A Temporary Lapse of Reason

08 December 2022

In the music industry, Nick Mason is known as the famous drummer of Pink Floyd (previously known as the Tea Set). The group has sold 250 million copies worldwide and influenced many other musicians.

As a petrolhead, Nick Mason is even more well-known. He owns one of the 39 Ferrari 250 GTOs ever built.

Between 1962 and 1964, all Ferrari 250 GTO models were built and sold for £6,000 each. Nick bought his 15-year-old Ferrari for £37,000 using the money from the release of The Dark Side of The Moon album.

Friends at the time berated him for spending that much money.

Nick used the car as collateral to fund one of the most ambitious tours undertaken by a band in that era. The tour was aptly called ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason and spanned 198 shows between September 1987 and June 1990. 

The final gig was the Silver Clef Award Winners Concert at Knebworth Park on 30 June 1990, after 200 performances, a gross audience of 4.25 million fans, and box office receipts of more than £60 million, not including merchandising.

Needless to say, Mr Mason had the lien lifted from his beloved 250 GTO.

Oh, and by the way, the £37,000 Ferrari bought against his friends’ advice is now worth more than £40 million.