Nick Mason takes Brian Johnson for a ride in his 250 GTO

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  1. Chicko

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  3. 375+

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    Subtitles would be helpful;) thanks for posting.
  4. TTR

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    Just showed this ^^ to my wife and she said “Hey ! They look just like two old guys having a great time !”
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  5. readplays

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    Now you've done it.
    Last time I checked, restarting the War of 1812 constitutes posting P&R in a 'regular' forum and is a violation of TOS.
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  6. Edward 96GTS

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    no seat belts?!:eek:
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  8. Dolcevita

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    That was great. Of course I had no problems understanding it, being from a common wealth country and all.
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  9. ag512bbi

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    Any of you know if Mason is a great driver, a good gentleman driver or an average Ferrari driver?
  10. Jack-the-lad

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    I’ve seen him drive at Goodwood a few times. The last time he took a front corner off of his McLaren F1. It was cold and he was probably a little too exuberant. I’ve seen him spin the GTO, but never saw him take out another car.

    I’m not judging the guy, he’s a dedicated enthusiast and he gets full marks for running his cars.

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    Not my video.
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  11. readplays

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    You may know his father was Bill Mason, film director for Shell's History of Motor Racing among other racing documentaries. Mr. Mason Senior was an amateur racer as well.
    Nick Mason has 5 Le Mans entries with his first (and highest) outing in 1979 being a 2nd in class and 18th overall. More recently he has done quite a bit of rally driving.
    His first road car was a vintage Aston (I believe a 1930's AM International)- this would have been in the 1960's.
    Nick has participated in vintage racing for a very long time in all manner of his own cars including but not limited to 3757 GT, Aston Martin LM Team cars from the 1930's, Maserati 250F and Birdcage, BRM V-16 (1 of 3 made), guest-driving for Audi in their Auto Union V-16 Grand Prix car- I think this probably just scratches the surface.
    I'm of the opinion that the depth and breadth of his experience in vintage machines of all eras and classes coupled with a lack of notable accident history (unlike a certain heir who runs giallo-colored Fcars), must engender a certain level of driver sensitivity to machine, track, and condition(s) *and* a healthy respect for where his skill charts out on any given grid against other competitors.
    A long-winded way of saying I think he is quite an accomplished amateur professional ('privateer') driver.
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  13. ag512bbi

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    Entering LM, in my opinion, you must have some skill. Good 4 him!
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  14. Daytonafan

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    Ha as someone who is born and bred in the southern Home Counties of England, I sometimes need subtitles to understand Geordies like Brian Johnson
  15. NYC Fred

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    Wow. Looks a leetle tight drivers seat to steering wheel.
    Eh. I'd manage. LOL
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  16. JP365

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    If you look closely, you can see the racing belts anchored into the back.
  17. Edward 96GTS

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    i meant they are not wearing them.
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  18. JohnMH

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    Were I to crash my 250 GTO badly, I may not wish to survive.
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  19. Texas Forever

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    Why? I suspect every GTO has had a smash up by now. I saw Mrs. Walton put one into a wall at Mt. Tremblant. I’m sure the car is as good as new today.

    But, I suspect these cars are not the safest for the driver.

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  20. turbo-joe

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    you may not crash the GTO´s - you may drive them
    and at those years nobody was talking or thinking much about saftey
  21. Timmmmmmmmmmy

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    British Telecom rather famously hired interpreters for use when their Glaswegian customers rang their call centre........ Geordies delight in their accents and regional slang too...
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    2:45 = "it's a good good day" - brian johnson.
    yes it is, brian. it certainly is.
    btw, it's great to see their personalities in real life mirrored in their music style.
  23. Tobi

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    I've been able to see two GTO crashes so far - a smaller one and a bigger one. However, this is no big deal. Those cars have been crashed and rebuilt so often in their life. It's not like destroying one with first paint.
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  24. Tobi

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    This is not fair! Bon Scott had to die in a Renault 5 and Brian Johnson is alive in a GTO.
  25. readplays

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    This is well worth a watch and adds a great deal to my anecdotal comment about NBM.
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    The mark of a great man: humility
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  27. John Elliott

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    I have been making fairly regular visits to Florida in January since 2006 to attend the Cavallino Classic. An event organised by Cavallino magazine for Ferrari enthusiasts.

    This year the event was postponed from January to late April due to the covid outbreak. Since the US Homeland security had stopped all visits from the UK and Europe and our own government had also forbidden travel, a visit this year was definitely not possible. However, I see one of the cars on display and up for an award will be the 1962 250 GTO S/N 3527GT.

    I first became aware of this GTO when it was in the hands of Don Nelson from Leicester. He later sold it to Steve Pilkington and Steve would bring the car to circuit days organised by the FOC. He was kind enough to give me many rides round Donnington, Silverstone, Thruxton and Oulton Park. In 2005 it was sold to Irvine Laidlaw who entrusted GTO Engineering to give the car a full restoration. I believe GTO made a video of this and I think it could possibly be found on You Tube. In 2019 3527 was sold to the US to Rick Workman and again has undergone another restoration and will be on show at the Breakers in Palm Beach.
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  28. miurasv

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    It was Moto Technique (body/chassis), Classic Performance Engineering (mechanicals) and O'Rourke Coachtrimmers (custom interior) that restored 3527GT for Irvine Laidlaw.

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