Ric Ocasek (Richard Otcasek)Vocals, guitar
Ben Orr (Benjamin Orzechowski)Bass, vocals
Elliot Easton (Elliot Steinberg)Guitar
Todd RundgrenVocals, guitar2005-
Ocasek met the supermodel Paulina Porizkova on the set for their 1984 video for "Drive
." They got married in 1989 and had two boys. Ocasek has four other children from two previous marriages.
Orr died October 3, 2000 of pancreatic cancer. He vowed to continue playing music until he was dead. Honoring that vow practically to the day cancer took his life, Ben was on stage performing with his band Big People on September 27. He passed away at his Atlanta home six days later.
Kyleigha - Rochester, NY
Orr had been in the Cleveland Sixties band The Grasshoppers. They opened for the Beach Boys and had their own fan club. They were even the house band for the TV show, Upbeat.
Ocasek dropped out of both Antioch College and Bowling Green University.
Ocasek and Orr recorded an album together before the Cars under the name Milkwood. Hawkes played keyboards on it.
Robinson had been a member of Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers and DMZ.
Ocasek has made a name for himself as a producer. Early on, he produced bands like Romeo Void and Suicide, and he later worked with Weezer and Guided By Voices.
In 1978, the Cars were named the Best New Artist by Rolling Stone and Creem, among others.
In 1979, they lost the Best New Artist Grammy to one-hit wonder A Taste of Honey.
The first Cars show was performed at an air force base in New Hampshire on New Year's Eve 1977.
Before the death of Orr, Ocasek ruled out any possibility of a Cars reunion, saying that he would rather have "hot diarrhea for six months than tour with the Cars for six months."
Brad Wind - Miami, FL
In 2003, Ocasek was named senior vice president of A&R (Artists and Repertoire) at Elektra Records. According to The Boston Globe
: "Technically his job is to scout and sign new bands. But Elektra is investing in more than a fresh pair of ears."
Annie - Marshfield, MA
Ric Ocasek was booted off producing Hanson's second album after three weeks. Ocasek had a strict rule of no corporate presence during recording sessions, which was a problem for Hanson's record company.
Ocasek's father worked for NASA on Top secret projects. Ric recalled one time when government agents visited his house and questioned his mother about the dreams his father had at night.
Eddie G. - Long Island, NY, for above 2
In 2005, Easton and Hawkes joined Todd Rundgren to form "The New Cars," performing many of The Cars hits. They toured in 2006, but the project disbanded when Easton broke his clavicle - he fell out of his bunk when their tour bus swerved to avoid another vehicle.
The group reunited in 2010, releasing the album Move Like This in May 2011. A motivation for Ocasek: his youngest children had never seen him as a rock star.
The reunion didn't last long: They toured for less than three weeks before calling it quits. The next time they appeared together was when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. It was their last performance, as Ocasek died the following year.