Just days after marking eight years since Paul Walker’s tragic death, brother Cody Walker hosted his annual FuelFest festival in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, which is a gathering of fast cars and music enthusiasts. During all the festive, high-octane fun, Cody had an emotional reunion with his older brother’s Fast & Furious co-star and very close friend, Vin Diesel.
However, fans of the Fast & Furious film franchise are doing their best to keep Paul Walker’s legacy alive, and at the forefront of their hearts and minds. Meanwhile, those fans who couldn’t make it in person were able to get a glimpse at the festival and their heartfelt reunion with some photos and videos that were posted on Instagram. In one lovely snap, Cody and Vin Diesel (real name Mark Sinclair) share an emotional hug that could pull at the heartstrings of any breathing human.
Cody, 33, posted the snap on his social media handle which shows the back to the camera dressed in a charcoal black t-shirt and baseball cap and wrote, “8 years later. Thank you #Phoenix @fuelfest.” Cody’s older brother’s co-star, 54, has his bulging biceps front-and-center in the image, dressed in a sleeveless black tee and donning stylish sunglasses.
Meanwhile, Fellow Furious cast member Tyrese Gibson was also on hand to lend his support for the event, all while they all remembered Paul Walker, eight years after he was killed in a fiery single-car crash in Valencia, California moments after leaving a charity event with friend Roger Rodas, who was also killed. “Family is here at @fuelfest,” Tyrese, 42, wrote on his Instagram Stories.
A portion of the proceeds from FuelFest will benefit Reach Out Worldwide, the charity Paul founded, and Cody now serves as CEO. “I’m here with my brother in FuelFest. It is such an honor to see the whole car culture being brought together by my brother Cody,” Vin said, as he had his arm around Cody at the crowded Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. He added, “I’m so proud of him, and I know my brother Pablo (Paul Walker) is even more proud of him; all love always.”
Paul, who was 40-years-old when he died, had been nearing the end of the shoot for Fast & Furious 7. But with scenes still left to be done, Cody and brother Caleb Walker, now 44, stepped into Paul’s role as Brian O’Conner. Along with being doubles for the character, the brothers also provided voiceovers, while other body and stunt doubles and CGI were used to complete the film, which was eventually released in 2015. The next movie in the film franchise, Fast & Furious 10, is slated to be released in 2023.