• Honoring a fellow car enthusiast and a reminder how quickly it can all end- Paul Walker killed in a wreck

      Those who visit this site know who Paul Walker is and have likely seen the Fast and the Furious movies. The 40 year old Walker died in a tragic accident when the Carrera GT he was the passenger in lost control and slammed into a tree at a high rate of speed. The car caught fire and as the pictures show below there was not much left of the car or those inside. Paul is survived by his 15 year old daughter Meadow.


      This website is for performance automotive enthusiasts and does not make attempts to delve into celebrity and TMZ fueled culture but this is different. Yes, Paul Walker was an actor in a well known series of automotive movies that we often make fun of here. Not because we don't like them but actually because we like to them to such a level as enthusiasts we understand how Hollywood fudges with the reality of the automotive world for the purpose of entertainment.

      The thing is, Paul Walker was not just some guy playing a guy into cars. He was a true automotive enthusiast with a passion for the topic. He had a slew of modified cars one of which was a supercharged BMW E92 M3 built for track duty by the same company working on my car. I saw his vehicle many times when I would go check the status of my own M3 and I always in the back of mind thought I would run into him at some point down the line. This was not some random rich celebrity isolated in a bubble but there was a very real world automotive enthusiasm to him that at least for me had tangible aspects.

      Speaking of his M3 he raced it as part of the AE Performance team and one of those team members was the driver of the Carrera GT. Getting lost in the tragedy is that two people lost their lives here. Roger Rodas was the driver and obviously we do not know exactly what happened other than he clearly lost control of the vehicle. The Carrera GT is considered a high level drivers car and it definitely can bite you if you push further than you should. No matter how good of a driver you are (or think you are) this accident reminds us it can happen to anyone.

      This network wishes to pay its respects to both men and to their families who obviously are grieving. We consider ourselves car guys and so we honor our fallen fellow enthusiasts and hope another article like this never needs to be written. Those reading need to remember there are very real consequences to actions in high powered cars. Those consequences are often elevated when on public streets.

      Mr. Walker, you were participating in a charity event and participated in several humanitarian aid efforts. You used your fame and fortune to help others which is what made you different. Being an avid car enthusiast and contributing to the automotive community was just a cherry on top. You have had a greater impact on worldwide car culture than any of us can ever hope to even approach.

      You will be missed.







      This article was originally published in forum thread: RIP Paul Walker started by xShadows View original post
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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by xShadows Click here to enlarge
        Ryan Dunn from Jackass (I know it was a Porsche of some sort)
        Not a Carrera GT it was a GT3 I believe.
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        RIP Paul And Roger from AE
      1. wreckz's Avatar
        wreckz -
        Click here to enlarge I WOULD NEVER WANT TO BE A PASSENGER IN A CAR GOING THAT FAST FOR WHATEVER REASON I ALLWAYS LIKE TO BE THE DRIVER ... DAM..!!! WE LOST A GOOD ONE
      1. AlexQuattro's Avatar
        AlexQuattro -
        Just watched The Fast and the Furious. I find it's the best one of the series. I remember seeing it at the movies when it came out, I was 11. I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Was kind of weird watching it now that Paul's dead. And the screen that says DANGER TO MANIFOLD is weird too.... and the exhaust system MoTec makes. Anyways, Dom's sister is still hot though.
      1. mjmarovi's Avatar
        mjmarovi -
        So apparently this was a joy ride with a bunch of people around, just one block over from where this toy charity he was putting at as. His family and among others said they were not going for some high speed run or anything as there were kids around, they were simply taking the car around the block, is what they were saying.

        They also said they knew they weren't driving fast cause the didn't hear the car, only a very loud boom several minutes after they drove off. They were close enough people actually ran over from the charity event and found the car. I can't see this not being caused by high-speeds of some sort, malfunction on top of it or not.
      1. AlexQuattro's Avatar
        AlexQuattro -
        The last part of this video shows him beside the Porsche, maybe this was moments before the crash?

