This week is the anniversary of the release of Van Halen’s hit “Panama,” and coincidentally, Eddie Van Halen was recently spotted in the very car that was used for a sound effect in the classic song, by a reader of FeelNumb.com:
Feel Numb reports, “The song “Panama” was released on June 18, 1984 as the third single from the Van Halen 1984 album. To this day, it is one of Van Halen’s most recognized songs.
During the bridge of the song David Lee Roth famously says, “I can barely see the road from the heat comin’ off of it.”
The loud roar that follows is not a guitar … it’s actually Eddie Van Halen revving the engine of his 1972 Lamborghini Miura S. The car was actually backed up to the studio and microphones were attached to the exhaust pipe to record the sound.
A friend of mine from high school ran into EVH in Sherman Oaks, California and he happened to be driving the rare 1972 Lambo!!!
Eddie described the car to my friend as, “A Go-Kart with 12 cylinder Weber carbs.”
This is why I love living in Los Angeles. Thanks Matt for taking the photo and letting me use it.