Photos: Kevin Choi | Words: Mark Aquino
We all recognize icons in the Hollywood limelight. The world was shaken upon hearing the demise of one icon that became a part of the car scene. Paul Walker was taken away during an accident that occurred in 2013. Time has gone by but he is never forgotten. He left us with memories of his passion for cars and his mission to help those in need through Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). KUConnection, Chase Donnelly from Timeless Motor Group and several sponsors organized a pre-release showing of Furious 7. All proceeds went to Paul’s charity – ROWW. I was honored to be invited to this exclusive event, which included a networking reception and also showcasing some of the top cars in the region. A raffle was in the mix as well with prizes from several sponsors including the Four Seasons Hotel. Eagle One products gave out gift bags too. I was impressed with the support of companies for this cause.
The event started out at the foyer of ArcLight Cinemas located in Bethesda, MD. As the cars rolled in and settled in their designated areas, it was time to look around and say hello to familiar faces. You might have seen these rides at car shows or even published in magazines. I have to say, the bar was raised in this event. It brought all aspects of the car community including Exotic, JDM, VIP, Domestic, Track-Spec, etc. together. Eventually we made our way to the theatre, grabbed drinks and waited for our group to be seated.
I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone that hasn’t watched it yet. It gets emotional, bring a napkin, your eyes may get moist.
I’d like to thank Khris Uybengkee from KU Connection, Chase Donnelly from Timeless Motor Group for planning and organizing this wonderful event. It truly shows how Paul Walker’s spirit still lives on and how greatly he still impacts the automotive community.
On to the pictures:
Emotion Crew’s Alex and his immaculate Subaru featured in Modified Magazine and Andrew’s super clean Evo X on Work wheels.
Killer BMWs from Timeless Motorgroup featuring Edison’s Red Dragon and Chase’s E46.
The #sotrendy Evo X built by APAC and Moore Automotive. Talon’s Turbo XS equipped Wicked White Evo X alongside Joshua’s Speed3, representing CCEVO.
APAC built Godzilla finally revealed. Sean’s Liberty Walk GTR was a show stopper that night. The attention to detail was really amazing on this. Unlike most Liberty Walk builds I’ve seen (with having gone to SEMA 2014), this one has meaty tires, rides static on coilovers, the kit is also molded and riveted. Just perfect. This beast also has the power to back up its looks.
Another APAC Godzilla, Byron’s 700 HP GT-R
Mark Naylor’s Lexus GS, featured in PASMAG.