Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason will leave you comfortably numb: “It’s embarrassing how rich we have become”.
Drummer Nick Mason admits that he and his companions have been quite lucky in life
In an interview for the Telegraph, Nick Mason admitted that he and his peers feel mortified when they think about how much money they have in the bank. “Our rock generation has been more than lucky – said the drummer – I think we all feel a little embarrassed about our heritage and how we use it. My environmental impact is heavy “.
In the course of the interview, Mason also admitted that Pink Floyd in the 1960s “followed the trend” of psychedelic rock, in an attempt to exploit the growing popularity of that genre to achieve success. “I still can’t understand how we got to that point of extreme experimentation – he said – we considered ourselves a rhythm and blues band playing hits. It was quite funny ”.
How does the Birmingham-born drummer choose to use his royalty cheques? When he’s not behind a kit, you’ll usually find him at the helm of a priceless classic car.
A petrolhead of the highest order, he has long been a staple of events such as the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, rocking up in rare cars both bought and borrowed – and has frequently proven himself to be a very capable racer. He’s even competed in the 24 Hours Of Le Mans.
Mason owns a fleet of rare Ferraris, including an F40, a GTB/4 Daytona and a fearsome 512S racer that starred in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans. Pride of his Prancing Horse assortment, though, is a 250 GTO.
the Maserati 250F the Fifties Formula One racer was steered in period by the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss. Mason owns one of just 26 ever made and it lives in his garage.
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