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Hot Rod Lincoln Burns Neil Young

November 16, 2010

Warehouse blaze started in hybrid ‘LincVolt’ car

Back in April I posted one of my favorite stories about Neil Young’s love affair with his hybrid 1959 Mark IV Lincoln Continental: Broken Dreams And Hot Rod Lincolns. Young and his team had entered the converted Lincoln in the  Automotive X-Prize for 100 mpg vehicles.

Their Quixotic quest ended in failure and now to add injury to insult the experimental car caught fire on Nov. 9 doing serious damage to itself and other Young memorabilia.

Happier Days with Neil and His LincVolt

Entrepreneur Johnathan Goodwin (left) and rocker Neil Young team up to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

July 22, 2009. Neil Young’s evolving Lincvolt project – a 1959 Lincoln Continental that weighs 2.5 tons and is 19.5 feet long that is being converted into a “bio-hydro-electric series hybrid vehicle” – today officially announced it will no longer participate in the Automotive X Prize. The split seems to be friendly. The Lincvolt news page says:

The Goodwin Young team thanks the X-Prize for the valuable support they provided during the last year. Good luck to all of the contestants!  Read more on AutoblogGreen

Murphy Never Sleeps

Neil Young, far left, arrives to a warehouse damaged by a early morning fire in San Carlos, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. Items belonging to the singer were damaged in the blaze. (Anda Chu/Staff) ( ANDA CHU )

By Joshua Melvin

Mercury News

The three-alarm blaze that caused $1.1 million in damage to a warehouse filled with rock legend Neil Young’s music equipment and memorabilia appears to have started in a one-of-a-kind hybrid car stored at the site, a fire official said Monday.

Flames began in a 1959 Lincoln Continental dubbed LincVolt, which runs on electric batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator, and then spread to the warehouse at 593 Quarry Road in the early morning of Nov. 9, according to Belmont-San Carlos Fire Marshal Jim Palisi and a website devoted to the car…

The flames severely damaged the car and caused an estimated total of $850,000 in damage to the items Young had stored in the roughly 10,000-square-foot warehouse. On the morning of the fire, Young’s workers and friends carried guitars, framed photos, film canisters and crates of musical equipment out of the burned structure.

Young assembled a team of workers in 2008 to convert the 19.5-foot behemoth from gasoline to hybrid power, an effort he chronicled in a four-part film series. Read full story…

Sorry for your loss Neil, but Long May You Run…

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