Besides being a great rock star, David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was a true fan of mechanics and cars. According Angela barnet, his first wife, when the White Duke "He wasn't on the piano, he was under the car in his overalls."
The classics were his favorites and thanks to the royalties he charged for his songs, he went from a Riley black from 1.5 liters to a 2.5 liter red version, finally reaching a Riley Gamecock 1.100 cc racing car with a wooden frame from the 30s.
Bowie was also a lover of two wheels and in the garage of his house he had a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail, one of the most classic models of the American manufacturer.
That passion Bowie had for cars allowed him to intervene in a MINI in 1999 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the small English vehicle. His creation, which stood out for being fully metallic, was exhibited for three weeks at the London Design Museum. “The MINI is to parking lots what the sandwich is to hunger. It is a classic with a perfect design ”, he said during the presentation of his work.
How could it be otherwise, Bowie was inspired by a car to create a song that in its lyrics expresses the frustration of making the same mistake over and over again. This story that he sings with his particular voice is based on an event that happened to him when he was going through his worst moment of cocaine addiction and ended up driving in circles in his hotel parking lot on a Mercedes-Benz. The name of the song "Always Crashing in the Same Car" (always crashing into the same car) and was part of the album low of 1977.