AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson’s car rolled and crashed while he was qualifying for the Celebrity Challenge Trophy race at this weekend’s Silverstone Classic in the U.K. As a result, he was unable to start the race at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival in which up to thirty Austin A30 and A35s battled for honors on the full 3.66-mile Grand Prix circuit. Luckily, Johnson emerged unscathed in the incident after being tended to by medical personnel.
Johnson was one of the celebrities who were split into five teams representing their professions, with each team was mentored by a renowned racing driver.
The celebrities and their team leaders qualified and raced on Saturday (July 29th), and had the opportunity of winning the charity prize fund of £10,000 for the event’s official charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
The Celebrity Challenge Trophy was one of 21 scheduled races at the Silverstone Classic, which has been called the world’s biggest classic-car racing festival.
Johnson is a longtime car enthusiast who told us not long ago that the thrills of racing and playing rock are not too different: “There’s not much difference when you think of it. You’ve got a crew, you’ve got a race crew, and band, you’ve got the band crew. The excitement when the flag drops, the green flag drops, and the excitement when you walk onstage for the first song, it’s a very similar feeling, you know what I mean?”
The singer has hosted a television program called Cars That Rock, and competed at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway earlier this year to raise money for the charity Highway To Help.
Johnson has said that he believed the hearing problems which forced him to leave AC/DC in the middle of a 2015 U.S. tour were related to a race track mishap that caused one of his eardrums to burst.
Since 2014, AC/DC has lost guitarist Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams in addition to Johnson. The band’s future plans remain unclear.
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