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Fast & Furious fan charged after setting his car on fire in Paul Walker tribute

Tue, 17 Dec 2013

Tributes to Paul Walker, the 40-year-old star of the Fast & Furious movie franchise who was killed in a car crash on 30 November, have reached the Beach Boulevard Retail Park in Aberdeen. Local car fans gathered in the shopping centre’s car park to pay their respects to Mr Walker but one of the group took their tribute a stage too far.

The teenage motorist revved the engine of his Ford Focus for 20 minutes

The unnamed teenage motorist revved the engine of his mk1 Ford Focus for a full 20 minutes until the inevitable happened and the car burst into flames. He has since been officially charged with reckless conduct by the police.

The over-exuberant car owner escaped without serious injury but that’s more than can be said for his beloved car. After swift attention from the fire engine that attended the scene, the vehicle left on a low loader heading in the direction of the nearest scrap yard.
 

Andrew May, a member of the local council, expressed his shock at the incident. “I cannot understand the mentality of a person who would do a thing like that. It is extremely fortunate that whoever was doing the revving was not harmed.”

A spokesperson for Track and Street Grampian, the local car enthusiast group that organised the Paul Walker tribute, said: “We do not condone this behaviour but sadly there are people out there that think it's appropriate to act like this. The person involved sat on the rev limiter for 20 minutes, which is an inexcusable thing to do in any car.”

Paul Walker died when the Porsche Carrera GT he was travelling in as a passenger crashed into a lamp post and burst into flames in Los Angeles last month. The actor was best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious movie franchise. He was buried on Sunday at a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills.

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By Steve Walker, content editor, MSN Cars