Friday, January 27, 2017

"Pink Floyd Drummer & Race Driver" Nick Mason Born - January 27, 1944

January 27, 1944
Nick Mason
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Born in, Birmingham, England.
Beside a racing driver, he a musician and composer, best known as the drummer of Pink Floyd. He is the only constant member of the band since its formation in 1965. Mason is the only Pink Floyd member to be featured on every one of their albums.
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It is estimated that as of 2010, the group have sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 74.5 million units sold in the United States.

As Pink Floyd's recording and touring schedule grew more sporadic, Mason was left with more time to pursue his favourite hobby, motor racing. He owns and races several classic cars, and has competed successfully at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

1977 Lola T927 owned by Nick Mason
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His collection has been a subject of his 1998 book, Into the Red, in which he documents his experience with his cars, along with some histories.

He is also a qualified pilot,
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and flies an Aerospatiale AS 350 Squirrel helicopter in specially painted colours.

Mason was invited by Ferrari to purchase one of their 400 Enzos, which he let Jeremy Clarkson borrow for reviewing purposes on the BBC motoring programme Top Gear. Mason agreed, on the sole condition that throughout the review, Clarkson promoted the release of the book Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd. This led to Clarkson using Pink Floyd album titles in his description of the Enzo and The Stig driving round the track with "Another Brick in the Wall" playing.

Ferrari 250 GTO - Driven by Marino Franchitti
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Sports car racer Marino Franchitti, the younger brother of multiple IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, is married to Mason's daughter Holly. Mason says that his favourite car of all time is the Ferrari 250 GTO, and owns one of the 39 built.

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Nick Mason - Ferrari 512BB LM - 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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