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Ev­ery July ZZ Top crosses the pond to hit the roads of old Europe for their Sum­mer tour, writes Bernard Moix. I usu­ally join the band for one or more shows de­pend­ing on their sched­ule and mine. Billy F. Gib­bons and I have been friends for al­most 25 years, bound by our pas­sion for gui­tars, cars and cus­tom de­signs in gen­eral. I cus­tomised a gui­tar for him in 1996 based on his 1950 Ford Cop­per­head, us­ing ac­tual left­over parts from the orig­i­nal car with the help of Pete Chapouris at So-cal Speed Shop who had built it.

July 2017 was no ex­cep­tion for the boyzz and the band stopped at the Sierre Blues Fes­ti­val for their only Swiss ap­pear­ance of the Sum­mer. Sierre is only 10 miles from my home­town of Sion. It felt nat­u­ral to join them in our 1955 Porsche, as Billy had of­ten been ask­ing about it.

When the time came to have lunch I pro­posed to go to the ski re­sort of Crans-mon­tana. Of course Billy chose to go in the Porsche. After a 40-minute ride we en­joyed the fresh air at 3000 feet and had lunch at the Lake Moubra where Billy en­joyed a se­lec­tion of Swiss cheese (which he loves…). Then we took a tour of the sta­tion and did some shop­ping be­fore driv­ing back down to the venue.

Billy asked lots of ques­tions about the Porscheʼs his­tory and loved the ʻHol­ly­woodʼ Panamer­i­cana deco. The car never took part in the race, but he was en­thu­si­as­tic about the pe­riod cor­rect de­tails such as Mex­i­can Christ im­age on the dash­board, rosary hang­ing from the rear view mir­ror and home­made de­cals and sign­writ­ing.

BFG used to have a cus­tom Oval win­dow VW as well as a cou­ple of Speed­ster repli­cas back in the day and I can tell he re­ally loved the feel of the car. Will the next ZZ car be based on a Porsche 356? Weʼll have to wait and see…

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