Gallo 12 Or 24 Fast And Furious Scene Explained

It’s one of the most iconic lines from the franchise and one of the most meme’d about, but where did it come from? Allow us to explain
2 Fast 2 Furious cast
2 Fast 2 Furious cast

If you’ve seen a meme somewhere joking about ‘Gallo 12 or 24’ and are wondering what on earth it’s referring to, you’ve come to the right place. Allow us to explain this piece of lore from the Fast and Furious franchise in the simplest terms.

It’s a quote from 2 Fast 2 Furious, the second film in the series (if that wasn’t clear enough from ‘2’ appearing twice in the title), uttered during an exchange between protagonist Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Agent Dunn (Edward Finlay).

Having been arrested earlier in the film due to the events unfolding during the final act of The Fast and the Furious, which saw Brian aid and abet Dominic Toretto, our hero is given a choice - go to prison, or go undercover to help bust drug baron Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) and be free to go.

It’s proposed that Brian teams up with US Customs Agent Dunn to pose as a pair of street racers, but it’s quickly established the former is pretty clueless about the subject matter using a trick question.

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"So, Dunn, looks like we're going to be partners bro. Could you tell me real quick - what would be a better motor for my Skyline - Gallo 12 or 24?” Brian asks. After a pause, Dunn replies, “Erm, 24,” to which Brian scathingly states, “I didn't know pizza places made motors”. Dunn then looks down and notices the drink he’s been sipping on is from ‘Gallo’s Pizza’. Oops.

Using this as proof that Dunn would be a liability on the proposed operation owing to his lack of street-racing knowledge, Brian’s allowed to choose his own partner for the gig, who is - of course - Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), a character who’d return for Fast Five and appear in every of the franchise’s entries henceforth, and will no doubt appear in Fast and Furious 11

We’re assuming ‘Gallo’s Pizza’ was an invention for the film rather than a real place in Miami (there certainly isn’t any such establishment currently based in the city). However, there is a place called Gallo’s Pizza and Subs in Rochester, New York which predates 2 Fast 2 Furious by over 10 years. While unconnected, perhaps it’s worth a pilgrimage if you’re a true fan. 


Josh Frament

He was asking the guy what engine he should pick and the guy was drinking a 24oz soda from Gallo Pizzeria. The joke is that the pizza place doesn’t make engines.

11/18/2015 - 16:06 |
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In 2Fast2Furious, Brian asks this to an undercover cop, who’s supposed to be a car guy, if he should get a Gallo 12 or Gallo 24 engine for his R34 to test his car knowledge (none)

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Chris Woolery

It’s the size of the cup in 2F2F when Brian’s getting assigned to some random partner. He asks the kid which engine he should put in his Skyline (A gallo 12 or a gallo 24) and the cop responds with “24”. After this, Brian says “I didn’t know pizza places made engines.” aaaaaaaaaaaand that’s about where Roman comes into the picture.

11/18/2015 - 16:16 |
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