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September 27, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Pink Floyd's Nick Mason

Buzzmaster
  (1:34 PM)

Hey everyone, keep those questions coming! Pink Floyd's Nick Mason will be answering your questions right here starting at 2 p.m. ET. All of the questions and answers will show up below right on this page.

Buzzmaster
  (2:01 PM)

Nick's here!

Josh (Salt Lake City)

What was the scariest or most alarming thing that has ever happened to you while racing?

Nick Mason
  (2:02 PM)

In an auto race, probably Le Mans 1979, first time out. I'd been warned about it. I made the mistake of trying to turn my head and look behind me on a straight going 200 MPH. The wind got around my helmet and turned it around. I was driving blind for a bit.

pamela masching (walton,new york)

will pink floyd be doing any shows in the future?

Nick Mason
  (2:03 PM)

I think the jury is still out on this one. I have no idea. At the moment David says absolutely not and Roger is still touring. We did Live 8, so maybe there is another Live 8 ahead.

andreas (Germany)

Is it true that you once crashed a very rare, not insured Ferrari on a race track?

Nick Mason
  (2:03 PM)

That is absolutely not true. I have raced some rare and valuable Ferraris, but fortunately, as yet, I have not crashed them.

Tim Greene (Bellingham, WA)

If you could have one Pink Floyd album cranked up in your car, while in a race, which one would it be?

Nick Mason
  (2:04 PM)

First of all, I can't think of anything more distracting than having music playing while racing. (laughs) I'd probably choose "Secrets." But it's sort of a mad question. It's like what would you like to eat while racing.

Matt (Tampa, Florida)

In your book, Inside Out about Pink Floyd. There was a part where you said that Dave Gilmour wrote almost a second album worth of work from Momentary Lapse of Reason. What ever became of that music?

Nick Mason
  (2:05 PM)

It still exists in a vault, but it's really uncompleted.

Corey Hildebrand (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)

Hey Nick, huge fan here. Has it ever been a concern that an accident involving your racing might prevent you from drumming temporarily or, heaven forbid, permanently?

Nick Mason
  (2:06 PM)

Not really. Life is dangerous. I think I'm a fairly cautious racer. One of the thing about sports that have a danger element about them is they're safe. You can't live your life thinking about not doing something because you couldn't do something else.

Terry Moore (Nashville,TN)

Nick is there anything left that you haven't done or would like to do to complete your life?

Nick Mason
  (2:06 PM)

Nothing I feel very strongly about. There is still things I'd like to do more of.

Will (Richmond) [via mobile]

Have you ever thought about starting your own race team in one of the circuits, NASCAR, IndyCar, F1, anything like that?

Nick Mason
  (2:07 PM)

I thought about it and immediately dismissed it in that I can't afford it. I own my own race team to do my racing. That's expensive enough.

Jeff Cody (Indianapolis , In. )

Nick , I watch F-1 and have seen you at some races. I am a big fan of your music and wonder if you ever watch The Indy 500 ??

Nick Mason
  (2:08 PM)

Absolutely yes. Just to explain it. My daughter is married to Marino Franchitti, the brother of Dario.

Nick Mason
  (2:08 PM)

I was there at the Indy 500 earlier this year.

Nick Mason
  (2:08 PM)

Tragically, Dario didn't win that race.

Chris oliver (Detroit Michigan)

Hello Nick, I see that Pink Floyd is re-issuing all of it's albums and a few are getting the box set treatment. I recently saw you in an interview talking about some early recordings that were made when Syd Barrett was still in the group. I was wondering if these recordings are to also be included in the upcoming re-issues. Myself and other Floyd fans are dying to hear any unreleased material from the Barrett era. Thanks

Nick Mason
  (2:09 PM)

They're not included in these reissues, but if people like what we do with these in-depth box sets, we might do something with the earlier recordings and they might be included with that box.

19jlewellyn (parkersburg, Wv)

What is your favorite American car that you have driven?

Nick Mason
  (2:10 PM)

I think probably a Mustang. Ideally, the Shelby Mustang. And a World War II Jeep. I don't have a Mustang, but I do have a Jeep.

Mike (CT)

where do you keep all of your cars? how many do you have?

Nick Mason
  (2:11 PM)

There are about 30-something at the moment. I keep them at a secret location in the West Country on an airfield. They live in a hanger.