      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Those who visit this site know who Paul Walker is and have likely seen the Fast and the Furious movies. The 40 year old Walker died in a tragic accident when the Carrera GT he was the passenger in lost control and slammed into a tree at a high rate of speed. The car caught fire and as the pictures show below there was not much left of the car or those inside. Paul is survived by his 15 year old daughter Meadow.

        Click here to enlarge

        This website is for performance automotive enthusiasts and does not make attempts to delve into celebrity and TMZ fueled culture but this is different. Yes, Paul Walker was an actor in a well known series of automotive movies that we often make fun of here. Not because we don't like them but actually because we like to them to such a level as enthusiasts we understand how Hollywood fudges with the reality of the automotive world for the purpose of entertainment.

        The thing is, Paul Walker was not just some guy playing a guy into cars. He was a true automotive enthusiast with a passion for the topic. He had a slew of modified cars one of which was a supercharged BMW E92 M3 built for track duty by the same company working on my car. I saw his vehicle many times when I would go check the status of my own M3 and I always in the back of mind thought I would run into him at some point down the line. This was not some random rich celebrity isolated in a bubble but there was a very real world automotive enthusiasm to him that at least for me had tangible aspects.

        Speaking of his M3 he raced it as part of the AE Performance team and one of those team members was the driver of the Carrera GT. Getting lost in the tragedy is that two people lost their lives here. Roger Rodas was the driver and obviously we do not know exactly what happened other than he clearly lost control of the vehicle. The Carrera GT is considered a high level drivers car and it definitely can bite you if you push further than you should. No matter how good of a driver you are (or think you are) this accident reminds us it can happen to anyone.

        This network wishes to pay its respects to both men and to their families who obviously are grieving. We consider ourselves car guys and so we honor our fallen fellow enthusiasts and hope another article like this never needs to be written. Those reading need to remember there are very real consequences to actions in high powered cars. Those consequences are often elevated when on public streets.

        Mr. Walker, you were participating in a charity event and participated in several humanitarian aid efforts. You used your fame and fortune to help others which is what made you different. Being an avid car enthusiast and contributing to the automotive community was just a cherry on top. You have had a greater impact on worldwide car culture than any of us can ever hope to even approach.

        You will be missed.

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      1. sr20seb's Avatar
        sr20seb -
        Goes to show you that even on a big wide desolate street and an experienced driver at the wheel things can go from fun to tears in a very short time. As for the guy who was afraid the car was going to blow up (too many Hollywood movies), you need to realize not everybody is brave, there are cowards out there, and no matter what kind of situation you put them in they will only respond in one way. That being said, good thing there were other people present on the scene who rushed to the vehicle with fire extinguishers but the flames were too great to battle through. One of the guys who spoke to the local news said they spent a lot of fire extinguishers to no avail.

        He definitely was a true gearhead with a passion for cars. I will miss him because he wasn't shoved down anybody's throat, he had a laid back publicity team but everybody knew who he was even if he wasn't the same caliber as Heath Ledger. RIP Paul.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        I'm not sure I can say anything that hasn't already been said. Was following this all last night, and was very sad to learn of this happening. He seemed like a genuinely great guy. Didn't know he had a Gintani-built M3. Very interesting. He will be missed by many.

        As far as the CGT, I am a little shocked at the apparently intense fire. I know that they are hard to drive, not for beginners, and can be hard to handle. Hell, they don't even have PSM. But, I wonder why the fire. Seems to me this has happened before. Either way, once again, we are reminded that these things are just one step removed from a road-legal P2 car. Approach with caution. So sad that this one took two lives along with its own.
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
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      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        The more I read remarks from fellow Hollywood celebrities. The more you realize he was truly a great guy. Everyone is saying he wasn't your typical celeb, he was down to earth and very kind. Very sad.

        RIP Paul Walker
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        So sad Click here to enlarge

        RIP!

        But the car had to be flying, literally. Surely in the triple digits.
      1. mikolo-n54's Avatar
        mikolo-n54 -
        RIP, he did not deserve to go so early. Great guy with a good heart. Same goes to Roger.

