From tuners to supercars, FuelFest had something for everyone. And Cody Walker was there soaking up the atmosphere too.
15,000 car-crazed individuals descended upon the South Florida Fairgrounds last week to attend FuelFest, one of the most exciting automotive events for lovers of all things aftermarket. Old or new, lifted or low, import or domestic - everybody was catered to.
More than 750 vehicles - comprised of import tuners, supercars, trucks, and everything else in between - were the biggest attraction, along with exciting drift racing and a special appearance by Fast and Furious star Tyrese Gibson. FuelFest was co-founded by Cody Walker (the late Paul Walker's brother), who wanted to create an event for car enthusiasts. Naturally, Cody was also in attendance to soak up the sights and sounds of the event, and so was CarBuzz.
A portion of the proceeds from the event goes towards Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), a charity started by Paul Walker, the much-loved movie star and famous petrolhead. The international event has been hosted all over the world, and we recently visited FuelFest Las Vegas to see what it's all about and speak to Cody Walker himself. Needless to say, our first impression left a mark that had us yearning for another dose of high-octane festivities.
We attended the West Palm Beach event and were bowled over by the cars on display here too. But before we get into that, we have to detail the superb drift performances. Formula Drift's Chelsea Denofa and several local drifters put on an amazingly smoky show for attendees. Some fans were even treated to ride-alongs in the drift cars.
Elsewhere, three dozen booths offered up an array of exciting accessories and technology, with plenty of aftermarket parts to purchase. What's more, demos and free gifts made the event all the more exciting.
As for the cars, there was something for everyone. The all-new BMW M4 CSL made an appearance alongside several McLaren, Ferrari, and Lamborghini supercars. If exotic machinery isn't your thing, the horde of Japanese tuners will almost certainly get your blood pumping. the Fast and Furious replicas were especially cool.
A gorgeous A80 Toyota Supra, Skyline GT-R R34, and Honda NSX took us back to the days of Gran Turismo 2, with these icons of Japanese motoring drawing crowds from all walks of life. American muscle also played a big part in the event, with numerous Mustangs, Challengers, and Camaros - all modified in different ways - sitting side by side with Japanese gems.
Other interesting vehicles we came across include the brand-new GMC Hummer EV Pickup, a gold-wrapped Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and a tricked-out DeLorean DMC-12. A far cry from the stainless-steel finish, the example on display boasts a black exterior with a wide body kit and a galaxy-inspired livery. Interestingly, the DeLorean name is set to make a return with a high-performance electric vehicle.
If you're interested in attending FuelFest in person, you'd best make a beeline to Texas, with the next event scheduled to take place at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on April 15. If the last two iterations are anything to go by, this event will only get better and better. In the meantime, check out our mega gallery below for more eye candy.
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