As we’re expecting the release of Fast X, which should hit theaters on May 19, 2023, the recent wedding of franchise veteran Jordana Brewster and businessman Mason Morfit gave fans a massive opportunity to come back to the movie that started it all back in 2001. The couple augmented their wedding with no less than three machines that pay homage to the original Fast and Furious motion picture.
The event, which took place in Santa Barbara, California, on Saturday, was further linked to the F&F universe via the presence of co-stars Vin Diesel and Ludacris. In addition, the daughter of the late franchise star Paul Walker, Meadow, joined the celebration.
The 42-year-old actress and her 46-year-old husband rode in a blue 1994 Acura Integra GS-R. This is a replica of the machine her character, Mia Toretto, shared with Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor in the said 2001 motion picture. In fact, Richard
McMillan Avalos, who was a stand-in for Vin Diesel in Fast 7 and is the owner of the Acura, went as far as decorating the driver’s side window with an image of Mia and Brian.
It was a bit of a JDM meet
The automotive trio was an import take, as two other Japanese contraptions joined the club. The first is the FD-gen Mazda RX-7 that showed us the JDM side of Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) otherwise muscle car-dominated personality.
In addition, we’re looking at the first-generation Acura NSX (here’s one that got an EV conversion) that Mia hooned in the first and the fifth movie—the latter production picks up where the former left off. You can check out all three vehicles in the first Instagram post below (lens tip to stars and their cars).
We’re not sure if the NSX and the RX-7 are the original movie cars or not. However, the tribute build nature of the said Integra GS-R wedding hero car was confirmed by the man who facilitated its use at the event, as well as that of the Acura NSX.
The vehicles were sourced with the help of a man who used to serve as an F&F tech advisor
This is Craig Lieberman, who was the automotive advisor for the first three movies of the series. Back in the day, the enthusiast, who is now 56, brought a serious contribution to the franchise, for instance putting producers in touch with companies that could provide some of the rare Japanese vehicles featured in the films.
Now, as he explains in the second Instagram post below, the request for the machines came from a friend of the groom who introduced himself as Adam.
And, since the Integra movie car was unfortunately ruined in a crash that took place one month after filming came to an end, the vehicle seen here is naturally a tribute. However, Lieberman was able to get in contact with the said owner of the replica, as well as with the man who owns the NSX.
“A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from a fellow named Adam, who is a friend of the groom. He was trying to find the cars that Jordana drove in the early movies. I reached to @fitrich who was days away from completing his [Integra] replica. (The Hero car was destroyed in a car accident a month after filming). The owner of the NSX lives not far from me. I still had his number,” Lieberman explains.