This 1988 Europa commercial showcases the guitar playing of American bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan. An anthem to good times on the road, the promo features four friends — musician Midge Marsden, jingles veteran Murray Grindlay, Vaughan’s fiance Janna Lapidus and Brigitte Berger — larking around the North Island in an old ute. Stopping off at the iconic DC3 aeroplane parked in small-town Mangaweka, they step into a bar made from car parts to join Stevie Ray on stage. A shorter cut of this petrol station promo also screened, plus an ad featuring an acoustic version of the song.
I like the climate, the air, the water. I like the smallness. I feel good being here. It kind of reminds me of Oakcliff, Texas, where I'm from — the houses and countryside, except that the roads are real windy while at home they're so straight!– Stevie Ray Vaughan on New Zealand, The Evening Post, 13 April 1989, page 29