Drive My Car: The Beatles’ Road Incidents

12 Responses

  1. Ken Orth says:

    Great story, well told.

  2. Rob Geurtsen says:

    Nice story, of corse there were so many more cars… a lits of that would have been interesting… Nevertheless the story is nice.
    The conclusion is thin:
    “The confidence and swagger that served them in breaking new musical ground, however, was also manifest in the cars they owned and the way they drove them.”
    There was no confidence in their way of car driving, breaking speed limits as so many others did is both wrong and not prove of swagger and confidence. Their car-story seems to be poor boy grown rich in a consumer world of the sixties expressing the alpha maleness and richness is buying stuff. A mental, cognitive and spiritual poverty and simpleness that is perhaps well described in ‘swagger’ but not yet confidence. It is much more a matter of outward symbolism, as it seems from the story.
    both Paul and George came to love driving cars in a different kind of way… and it was expressed some of there songs.

  3. Claire says:

    You are splitting hairs. It all depends on the interpretation of “confidence.” By that term, I don’t think Obadiah meant “warranted confidence.” Clearly, by their driving record, the confidence was ill assumed, which is kind of Obadiah’s point.

  4. Randi Kelly says:

    Loved reading this, Obadiah. Always the consummate Beatlemaniac and historian. Confidence, whether driving or performing, was never lacking.

  5. Rick says:

    Guess that’s why the wrote “Baby You Can Drive My Car”. They weren’t good enough drivers to drive their own cars.

  6. Kevin duzinski says:

    Paul has always had a lead foot LOL
    What back in America he has a favorite Corvette he still loves to drive.

  7. Shad Radna says:

    For what it’s worth, I think John comes out of this looking like a paragon of virtue – even if he wasn’t a good driver, at least he knew he wasn’t. And he had good reason to be cautious. Wasn’t Julia killed by someone who didn’t yet have a licence driving a Standard Vanguard a year before Ringo started? Tara Browne’s death could probably also be slotted in here somewhere. And very loosely connected with that, Paul clearly wasn’t much safer riding a scooter.

  8. Paul says:

    Great article! Many thanks

  9. Robin says:

    They drive just like me! 😂

  10. Robin says:

    Fun read. Thank you!

  11. This article says March 8, 1964, Paul is fined £5 for speeding at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court. March 8, 1964 was a Sunday.

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