AC/DC Frontman Racing in Florida for Huntington's Disease Fundraiser
10/15/2013 9:53:00 AM
AC/DC's Brian Johnson will take the wheel of a Porsche 935 JLP HD1 on December 8 at the Sebring International Speedway in Florida to help raise money for and awareness of Huntington's Disease, according to PaddockTalk.com.
Seven other champion race-car drivers will compete at the famed 3.7-mile track and will feature internationally acclaimed drivers Rob Dyson, John Fergus, Hurley Haywood, Roger Mandeville, Jim Pace, Brian Redman and Dorsey Schroeder.
Johnson is an chronic auto junkie who races frequently and says that the rush is similar to playing live with the band. In a 2011 interview with SportsIllustrated.com, Johnson talked about his love of cars: "I love the way they look, I love the way they sound. It's probably because I was born in a small mining village and it's probably because there wasn't many cars there. The doctor had a car, the foreman had a car. The local policeman would have a car, but we lived in government housing and there just wasn't many cars. You might get your odd one but it was all motorbikes and sidecars. Petrol was still rationed and the cars were still ... a lot of them were pre-war cars and just horrible and black. It was dull and turgid. . . Suddenly, in the mid-'50s, there was something. There was the Nash Metropolitan. The first one I ever saw I was like, 'Wow, it's two-toned.' It just looked different. It was gorgeous. Then the Jowett Javelin, which was stunning. And then cars started turning into these beautiful objects. To me they did, anyway, with these bright colors and blues, and then the Minis. England was the king of the world. We had THE BEATLES, we had the Mini. We still had an army that could fill a football stadium. It was a great time and it was swinging England. And in America, the great thing was, cars and rock and roll came together. The '50s ... watching an Elvis Presley movie, these beautiful Cadillacs, gorgeous, bright red. They were works of art on their own. Of course, they were massive. You couldn't turn a corner in them, but who cares when you have your arm round a beautiful girl, driving down the beach at sunset? It was just stuff my dreams were made of. And it just fed my passion."
Meanwhile, rumors of a new AC/DC album have subsided. There was some talk that the band was in the studio earlier this year, but guess they were just jammin'.