A new series hosted by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, “Cars That Rock”, is airing in the U.K. on Thursdays starting on May 8 on Quest, Freeview Channel 38.
The Back2Back Productions series follows Johnson as he pursues his passion of cars, looking into the history, meeting the fanatics and of racing.
“Cars That Rock” is described as a series of six 60-minute episodes in which Brian looks at six of his favorite makes of car (three from the U.K. and three from other parts of Europe). Brian races some of the cars in professional races and he also drives other cars at high speed. From the Bugatti and Ferrari to the humble Mini, Brian delves into their fascinating histories, from big-screen appearances in blockbusters to some very famous owners.
A new video clip from “Cars That Rock” in which Johnson takes a pair of Porsches racing can be seen below.
Johnson previously stated about his love of cars: “A few years ago, AC/DC did a gig at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. There were 119,000 people gathered on the hills and stands. It was wonderful to stand up there with the band, but when I was on stage singing, I thought, I wish I could drive this track.
“If someone had asked me when I was a teenager whether I wanted to become a top driver or the lead singer with one of the world’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll bands, I’d have said driver. I always imagined myself as Stirling Moss or Graham Hill. Luckily, the music worked out and has meant I can live the dream of racing.
“I am often asked to compare the two. When you are strapped into a car hurtling towards the first bend, the adrenaline has to be greater than it is when you’re on stage. Maybe that’s because the risk of hurting yourself or worse on stage is not the same as in motor racing.
“I was once racing a Porsche when the engine of the car in front blew up. Driving through a wall of smoke, with oil all over the windscreen, I couldn’t see a thing. At times like that you wonder if you will emerge alive. Now I count myself as a lucky man in that I get the opportunity both to sing and to drive.
“The idea [for ‘Cars That Rock’] started when a TV producer read my book, ‘Rockers And Rollers’, and thought: ‘Rock ‘n’ roll and cars — let’s give it a shot.’ I was quite amazed because, apart from fronting a few fun short films about racing in America, I had not really done any presenting.
“They said to me: ‘Brian, can you pick six makes of car from the past 100 years that have made a significant impact on automotive history?’ Of course there are dozens, but I could pick only six. It was difficult, because I knew people would disagree with some of them. It ended up being Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche, Mini, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. I was looking for individual genius: men who, through their inventiveness and design skills, changed the face of motorcars: Ettore Bugatti, Ferruccio Lamborghini and WO Bentley, for example.”