Friday, 30 September 2011

In Pictures: AC/DC Exhibition

Thursday, 15 September 2011

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is passionate about cars

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is passionate about cars as he is about rock music and to prove it, he competed at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this weekend, driving a 1965 Lola T-70 amid 550 other historic vehicles that competed in 17 groups.

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Johnson was the first time to participate in this contest and he vowed that it would not be his last.

Johnson, 63, told Speed TV, “This is my first time here at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and my first time at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. But I’m going to come here for the rest of my life, and that’s a promise.”

Johnson racing inevitably compared to this song, since the two subjects, two things he knows very little about, saying, “You don’t give everything away at the first corner, just as you never give away everything at the start of a show. You have to keep it steady and then you build and build, and you get faster and smoother while building to a crescendo and leaving the crowd wanting more.”

He continued, “In both, you have a team of guys who make it all possible. In actuality, the car belongs to the crew; as a driver you are just borrowing it for a while. The main thing is to always stay calm; it is always a challenge when I get into a race car. Having driven this Lola, I really appreciate the guys who raced these cars in the 1960s. It’s no wonder they called them widow makers.”

In proceedings before the weekend, Johnson showed his skills, while 42 cases have come out with an impressive seventh, traversing a thrilling track with hairpin turns and a road curve called “The Corkscrew” in order to determine his grid position.

The singer has been an avid racer for 14 years, albeit in on-off fashion. That’s due to the fact that he has a pretty killer day job as, you know, in the history of the most successful and respected singer of rock band. It’s a trade-off, but he is able to indulge both passions

Johnson said, “Unfortunately, because of my day job where I am traveling for a couple of years at a time, I have to keep coming back and re-learning the driving technique. It is such a privilege to be sitting in a car that really good drivers once drove. Keeping the car on the track and coming anywhere close to what the original drivers have done is an achievement.”

Johnson to the next pit stop? January 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona race in the event of their lifetime dream to be dissatisfied.