Despite battling brain cancer, the late Rush drummer Neil Peart was able to complete one last book prior to his death in January 2020.
His love of classic cars was a lifelong passion, and he called the seven he owned the Silver Surfers-- six are silver and one is black -- which is also the title of the book.
In it he writes, "The title Silver Surfers for my collection of cars occurred to me while driving my Aston Martin DB5 up and down the Pacific Ocean. Because it felt right to me, I guess – the idea that I was just one of the wave riders….
"In search of natural peace, I often drove out that way and up in to the Santa Monica Mountains. Out past Malibu to Ventura County, I’d weave along barren ridges of rock and vegetation, the ocean always on one big side. The waves were slow and gentle, or churned out a powerful, rolling rhythm…”
A release date for the book, his 12th, is forthcoming.
As for his collection, the seven cars will be auctioned at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance in Pebble Beach, California on August 13th and 14th. They are:
- 1964 Aston Martin DB5- estimate: $650,000 – $725,000
- Black 1964 Shelby Cobra 289- est. $900,000 – $1,000,000
- 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S- est. $1,200,000 – $1,500,000
- 1965 Maserati Mistral Spider- est. $575,000 – $650,000
- 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Coupe- est. $140,000 – $160,000
- 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe- est. $250,000 – $300,000
- 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe- est. $150,000 – $180,000
Neil Peart died on January 7th, 2020. He was 67.