Top Gear goes racing with AC/DC's Brian Johnson
Front man for one of the biggest rock bands in history scraps with the best at Daytona 24
Posted: 12 Apr 2012
Brian's is a Riley-BMW, a semi-monocoque spaceframe chassis dressed in lightweight bodywork with a 550bhp, 5.0-litre V8 in the middle. It's an older design than some out there, but still about seven seconds a lap quicker than the more recognisable GT cars (Ferrari 458s, Porsche 911 GT3s, Chevy Camaros, BMW M3s).
In the corner of the garage, Brian waggles his knees. He's been racing vintage cars on and off for about 20 years and his toy box includes a Lola T70, a 1928 Bentley Blower, a Rolls Phantom and Audi R8. He was once the fastest man around the TopGear track... a highly prestigious honour that inspired him to get back in a racing car after a two-year break. In short, he's a proper paid-up petrolhead. But he's never done anything like this before. So when the people who look after his older cars, Predator Performance, decided to put a team together for Daytona, they asked Brian to drive.