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Paiste “Ferrari” Cymbals at Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2

Henry Ford Museum, May 16 – September 7, 2009

Take a walk on the wild side and find out what truly drives rock stars at the highly anticipated follow-up to the Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars exhibit in 2007. Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2 marries music and machine in a display that will truly rock the house. Get ready for an all new selection of hot rides and rare guitars from legendary artists that spans generations.

Nick Mason of Pink Floyd

Nick Mason is the drummer of Pink Floyd and the only member to have remained in the group for its entire existence. Born Nicholas Berkeley Mason on January 27, 1944, in Birmingham, England, he met future bandmates Roger Waters and Rick Wright while studying architecture. He began playing with them in Sigma 6 in 1963, then the Screaming Abdabs the following year, and finally in 1965 with the Syd Barrett-led blues/R&B outfits that soon became Pink Floyd. Although drumming for Floyd was far and away Mason's primary concern over the next few decades, he did occasionally delve into extracurricular projects. He moonlighted as a producer during the '70s. Mason also formed a production company that produced music for films, television and advertisements. As Pink Floyd's recording and touring schedule grew more sporadic, Mason was left with more time to pursue his favorite hobby, auto racing.

This Lola-Cosworth T297 racing car was driven in the Silverstone 6 Hours with Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, sharing the drive with Nick Faure and Pete Clark at Silverstone Circuit, near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England. The car finished 2nd in its class. It is painted to evoke the cover of the band's ground breaking 1979 album "The Wall".

As Nick is a car enthusiast, collector and passionate driver he kindly asked his endorsement companies Paiste cymbals and DW drums to create an one-of-a-kind drum set for the Rock Stars’s Cars & Guitar 2 exhibition. Both companies of course agreed on this very special project and tried their best to satisfy Nick’s and Ferrari’s requests. The result is a truly stunning looking DW drum kit featuring black coated Paiste Signature “Ferrari” cymbals.

By the way, the cars in the background are Nick Mason’s Lola, Roy Orbison’s Corvette, and Elvis Presley’s Cadillac Eldorado.

More Details on the Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars exhibit.

View Nick Mason’s Paiste Artist Profile!

A very special thanks to make this happen goes to Nick Mason, Vix Gilbert of Ten Tenths, Raffaella Purisiol of Ferrari S.p.A., Maranello, Italy and Jim McCabe of The Henry Ford, Dearborn, USA.