CYBERJAYA: The sight of a replica of Brian O’Connor’s Nissan Skyline R34 GTR from the second installation of the Fast & Furious movie franchise was a clear indication that this coming weekend would be anything but ordinary.

O'Connor was the character played by the late Paul Walker.

This Oct 12 and 13, Malaysia will play host to "Drive 4 Paul" for the very first time in Bandar Malaysia, Sungai Besi.

This is a first for the event and car show in the country and the Southeast Asian region, as apart from being held annually in the United States, it is only held in a handful of other countries, namely Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.

Reach Out World Wide (ROWW) ceo Cody Walker addresses the media during the press conference in Cyberjaya. -NSTP/Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

Yesterday, Tourism Malaysia proudly announced the collaboration between local motoring event organiser Retro Havoc Malaysia and Reach Out World Wide (ROWW) – a non-profit rapid response team that is committed to providing critical aid to those affected by natural disasters & humanitarian crises, which is now run and managed by Paul's younger brother Cody Walker – to host the Drive 4 Paul event and car show right here.

“This is my first time in Malaysia and I am so impressed and humbled by how warm and nice everyone is over the past two days that I have been here. The weather here is quite hot compared to Los Angeles which is where I live, but the rain seems to cool everything down, and there’s so much lush greenery around wherever I see, so I am very happy to be here for the inaugural Drive 4 Paul event, drive and car show, and I hope Malaysians from all over come and lend their support as it is all for a good cause, and the entrance fee is only RM10,” said a beaming Cody.

Drive 4 Paul takes off this weekend thanks to the efforts of organisers Retro Havoc Malaysia, who invited Cody and ROWW to join forces and hold the event here where there will be a charity fundraising through ticket sales, registration fees, merchandising, and food and beverage, with proceeds channelled to the fund.

There will be more than 420 exotic performance, vintage and classic cars on display at the car and automotive show this Saturday which is open to members of the public with an entrance fee of RM10 per person, while on Sunday, participants who registered will take part in a special convoy ride and drive to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), followed by a trip to the island of Langkawi.

“This is a very good effort in promoting our country and it is part of the build-up towards Visit Malaysia Year 2020 which is just around the corner, while also being part of our motorsports calendar for this year,” said Datuk Musa Yusof, director general of Tourism Malaysia, who was present along with Malaysia Automotive Robotic and IoT Institute (MARii) chief executive officer, Dato’ Madani Sahari.

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Cody Walker tests one of the cars on display. - NSTP/Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali