"She's shaky on her legs, that Riley of mine." DB and Rupert, before they fell out.
Who'll ride in my Rupert the Riley?
David's transatlantic telephone conversation with
It was an old racer from the... you know, I think it probably goes back to the thirties or something, and a mate of mine and me had put it together - not very well as it happens - and it stalled outside Lewisham police station one day. I had really long hair in those days so I was standing round the front of the car, trying to pump it back into life again and all the cops were at the windows laughing at me and the bloody thing started up and I'd left it in first gear and it came at me (laughs).
The crankshaft went through my leg and I was pumping blood like a fountain, and I broke both my, well, I cracked both my knees as the bumper had kind of got me pinned to another car that was just behind it.
In this afternoon's interview David mentions that he thinks he was 19 at the time, which would make it 1966. He's wrong of course. The picture above is of DB with the very same 1932 Riley Gamecock taken in 1971... he forgets how accurately we can pinpoint the year simply by his hairstyle.
He told me the following about the incident, which, though he made light of it earlier, was really rather serious, and potentially fatal, as the crankshaft was millimetres away from a main artery, and David spent a week in hospital:
I sold it as soon as I got out of Lewisham Hospital. The most fortunate part is that it was the police station where I broke down. I was bleeding profusely, but their medics were on the street in about 30 seconds flat.
"Didn't they teach you to get your haircut at school?" A pre-injury
DB contemplates his few remaining months of pre-fame sanity!
Anyway, if you fancy owning one of your own, (a 1932 Riley Gamecock that is, not a 24-year-old David Bowie!) David has provided
There was some other great stuff in the interview, and Susans has very kindly typed the whole thing up for your enjoyment. Click on either of the above pictures to take you to the transcript.