With the recent passing of Paul Walker, The Fast and Furious franchise is being talked about non stop. There is worry about the future of the franchise, but I wanted to take a step back and look at what started it all and made the first The Fast and the Furious a great movie.

To me, it can all be boiled down to one, transcendent scene. That would be the first drag race between O’Connor (Walker),  Toretto (Vin Diesel), and Edwin (Ja Rule). I do not use the term “transcendent” lightly. To be honest, this first movie has it’s mediocre moments. Some of the later movies in the franchise get much worse. But this scene went places countless other “drag race scenes” failed to go.

From the outset we are taken inside the cars mechanics, watching fuel and turbocharged thunder work their magic. Then in the next few minutes we see hubris, desperation, joy, victory, loss, a little bit of humor, and a speed warped world powered by nitro methane. BTW, drag races are supposed to last less that 15 seconds. This scene last’s a good three minutes plus.

To sum it up, it’s beautiful and helped make countless teenagers (including myself) into gearheads overnight.

But enough talk! Please enjoy this Great Moment in Action history, the first drag race from The Fast and the Furious.

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Derek Scarzella is a lone wolf running through the night with a heart full of dynamite and a limitless passion for Action movies and all things awesome. ‘Nuff said

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