We have at least a passing interest in alternate history. (Before you say anything, Dungeons and Dragons is still way nerdier.) It’s fun to think about how different the world would be if just one little thing had been different. Example: What if the Internet had never been invented? Instead of reading this text and watch the above music video on our mighty fine website, it (and a whole bunch of other content) might be contained on a laserdisc or something we send you by mail each month. (Hmmm…articles and photos of cars by mail…how has no one thought of that before?).
See, imagining different outcomes of past events is neat, huh? Now imagine that Juan Manuel Fangio – the Argentine five-time Formula 1 world champion considered by many to be the greatest racing driver of all time – had a second career as a lone-wolf hitman, hell bent on assassinating genocidal 20th century Latin American dictators and strongmen like Augusto Pinochet. And that El Maestro’s transport of choice for this occupation was that classically-offbeat Swedish hot hatch of the ‘80s, the Saab 900 Turbo SPG. Well no need to imagine, little ones, for Peter Peter Hughes (whom you may recognize as member of the Mountain Goats) released a concept album centered around just that in 2010 titled, quite simply, Fangio. And the video seen above for the third song on the album? That’s Hughes himself playing the role of revenge-hungry, Saab-skippering Fangio, and the whole shebang is directed and edited by our chum Davey G. Johnson, lately of a mystical place called AutoWeek.