Since the death of Hollywood actor Paul Walker late in November, fans around the world have gathered to pay tribute, often with huge turnouts of performance cars – a nod to Walker’s famous role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise.
However, one fan has taken things a bit far, by accidentally setting fire to his car during one such memorial event at a retail park in Aberdeen.
The unnamed – but clearly foolish – motorist set fire to his Ford Focus hatchback after continually revving the engine for 20 minutes.
The incident was captured on mobile phone and can be viewed above. The car’s engine can clearly be heard revving highly, before it stops abruptly, only to be followed by a cheer from the crowd.
The smoke billowing from the engine bay eventually gives way to a full-on inferno, leaving the idiotic driver with nothing but a burnt out shell of a car, once firefighters had tackled the blaze.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, local councillor Andrew May criticised the driver for his actions at the Beach Boulevard Retail Park: “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.
“I just cannot understand why anyone would do such a thing. If the car belonged to the person who did this, then good – maybe they will have learned a lesson.”
A spokesman for Track and Street Grampian, which organised the gathering, told the Daily Mail the hundreds of car enthusiasts who are part of the group were “embarrassed” by the “stupid” driver's actions.
He 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.
“Due to excessive heat and stupid behaviour on his part, this car sadly went up in flames. ?It was his fault.”
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