Neil Young: Rock Legend and Automotive Artist
Neil Young is a living rock god. But did you also know he's also an artist who loves drawing pictures of classic cars? Neither did we. In his just released book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars, Young writes about the cars he grew up with as well as the cars, trucks and buses he has owned. More than 40 of his illustrations of those vehicles are in the book. RELATED: See more photos of the 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe
In the book, according to Rolling Stone, "Young's new book is structured around recollections of the various cars he has driven over the years, a literary device that elicited more emotionally charged memories and prose than anything in his previous memoir." And then there's the artwork.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says, "And while the many vehicles Young bought, mostly on impulse — a 1934 Bentley close-coupled coupe, a 1947 Buick Roadmaster fastback, the apparently first-ever 1953 Buick Skylark — are worth a historically curious glance, he neither includes enough technical detail to excite gear heads nor sufficiently avoids the anthropomorphic sentimentality of the Pixar movie 'Cars.'" Who cares? He's Neil freaking Young.
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In addition to motoring and music making, Young is also committed to the environment – but not at the expense of his beloved cruisers. Case in point would be his alt-fuel vehicle dubbed the LincVolt.
The legendary rock star had converted a 1959 Lincoln Continental to run on electricity. Called the LincVolt now, it is the world's first Micro-Turbine powered Bio-Electro-Cruiser. Designed in 1959 to travel in style and grace, this timeless, beautiful and spacious Electro-Turbine Series-Hybrid now draws its power from a multi-fueled Capstone Micro-turbine generator, a UQM 150KW prime mover and Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries.
By the way, if you're a huge Neil Young fan, catch his interview with Howard Stern below.
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