• CARS TO REMEMBER A STAR BY

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    Paul Walker, a.k.a. Brian O’Conner, with beloved GT-R.

    Paul Walker, a.k.a. Brian O’Conner, with beloved GT-R.

    HERE’S a peculiar thing with car guys; we inextricably link film stars who are also car guys to the cars they drove on- or off-screen. And that’s even after these guys have long gone to that great garage in the sky. James Dean, then, will forever be tied to a Porsche 550 Spyder, Steve McQueen to the “Bullitt” fastback Mustang GT, Paul Newman to a Porsche 935 and various Datsun racecars. With the recent death of Paul Walker, the various cars he drove in the Fast & Furious franchise—where he starred in five of the movie’s six installments—are sure to take their place in car-centric cinema history.

    A fan site erected for the Fast & Furious movies, fastandfuriouswikia, lists at least 18 models that Walker drove, with the duration of the scenes showing the cars ranging from just a few seconds to several minutes—enough for the cars to turn into stars themselves. While Walker’s Brian O’Conner character clearly leans toward high-performance but relatively affordable cars, it’s noticeable that Nissan Skyline GT-Rs are the favorite, with five of these (two R34s, two R35s and a 1971 C10) making the cut. Well, Walker was a known fan of the legendary GT-R.

    The other cars listed by the site include, in no particular order, a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse, 1995 Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi 3000GT, 1999 Ford F-150 Lightning, 2002 Mitsubishi Evo VII (reportedly an Evo replica only), 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, 2002 Hummer H1, 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, 1970 Ford Escort Mk I, 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Police Car, 2010 Dodge Charger SRT8 and a 2010 Alfa Romeo Giuletta.

    Whether these are O’Conner’s or Walker’s choices, it can’t be argued it’s a collection that’s quite sweet to be remembered by.

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