        I will always think twice before spirited runs. This opens my eyes, no more passengers with me when doing runs or pulls, even if they want to. Not that I question my experience, but that fact that anything could happen at anytime.
      1. Jake@Eurocharged.com's Avatar
        Jake@Eurocharged.com -
        I posted this on our FB fan page...got a good laugh and figured I would share..


        In tribute to Paul Walker- Everything you need to know in life- as learned from The Fast and the Furious


        You need NAWZ. Two bottles. The big ones.
        It ain't how you stand by your car, it's how you race your car. If you are not Double-Cluthching- you’re Granny Shifting! The buster brings you back.
        You can have any beer, as long as it's a Corona.
        If the road suddenly narrows, drive under a truck.
        Practice racing with Gran Turismo 3 A-SPEC.
        Even the cops in Hollywood are Hollywood.
        No one likes the tuna.
        Big wing=BIG speed.
        Amateurs don't use NAWZ.
        Never narc on nobody.
        Honda S2000s are supposed slow.
        Stickers, stickers, stickers.
        It doesn't matter if you win by an inch or a mile- Winning's winning!
        Stand-alone fuel management systems are GOOD and cost $10K
        Leopard-skin pants make you a badass.
        Live life a quarter-mile at a time.
        LA cops respond to one emergency at a time, with the entire police force.
        Only asians, latinos, and black people street race- everyone else is an undercover cop.
        Shooting a MAC-11 from a motorcycle isn't easy.
        Ramming a Charger with a motorcycle hurts.
        Oil tastes bad.
        Pizza boys don't like street racers.
        Stay out of Asian turf or don't sleep with their sisters.
        The Fed with the loudest voice can pin it on anyone he wants.
        The proper display of affection with a bald man is kissing his head.
        Cuban restaurants are always called "Cha-Cha-Cha."
        Truckers don't know how to use brakes.
        It's not a color unless it begins with "neon."
        Car part stores give SVT Lightnings to delivery boys.
        Fire bursting from tailpipe equals speed.
        High-pitched buzzing exhaust equals speed.
        Hoods and bodykits don't need paint.
        It's not the train that gets you- it's the truck.
        Overuse of nitrous oxide makes the floorboard fall out.
        Dual tailpipes are good. Quad tailpipes are better.
        If you scream "NAWZ" it will explode.
        Ferraris are more than you can afford, pal.
        You can beat any car if you say "Smoke 'em" before you run.
        Any scrapheap can be made race-ready in under a week if the parts are ordered from Ja-Pan.
        Computer-controlled nitrous kits require a laptop.
        Owning a supressed MAC-11 is a "minor weapons violation."
        And whatever you do, don't blow the welds on the intake!
      1. Legionofboom's Avatar
        Legionofboom -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mikolo-n54 Click here to enlarge
        RIP, he did not deserve to go so early. Great guy with a good heart. Same goes to Roger.

        I will always think twice before spirited runs. This opens my eyes, no more passengers with me when doing runs or pulls, even if they want to. Not that I question my experience, but that fact that anything could happen at anytime.


        Life is risk, you take someone, you avoid some, Always make good choices and live long and prosper.
      1. .blackgt.'s Avatar
        .blackgt. -
        R.I.P. to Paul Walker and condolences to his family.

        Here is something to add to the stories.

        http://thelibertydigest.com/2013/12/...r-paul-walker/
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        Paul's Gintani Stage 3 M3 track car

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      1. Bozo954's Avatar
        Bozo954 -
        What a frickin bummer.Click here to enlarge Yes, there've been many others, but in relatively recent memory in SoCal...............first, it's Mask from Tapout - in March 2009, but like it was last month - and now Walker.

        Never can make any sense of this.

        RIP, brother.
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by .blackgt. Click here to enlarge
        R.I.P. to Paul Walker and condolences to his family.

        Here is something to add to the stories.

        http://thelibertydigest.com/2013/12/...r-paul-walker/
        I would not say foul play.

        But people from the shop have a suspicion the car had a steering malfunction. There was a fluid trail on the ground and skid marks are short and straight. Leading many to think Rodas had no steering just prior to impact.
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        RIP