Diesel powers inaugural automotive-enthusiasts show at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Cody Walker (from left), Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson of the ‘Fast & Furious’ action-movie franchise entertain fans at FuelFest at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in West Chandler. –Photos courtesy of FuelFest

Fans at FuelFest’s inaugural West Chandler event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this month knew that Cody Walker and Tyrese Gibson of the “The & Furious” action-film franchise were to appear. But at the last minute, thousands of car enthusiasts on hand were treated to a surprise when Vin Diesel joined his co-stars.

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In its third year, FuelFest blends automotive world enthusiast’s passion with celebrities, live music, food, drinks and art while raising money for charities.

Vin Diesel

Co-founded by Cody Walker and Chris Lee, FuelFest donates a portion of its proceeds to Reach Out WorldWide, the non-profit charity founded by Paul Walker and continued by his brother, Cody.

ROWW was founded in 2010 by the late actor/producer after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti and Walker was inspired to organize a relief team that responded to the disaster. Its mission is to fill the gap between the availability of skilled resources in post-disaster situations. ROWW completed four deployments in 2020 and continues to operate where needed.

Since Paul’s passing, ROWW continues to be a platform to make a difference in other people’s lives. It hopes to turn the “I generation” into the “goodwill generation” by giving people not just a voice but a chance to act.

The West Chandler show featured more than 600 custom, exotic, rare and exclusive cars and trucks.

There were car exhibitions, drag racing and a massive live-action drift course that ran the length of the venue and a VIP lounge sponsored by Barrett Jackson.

More information: roww.org and FuelFest.com.

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