Actor Paul Walker in racing gear. He was a car enthusiast and amateur racer, which makes his death more puzzling.

Actor Paul Walker in racing gear. He was a car enthusiast and amateur racer, which makes his death more puzzling.

Paul Walker’s death in a car crash at 40 is all the more shocking because the “Fast & Furious” movie star was an avid sports car enthusiast and amateur racer of all kinds of performance cars.

Walker, 40, was killed today (Nov. 30) when his recently acquired Porsche GT sports car flew off the road, struck an obstacle and burst into flames. An unknown passenger was also in the car.

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A rep for the actor said in a statement this evening that Walker was a passenger in a friend’s car. Witnesses on the scene said the car was Paul’s, and confirmed he was a passenger, according to gossip site TMZ.

He was an avid collector and talked enthusiastically about buying a 1973 Porsche 911 RS, a model similar to the one he died in, during a 2011 visit with Jay Leno, who also is an avid car collector.

At one point, Walker owned 20 to 30 cars, including several vintage and souped up BMWs, a high-powered Toyota Supra and a Cosworth Ford race car.

Because of his role in the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, which involves numerous high-speed car chases, Walker was in demand for personal appearances at car events and races. In fact, he was attending a car show to raise money for Philippine typhoon victims when he died.

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He not only appeared at events, he participated in them as well. He raced a BMW E92 M3 in the 2010 season of the “Redline Time Attack,” a type of rally race.

In 2011, he also participated in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a Porsche Pace Car and almost drove it into a ditch.

He also did some promotional work for Lexus and raced the brand’s super-expensivve Lexus LFA in a demonstration at Willow Springs Raceway.

In 2010, he drove in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, an endurance race in Southern California, for the Motorsports Enterprise Racing (Team MER). It was Walker’s first Pro-Am race.

Pauls’ grandfather was also a race car driver, and Walker obtained a dealer’s license so he could buy and sell cars at wholesale.

His background and history with cars makes his death all the more mysterious.

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