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Nick Mason at Goodwood Revival Festival, interviewed Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 05 September 2004

The weekend saw the annual petrol-head get-together on the Earl Of March's Goodwood estate in Sussex, England, with the Revival Meeting taking part on the motor racing circuit in his grounds. The circuit has a rich history, having been used for many races over the decades, and it was a few years ago that it was spruced up for this most enjoyable of weekends.

Nostalgia is the key to the event - not only are the cars vintage, but they race each other seriously in appropriate classes, for trophies, and the whole circuit takes on a period flavour, with drivers, mechanics, Goodwood staff and many of the public all dressing in suitable clothing, taking one back to the days of gentlemen drivers and true wheel-to-wheel racing.

It is also one of the events Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason makes a regular pilgrimage to, and he can normally be seen taking part in the racing. However, last year he had a prang in his Ferrari 250GTO, and despite work being undertaken on the car, he was unable to race it this year.

In the week before the revised version of his Into The Red book appears, Nick still made an appearance though, and was seen, with his wife Annette, at the cricket match that took part on Thursday, the day before the Meeting started. This pitted the Duke Of Richmond's team against the Earl Of March's team. Other celebrities spotted included driver Derek Bell, who lives close to the estate, and comedian Rowan Atkinson, who is deadly serious about his racing!

To coincide with the Meeting, the Sunday Times, in its weekly Driving supplement, published an interview with Nick, complete with pictures of him behind the wheel and with some of his cars.

In the interview, headlined "Now this is what I call music", Andrew Frankel of the Times, who used to work with Nick, chats with him about his cars and plans for the future. The whole interview can be read here; amongst the more interesting comments included one from Frankel: "Mason has done little racing of late, ostensibly because he has been working hard on a book and a DVD about the band". Now, the book is Inside Out, and we believe (trying not to get too excited about what it COULD be!) the DVD is that of PULSE, which they are hoping to release towards the end of October.

There are some fascinating anecdotes about his cars, and driving, and how much the racing has meant to him, and his family (his wife and two daughters are also accomplished racers, too). However, when asked is racing or music the greater passion, his response was: “The music is clearly more important. I’ve had great fun in cars, but on a more personal level. In music I look back and think about Dark Side, The Wall and so on and that’s clearly very special. But when you go racing you find things you don’t find in music: the people have a more level-headed approach and tend to be more self-effacing. Also, when you’re in the car, how well you do is down to you and you alone — no band, no management, no marketing...”

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