Slash's newly released autobiography contains some high praise for The Cars especially for Ric Ocasek and as well as former Cars guitarist Elliot Easton. Slash recalls his friend throwing the Cars Debut on when it was initially released and being surprisingly blown away the album.
Slash said the guitar playing especially stood out. He is quoted in the book saying that on The Cars debut "Elliot Easton was the heart and soul of the Cars"
He also recalled a time when he saw Ric Ocasek as a 15 yr old and being totally awestruck by him. Ric was on his way to Cherokee studios In Los Angeles when Slash spotted him. This most likely occurred when Ric and The Cars were doing some of the recording for Panorama at Cherokee in 1980.