I’m not one to worship rock stars, and I’ve met enough world class drivers that I no longer stare, jaw agape, when one says hello or shakes my hand. Combine the two, however, and all bets are off. Just in case you were raised by wolves and have no knowledge of rock music from the 1970s to the year 2000, Nick Mason is the drummer for Pink Floyd. Despite all of the conflict between Roger Waters and David Gilmour, Mason was the one constant: if Pink Floyd was touring, it was Mason at the back of the stage behind his drum kit.
In addition to being a rock star, Mason is also an avid car collector and one hell of a good driver. Had his attention not been elsewhere (on making ungodly amounts of money and bumping uglies with the world’s most beautiful women), he probably could have been a star driver. Would he have been good enough to challenge the likes of Niki Lauda and Emerson Fittipaldi? We’ll never know for sure, but I suspect the answer is “yes”.
While other rock stars are enjoying their retirement by playing golf or planning yet another reunion tour, Mason is still out running vintage auto races. If you’re lucky enough to be at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 2 to 4), he’ll be campaigning the 1939 Auto Union Type D you see in the picture above. I don’t think this is one of Mason’s cars, but instead was pulled from Audi’s corporate collection. His relationship with Audi is so tight that many jokingly refer to him as “Auto Union’s last works driver”.
Enjoy this year’s Festival of Speed, Mr. Mason, and if we ever have the opportunity to meet I promise not to stare with my jaw agape. For long, at least.