June 02, 2008

He Puts His Money Where His Mouth is

If you want to change the world sometimes you have to change yourself, or at least take action.
"WICHITA, Kansas (AP) -- Neil Young, the rocker who provided some of the soundtrack to Vietnam-era protests, is again trying to change the world -- with his car.

Young has teamed up with Johnathan Goodwin, a Wichita mechanic who has developed a national reputation for re-engineering the power units of big cars to get more horsepower but use less fuel.

The two are looking to convert Young's 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible to operate on an electric battery.

Ultimately, they said, they want the Continental to provide a model for the world's first affordable mass-produced electric-powered automobile.

"Johnathan and this car are going to make history," Young told The Wichita Eagle.

"We're going to change the world; we're going to create a car that will allow us to stop giving our wealth to other countries for petroleum."

Young has poured about $120,000 so far into the project, Goodwin said."

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BC said...

Yes we must all take action. Songs don't work, so if we make an affordable car for everyone, we can have world peace, racial harmony, love etc. We could call it "the peoples car", the folks wagon or volks wagen , volkswagen, that's it. Peace man, cool right on power to the people dude, in a tommy Chong voice

V-Grrrl said...

I remember when he launched this project. Neil is a car freak. When he restores favorite cars, they become museum quality. His attachment to his tour bus was legendary...Yeah, I'm a big fan...

Jack said...



Young is a real character, that is for sure.