After leaving school Nick spent five years training as an Architect. Studies were interrupted however when he became a founding member of rock band Pink Floyd – He now maintains he’s still on his 45th gap year.
The band has been playing now for over forty years , and still enjoys world wide acclaim. One of their albums”Dark Side of the Moon” was an immediate success, topping the Billboard LP chart. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks, with an estimated 60 million copies sold. “The Wall” album remained number one for fourteen consecutive weeks in the U.S.A. and their last tour played to over 2,000,000 people, taking in 20 different countries and 200 shows.
Financed by his musical career he has pursued another great passion – motor sport. He first became interested in cars as a small boy. His father, Bill Mason, directed documentary films for the Shell Film Unit, and was also a keen amateur racer, competing regularly in a Vintage Bentley. This was Nick’s introduction to Silverstone.
With the success of the band his car collection and race experience grew. The cars now span the history of motor sport from 1901 to the present day. All the cars are in racing condition, unless undergoing repairs. He also operates a company which hires out vehicles for films and television.
Racing has included five attempts at the Le Mans twenty four hour race. In 1979 his team finished 2nd in class and won the Index of Performance. Other racing has included saloon cars, vintage and historic Grand Prix cars.
Other interests include aviation. He holds an instructors’ licence for helicopters, and is chairman of the ambassadors for the Fleet Air Arm Historic Flight.
Nick has published two books; one entitled “Passion For Speed”, co-written with motor journalist Mark Hales it features 21 of Nick’s cars spanning 100 years of Motor Sport, and for really sad people, also includes a CD of their engine sounds, and another book ‘Inside Out’ published by Weidenfield and Nicholson, a personal history of Pink Floyd. which is now in its 8th edition.