Scotland Remembers Fast and Furious Star Paul Walker with Motor Parade

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By Samantha Payne | December 15, 2013 3:22 AM EST

Over 1,000 expected at remembrance cruise for Fast and Furious Star Paul Walker

More than 1,400 car enthusiasts are expected to attend a 'cruise' for Fast and Furious star Paul Walker in Hamilton, Scotland, this weekend.

The actor died in a fiery single-car wreck in Southern California on 30 November. He was 40. His friend, Roger Rodas, who was driving the Porsche GT Carrera involved in the accident, also died.

News of Walker's tragic death shocked the world, and numerous events are being held in his memory.

The 'cruise' on Saturday night has been organised by car club Lanarkshire Street Cars at the car park behind the former MFI, Hamilton, in south Scotland.

Car fans will meet from 7.30pm, and a minute's silence will be held in memory of Walker at 8.20pm.

Chris Currie, 22, from Lanarkshire Street Cars, one of the event's organisers, said: "We are expected to have the car park full.

"There are convoys leaving from Aberdeen, Cumbernauld and so on. As it's a tribute to the passing of Paul Walker, this will be a very busy event.

"This event is the biggest one Hamilton will have had in many years."

He added that Walker was a big inspiration to all members of the club - and that most got into cars and modifications due to the Fast and Furious films.

Hamilton police will be attending on Saturday night.

Chief Inspector Alan Wright said: "Police Scotland are aware of the event which will take place in the Palace Grounds car park on Saturday.

"I would encourage those attending this event to behave responsibly by driving in a safe and considerate manner and not engaging in anti-social behaviour.

"Police Scotland are committed to keeping your community safe and police officers will be in attendance to ensure that this event passes without incident."

Jim Torp, who identified Roger Rodas, described how Rodas's eight-year-old son tried to save his dad.

He said: "I found out his son had jumped the fence and gone over, he was trying to get his dad out. Paul Walker's best friend was trying to get Paul out of the car while it was still on fire ... he was trying to save his friend ... there was nothing he could do."

Walker was in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Los Angeles, for a charity event to benefit his organisation Reach Out Worldwide, which sends first responders to the scenes of natural disasters.

Early reports indicated speed and drag racing may have been factors in the accident. 

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