Hundreds of Paul Walker fans who jammed the College of the Canyons campus last year for a car memorial service in honor of the actor will now have to drive to Anaheim to catch this year’s followup fundraising event.
Last year’s car show/tribute was such an overwhelming success, according to the organizer, that a bigger venue is needed.
In May, hundreds of cars and more than 2,000 car enthusiasts descended on the COC campus in May, filling COC’s lower parking lot to see a wide range of interesting cars.
The event, now dubbed FuelFest 2019, is scheduled to take place as an inaugural event Saturday, March 2, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 East Gene Autry Way.
“We moved because of the number of people who turned up last time,” FuelFest co-founder Chris Lee said Thursday.
“At COC we had the (Los Angeles County) Fire Department come out and tell us we had too many people,” he said, noting “parking was an issue.”
This year’s event is sold out, Lee said, noting he wants the public to know about it so that patrons go to the right venue.
This year, organizers are building on the popularity of the event, billing it as: “Where passion meets art through cars and music.”
FuelFest is put on by Walker’s brother, Cody Walker, with money from the event going to
Paul Walker’s foundation called Reach Out WorldWide.
Home to the successful “Fast and Furious” movie franchise, Southern California fittingly provides the inaugural platform for FuelFest 2019, according to organizers.
FuelFest, they say, brings together the passion of the car community to major cities “across the globe, showcasing an eclectic collection of cars and music, creating an everlasting experience that will leave fans looking forward to the next event while sharing their experience with social media followers worldwide.”
The event is expected to feature celebrities, movie cars used in the Fast & Furious official movie, exotics, classics, imports, food, drinks, vendors, DJ, music, art, and more.
Paul Walker was killed with his friend Roger Rodas, 38, when the Porsche driven by Rodas smashed into a light pole and tree and then burst into flames Nov. 30, 2013, near Rye Canyon Loop.
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