It's almost a tradition now. For every new release of the "Fast & Furious" series of movies, there's a gathering of car geeks, Supra nerds and car-culture groupies here in Southern California to celebrate the screening of the newest movie, for better or worse. But these guys aren't the rowdy kids like in the movie who are willing to race anything on four wheels. Ironically, the Fast and Furious Movie meet is anything but. It's a gathering organized and put on by Ryan Hawkins for the more mature car nut who got too old for street racing, got a real job and income, but is still into the import car culture.
On the promise of seeing lots of Supras, GT-Rs and many of the actual movie vehicles, we tagged along on the fourth meet to celebrate the fourth movie. It's also a sort of reunion for the big wigs of tuning culture from ex-USCC contestants and their cars to guys like Daryl Alison, the guy who supplies the GT-Rs for most of the movies. The cars are also from the A-list of big-boy tuner toys like Supras, GT-Rs of all varieties, NSXs and a couple exotics sprinkled in. The few EVOs and STIs that did show up took up their spots in the far corner of the lot. In total, 158 cars turned out for a single 10 pm showing. Unfortunately, mall security took the calm gathering as a terrorist security risk and herded all the gathers and onlookers out on their blinged-out Segways.
So if there's a next movie and a next time, scour the forums to keep an eye out because invitation to this gathering is by word of mouth only to keep the ricer kiddies and the trouble they bring away. Otherwise, you'll just have to wait around in the valet parking lot of The Block at Orange on opening night. You might just see the a caravan of the most fast and furious cars imaginable pulling in.