Brian Johnson‘s car took a tumble while the AC/DC frontman was qualifying for the Celebrity Challenge Trophy race at this weekend’s Silverstone Classic. As a result, he was unable to start the race at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival in which up to thirty Austin A30/A35s battled for honors on the full 3.66-mile Grand Prix circuit. Thankfully, Johnson emerged unscathed in the incident after being tended to by medical personnel .
Johnson was one of the celebrities who were split into five teams representing their professions, and each team was mentored by a renowned racing driver.
The celebrities and their team leaders qualified and raced on Saturday, and had the opportunity of winning the charity prize fund of £10,000 for the event’s official charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
The Celebrity Challenge Trophy was one of twenty-two races at the the Silverstone Classic, putting the spotlight on more than eighty years of glorious motor sport history.
Johnson is a longtime race car driver who won a sports car enduro at Daytona in November. The singer, who forced into a premature retirement due to a hearing impairment, has previously said that his most critical hearing issues weren’t rock related, but rather a burst eardrum suffered in his race car.
AC/DC postponed the last ten dates of its North American tour last year after doctors told Johnson he faced a total loss of hearing if he did not stop touring immediately. AC/DC completed the tour last summer, with GUNS N’ ROSES singer Axl Rose as a “guest vocalist” and Johnson apparently not returning to the group.
Johnson said in an open letter to fans that he intends to solve his hearing problem and continue recording and touring, although he pointedly did not say whether he would be rejoining AC/DC.
This is AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and he got more than he bargained for when he drove a vintage Austin A35 at Silverstone… ? pic.twitter.com/Txccejqo8O
— Nick DeGroot (@ndegroot89) July 29, 2017