In memory of Chris Cornell and a 1970 Dodge Challenger

RIP to a rock legend
by Manskee Nascimento | May 22, 2017

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The recent tragic death of rock icon Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, Audioslave) left a lot of us in shock and dismay. I was deeply affected by this as Cornell's music was an integral part of my life.

Looking on the bright side, Chris was not just an outstanding artist; he was also someone who appreciated cars with soul, such as the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T featured in the cult-classic car chase film Vanishing Point from 1971. Over three decades later, Audioslave shot a music video for their hit single "Show Me How To Live," which incorporated popular scenes from Vanishing Point with Chris Cornell behind the wheel (instead of Barry Newman) of the badass Challenger along with his bandmates.

The video was nothing short of a muscle car fan/rocker's dream come true. I love the scene where a classic Jaguar E-Type tried to race the Challenger but eventually wiped out off the road. Sadly, the mayhem ends when Chris intentionally crashes the Dodge into a roadblock lined with bulldozers. The closing scene definitely gave me goosebumps due to its current relevance.

Just like the timeless effect that vintage muscle cars have on us, Chris Cornell will forever be tattooed into the memories of those who love his music and persona.

RIP, Chris.

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