Hendrick Motorsports had a rather unique visitor earlier this week, as rock supergroup AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson stopped in at the company’s Concord, N.C., campus.
But this wasn’t just a social call for the guy who sings Highway to Hell, Back In Black, You Shook Me All Night Long and so many more of the band’s biggest hits.
No, Johnson was at HMS’ compound as a journalist of sorts.
A noted racing fan and who competes himself in vintage racing events around the world, Johnson was in Charlotte to do some taping for his Discovery Channel TV show “Cars That Rock.”
Johnson interviewed HMS general manager Doug Duchardt for an upcoming segment of the hour-long show, part of a series that began in May 2014.
In Cars That Rock, Johnson not only gets to do things like interview powerful people in motorsports, like Duchardt, but also drives some of the most exotic cars in the world, including Jaguar, McLaren, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce and more.
That’s not surprising, as Johnson owns his own race team – naturally called “Brian Johnson Racing” – not to mention a number of classic and exotic cars.
“We look for real experts in all our shows and as a notorious speed freak, competing in vintage car races all over the globe, Brian is the perfect man for the job,” Elizabeth McIntyre, vice president of production and development at Discovery Networks, said in a media release.
By the way, Duchardt tweeted to Jimmie Johnson that Brian Johnson “liked his name on (Jimmie’s) car.”
We also heard that on Tuesday, Johnson — the singer, not the NASCAR driver — is rumored to have taken some hot laps across the street at Charlotte Motor Speedway, although we haven’t been able to confirm that.
And what would a story on Brian Johnson the race fan be without a video of Brian Johnson the singer. Check out Johnson and Billy Joel singing “You Shook Me All Night Long” below.
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