On Sunday night, I posted that Neil Young was going to be on CNN's American Morning on Monday. I happened to be home that day, so I kept my eye on CNN from 6 to 9 AM, using the handy 30 minute buffer my Tivo provides to see if I missed anything when I was in the kitchen, my son was watching Charlie and Lola, etc. No sign of Neil. Did I just miss it? I don't think so, but maybe I did.
It appears that Neil and his Linc-Volt did make it into a story, but it wasn't focused on Neil. Instead, it was focused on Johnathan Goodwin and his H-Line Conversions company. Goodwin and H-Line Conversions are renovating Neil's '59 Lincoln by replacing the old engine with a biodiesel engine, and adding a rechargeable battery. For somewhere around $40,000. Not something the average middle class person can afford, but Goodwin has "no shortage of customers." Arnold Schwarzenegger is another one.
There's a video clip posted here, and Neil appears a little over halfway through it - about 1:38 into it. They show him tooling around Wichita, one last time before the conversion begins. Neil is pretty excited about it:
A 19-foot-long car, the longest car ever made at its time. Two and half tons, the heaviest car at its time. And it can get 100 miles to the gallon, not 10 miles to the gallon.
Look for a Neil Young film about driving his new Linc-Volt from Wichita to Detroit sometime in 2008.