Brian Johnson, the frontman of the band AC/DC, can rock with the best of them. But he can compare car collections with anyone, too, especially his beloved Rolls Royce.
Johnson’s passion for vintage automobiles has led to his new gig, host of the new series “Cars That Rock.” The six episode, 60-minute series will start May 8 on Quest, Freeview Channel 38 in the United Kingdom.
The Back2Back Productions series will feature Johnson as he pursues his passion of cars. He’ll examine the history of cars, meeting fanatics and of racing.
In a video clip of the new program, Johnson details why his Rolls Royce Phantom is his favorite car.
The Phantom, he said, is an “absolute 10. To me, it’s the ultimate vehicle. It can go north of 60 in five seconds.”
Johnson was quoted in Sports Illustrated three years ago. He compared performing in his long rock and roll to the power and mayhem of a car full of horsepower.
“You have to do them to understand what I’m talking about,” said Johnson. There are very few people who have ever had that unique experience. When you go on stage, you go with four other lads, and in my case I’ve got four of the greatest guys on the planet to play with, my friends, great lads.”
“On stage, the flag drops, kind of, and you come out and you start, and it’s the same as racing. You can’t give too much too early. You can’t dive into that first corner. You’ve got two and a half hours to go. You’ve got to bring it up and keep it going.
“You can’t just give it all away and have the rest of it be pretty boring. And then it’s the same in racing. You can’t be a big flurry of arms and fists and fists and arms because you’ll end up in the grass, screwed up or whatever. It’s a case of using your head.”
Article Last Updated: April 27, 2014.
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