For youngsters today, it is the Marvel Comics Universe Avengers movies. But for a very specific group of fanatics who fell in love with car culture in the late ’90s and early 2000s, especially back when import drag racing was king, it was the original The Fast and the Furious trilogy. This was definitely the case for Chicago Bears defensive tackle John Jenkins. Long before he ever picked up a football in high school, John became obsessed with fast cars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
As a kid growing up in snowy Connecticut, he sat in a theater marveling at the bright Miami landscape, blue exhaust shooting from tailpipes, and the roaring cacophony of engine noise and spooling turbos featured in the second and often-overlooked chapter of the iconic movie series, 2 Fast 2 Furious. The way other adults live out their childhood dreams by traveling to San Diego Comic Con dressed in Jedi costumes brandishing light sabers, John decided, as soon as he realized his NFL dreams, to move to South Beach and buy the legendary car known by many import performance lovers simply as Godzilla. We got to talk to John about how he built up his 1995 R33 Nissan Skyline to be a match for any of the next-level cars he has seen on screen.
Anyone that talks to you can tell right away that you are a true performance car enthusiast. What first inspired that?
What inspired my love of cars was 2 Fast 2 Furious with Paul Walker. When I saw that movie, from that point on, I wanted to move down to South Florida and I wanted a Skyline. I got into the whole culture behind it. You’d be surprised, the people you meet in the car scene. A lot of people in the scene don’t even know that I’m an NFL player. All they know is I got a GT-R.