We sometimes come across some artists who totally redefine the way we look at certain things. They give their own identity to it. Paul Walker was one such artist. He gave a new identity to Street Racing, Illegal Racers, Tuners to name a few.
Paul started his career at an early age of 2 years old in television shows. He began a film career in 1998 with the movie Monster in the Closet. But what made him stand out of the crowd was his part in Fast and Furious. This movie gave him a new character to play, one which will stand with him for a life time. He was now Brian O’Conner an under cover cop who turns into a street racer. Brian is not only a movie character but a living being in itself that no one can replace.
Some cars that he drove in the very famous Fast and Furious movie series are now iconic. He gave a new meaning to Nissan Skyline, Mitsubishi Lancer EVO and Toyota Supra. The silver/blue Skyline O’Conner drove in 2 Fast 2 Furious is one of the most loved movie car of all time.
He knew how street racers lived, how they dressed up and how they talk. It all became so easily relatable. That plain round neck tee with a simple jeans, unshaven look with messed up hair all reminiscent of true-blue tuners. His love for tuners was seen in every movie but a Skyline always stood his favorite. I think we all remember that epic race Vin Diesel and Paul did in Fast and Furious as they go through a railway line crossing, That moment in 2 Fast 2 Furious when he is suddenly called up for a race midnight and he just dresses up and get into his neon lit Skyline. Some moments are never forgotten.
Along with being an “Adrenaline Junkie” he was also a Marine Biologist. He also worked in many other movies like Into the Blues. But the F&F series is what he made his identity with. Many teen boys (like me) heard the terms “Throttle”, “NOS”, “1/4th mile” for the first time because of Walker. We got an essence of the excitement whenever he sat on the driver seat.
Today this racer is not between us. He left to a new world. He breathed his last in something that he loved with all his heart, a race car. The man driving the Porsche Carrera GT was an ex-racer, his good friend, his racing team manager Roger Rodas. He went away with his good friend but left us all with a vacant space. Paul made us grab our seats in excitement, we felt the rush when he pushed down throttle, gave goose bumps with every gear shift, driving past 150 mph he showed us what is Fast and furious it gets.!
Even in his absence, his soul with flow in fuel rail of every Supra, his presence will be felt each time a Skyline’s engine is ignited, he will be recalled when an EVO goes down 1/4th mile run. No one knows what holds to the future of Fast and Furious series but we all know for sure it will never be the same without this blue eyed blonde tuner. I swear the day I own a tuner car myself, it will have “This Tuner is dedicated to Officer O’Conner” embedded in the rear. He gave me dreams that i have to fulfill. Along with us his co-stars are equally or more disturbed as Dwayne wrote “All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.” and Ludacris posted “Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark”
Return If Possible Paul because your Skyline isn’t a thing without you.
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