The 'Fast & Furious' Origin Story


'Fast & Furious' franchise was set to represent the subculture drag race movement in New York and commodified into a money-spinning franchise.

The Vin Diesel-starrer franchise has been running for nearly 21 years introducing the Generation Z with a near perfect lesson about the street culture.

The origin of what is called an 'Import Scene' can be traced back to the Prohibition era of the 1920s where bootleggers modified cars to transport alcohol to get away from police.

But, in the 1990s, the drag racing culture started in the New York. It was the fruition of the bootlegger tactic.

The car fervor helped to boosted the culture. However, the racers in the US used the Japanese models like Honda Civic and Integras, modifying them, creating graffiti, and boosting the horsepower with nitrous oxide.

One of the pioneers of the movement was the Dominican racer Rafael Estevez.

In 1998, Vibe Magazine popularized his story with 'Racer X' article written by Ken Li.

Rob Cohen heard about the article, attended a race in the West Coast, and pestered the Universal Studios to adapt it into a film.

Rob Cohen wishes that Universal Studios approaches him to direct the last installment of the billion-franchise.

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