The release of contributing photographer Martyn Goddard’s 150-page book, “Rock ’n’ Roll and Fast Cars,” has us thinking about the odd-but-undeniable relationship between two of our favorite things: cars and rock music. Both have been intertwined throughout Goddard’s life since the early 1970s, when he started assisting Gered Mankowitz, who photographed Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones.
“For me, my passion for photography was fired by the lack of any musical talent at all and only average driving ability at the limit,” Goddard says. “The adrenaline rush I had shooting in the orchestra pit at a Queen gig or photographing Blondie on the roof of the Record Plant in New York made me feel like I did driving a historic rally in an Alfa Romeo or sitting shotgun in a Porsche 959 going 187 mph at night on an autobahn.
“In a strange way there is a link between wild music and powerful automobiles, and from time to time the two genres would merge,” continues Goddard, who photo- graphed Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason alongside his awesome car collection and once chased English singer-songwriter Chris Rea down pit lane at the old Reims circuit in France.
A story Goddard did for us—in which he traces the trail of well-known bluesmen in a 1981 Coupe DeVille, driving from the famous recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to Memphis and up to Chicago (“Key to the Highway,” September 2013) — makes an appearance in “Rock ’n’ Roll and Fast Cars.” It’s a book that captures the omnipresence of great music and great automobiles in Goddard’s life while encapsulating the peculiar ties between the two. It sent us scrounging through the musical ether to find other automotive ties to singers, songs, and rock ’n’ roll.
Coolest Rock Star Cars Ever
2011 Ferrari 458 SP12 EC
1948 Cadillac “CadZZilla” hot rod
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
1963 Shelby Cobra CSX2006
1948 Jaguar coachbuilt “Black Pearl” coupe
James Hetfield of Metallica
1928 Bentley 4½-liter Vanden Plas
Brian Johnson of AC/DC
1964 Porsche 356C 1600 SC
1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Nick Mason of Pink Floyd
1954 “Pink Cadillac” Fleetwood Series 60
Cadzzilla, Black Pearl: Petersen Museum; Cobra: Forest Casey; Porsche 356C: Sotheby’s; Phantom V: EDVVC; Pink Cadillac: Thomas R. Machnitzki