John Bates (Cambridgeshire)

Where did Pink Floyds lyical wisdom come from .. when you were all so young .. still find it amazing how DS of TM opens up the imagination .. its truly amazing .. thank you.

Nick Mason
  (2:12 PM)

I would have to say that's really down to Roger, the lyrics. Clearly, even in his early 20s there was a grumpy 60-year-old living in that body.

LED FLOYD (CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG WHILE DRIVING AT HIGH SPEEDS.

Nick Mason
  (2:12 PM)

It's not a single song, but I love all of the people that I grew up with listening to music. Hendrix, Clapton. Also, a lot of jazz. Beebop era jazz.

Clay (Huntington Beach, CA)

Mr. Mason, as a Bassist and Singer for a Pink Floyd Tribute Band in California (Dark Side of the Room), I always loved your music. On an auto racing question though: How hard do you drive your vintage vehicles? Are you willing to rub fenders to gain or hold a position? Do you push the vehicles to their design limits? I race dirt bikes and am very competitive by nature. Vintage motocross is becoming popular but vintage bikes can be expensive and parts difficult to find. Motocross takes it's toll on them. Thank you for your time, music, and love of racing.

Nick Mason
  (2:13 PM)

Within my own abilities, yes. I have the paint on the side of the car to prove it.

Tom (NM)

Nick, Which is a Bigger Rush...playing in front of thousands of fans or driving fast cars? And which of your contemporaries need to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Nick Mason
  (2:14 PM)

Well, they're very different, obviously. Without a doubt auto racing is more dangerous, but in my case, music is far better paid.

Derek (Florida)

Nick, I just wanted to say thank you for enriching my life with your music. How do you feel that so many people (myself included) have tattooed their bodies with Pink Floyd's album artwork? (I have DSotM on the back of my neck).

Nick Mason
  (2:14 PM)

It's not something I'd encourage. It's something only your mother can answer. How does she feel about it?

Shawn Acker (Mobile, AL)

Have you seen any of the Roger Waters shows of "The Wall", if so what did you think and have you considered sitting in?

Nick Mason
  (2:15 PM)

I've seen the shows. I think they're absolutely terrific. The visuals are stunning. David and I breifly appeared in London a couple of months ago.

Kelvin Burn (Pontefract, W Yorks, England)

Hi Nick. If you could have your time again would you swap being in Pink Floyd for a regular drive for Ferrari during the same period? Oh and Whos best Fangio or Schumacher?

Nick Mason
  (2:16 PM)

Given my abilities as a driver, I think I'd be far better off in music. If I could drive like Lewis Hamilton, I'd have to think about it more seriously.

Lenny (Daytona Beach)

Have you ever considered running in the Rolex 24 at Daytona?

Nick Mason
  (2:17 PM)

Considered it as if someone offered me a drive some years ago. That would have been great. But I generally do most of my driving in Europe.

Greg (RI)

When did you get into cars?

Nick Mason
  (2:17 PM)

My dad made films about motor racing. I was taken to him racing when I was very small. So I was brought up in an auto racing environment.

Casey (VA`)

What would you consider to be Pink Floyds greatest song?

Nick Mason
  (2:18 PM)

Ideally, there are a number of songs. In a way, I would not wish to even suggest that one song is particularly the best song. "Best" song is going to be different according to who is listening.

Dana Corrough (Newport Beach, CA)

24 Hours of Le Mans....how was the experience? I am officially jealous of your Ferrari 250 GTO. What is the history behind the car? Any chance you loan me the money to buy the 250 GTO raced by Phil Hill?

Nick Mason
  (2:19 PM)

Absolutely loved it. It was the race I always wanted to do. I loved every minute of it. Driving at night. Driving in the dawn. Just finishing the race was terrific. The fact that we also got a trophy was icing on the cake.

Nick Mason
  (2:20 PM)

The car was originally supplied to a Belgium racing team.

Nick Mason
  (2:21 PM)

Franconchamps. Finished third overall in Le Mans in '62 and second in class. Won a race at Montlehery in '62 and was then sold on to various privateers over the next 10 years until I bought the car in 1975.

Nick Mason
  (2:22 PM)

Thanks for the questions. It was really nice to answer questions about cars and not all about music for once.