The Car of the Year Is This Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight”-Mobile

Look out for the Pied Piper of New York City pedestrians

In the Air Tonight Phil Collins Mazda RX-7
If you see this Mazda RX-7 coming your way, get ready to dance.
Screenshot via YouTube
By Alex Lauer / December 27, 2019 2:08 pm

If you visited New York this December, you may have come across the most festive, extravagant, over-the-top display of holiday cheer since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny f*cking Kaye

No, we’re not talking about the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree or the light show on the Empire State Building. We’re talking about Don Garcia’s red 1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL, decorated with Toys for Tots decals and blasting the Phil Collins classic “In the Air Tonight” on repeat. Even if you didn’t make it to NYC, you may have seen the car — and the random dance parties it starts — as a video from East Village blog EV Grieve went viral on Twitter.

EV Grieve tracked down Garcia and interviewed him about the vehicle, and then rode along as he played Pied Piper to pedestrians with the song’s iconic drum break. He even remembered the specific instance from the viral video:

“We’d been in Williamsburg earlier testing it out, and we were driving through the East Village when these two guys came out of a bar and requested, well demanded, that we put the song up loud, so we did. They jumped in front of the car and started dancing. We opened the doors at the light, pumped up the sound, and there were about 30 or 40 people standing there watching. When the song ended, we drove off.” 

Besides the dance-inducing qualities of “In the Air Tonight,” Garcia said it has technical benefits, too. “I was playing this song because it’s such a good song to tune the car stereo and speakers to,” he said.

But this car isn’t a vanity project. As EV Grieve writes, Garcia used the car when participating in the Toys for Tots program along with the Legendary Muscle Cars Auto Club. Think of this particular Mazda RX-7 as Sana’s sleigh, bringing gifts to good little children and drunk adults alike.

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