I love David Byrne and Barry White, and I love cars too. I have all my favorites. 1953 Packard Caribbean convertible. Henri Chapron Citroën DS 23 Pallas, 1956 Buick Roadmaster, Ferrari 365 GTB, Maserati 3500 GT…all cars I can ill afford to own let alone properly maintain. When David Byrne once visited me at KCRW during a nightly show I briefly did, he ran in all agitated, saying he parked his car outside in a no-parking area. School was in and parking was always scarce. I told him I’d move his car. He told me “No, you won’t know how to drive this car!”  I asked him what kind of car it was. He told me it was a Citroën. I told him that I once owned a DS 19 with the “Citromatic” hydraulic clutch. He handed me the keys and I parked it.



A few months later, Barry White visited me at KCRW. Similar situation. I wondered what kind of car he drove? Cadillac? Rolls Royce? No, this time it was a metallic gold Stutz Bearcat. The kind of car you might see in a Blacksploitation film. It would go well with the shiny chartreuse suit he wore that night.


Stutz Bearcat

The great bluesman Robert Johnson once observed, “A man with a fine car has no need to justify his self.” Certainly that would be true for David Byrne and Barry White!


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  • tom (author) said:

    as Robert JOhnson is said to have once remarked, "a man with a fine car has no need to justify hisself"

  • Frank Morgan said:

    No arguing with Robert Johnson's quote here. Even in this day and age of cars being everywhere, few things can turn more heads than a fancy ride.

  • tom schnabel (author) said:

    very true, Frank. for those who know, too. I once went for a ride in a 1953 Scaglietti-bodied Ferrari 353 M, in Ferrari rosso, and few even noticed as we drove down PCH…….

  • mens usa said:

    Thank you so much for gift of sharing. wishing you to carry on with your achievements all the best…

  • Miniclip said:

    Keep up the good work. I love the pics!

  • tom schnabel (author) said:

    i owned a Citroen, a 1963 DS 19!

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