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Big fat tires and everything

Ritchie Blackmore, House of Blues Chicago, Oct 17 2009; photo: Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Ritchie Blackmore recently spoke to German national newspaper Die Welt. Quite curiously, his interview appears not in the arts or entertainment section, but in the automotive one.

Here’s the gist of what Blackmore the motorist had to say:

  • He didn’t get his driver’s license until he was 39.
  • He still keeps his first car — a Mercedes 300 SE — albeit it’s not in running condition any more.
  • When in Germany, he likes to drive on quiet country roads as opposed to autobahn.
  • Mercedes mechanics in Long Island charge way too much.
  • He has been to so many castles in Germany that he’s perfectly qualified to write a guidebook. He proceeded to nail the lay of the land regarding most comfortable castle hotels near major cities on the country.

Read more in Die Welt (that is, if you can read German).

Thanks to Yvonne for the info.

15 Comments to “Big fat tires and everything”:

  1. 1
    Wiktor says:

    Well, we all know Mr Blackmore is a big friend of Germany… and thats ok with me…After all… Germany is the World champions of Football… Now how did England make out in the world cup? LOL!!!!!!

  2. 2
    Joacim Wetterlund says:

    The Mercedes Highway Star. Hats off.

  3. 3
    Brian Hensley says:

    Tyres with a ‘y’. FFS!

  4. 4
    nupsi59 says:

    It’s not the Mercedes S-class on the photo!

    The photo is showing the W123 (internal number) from Mercedes, built from 1975 till 1986.

    But… where are all the cigarette butts coming from? Was Ian Gillan his co-pilot?

    Have a nice Day!

  5. 5
    kraatzy says:

    Ritchie is my truely hero … 🙂



  6. 6
    Arthur says:

    Probably a typical Ritchie response to the law suit that he’s not been doing enough press! There’ll be an interview in the Horse & Hounds next….. which is why we love him!

  7. 7
    Yvonne says:

    Ritchie did another interview with Die Welt early April. He admitted that he loves ‘Schlager’ (German pop music), remembering several names of singers he listened to during his time in Hamburg in the sixties. He spoke very fondly of Jon, how they put together DP in a snowy February 1968.


  8. 8
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Uhhhhhh is there an English version of this article?

  9. 9
    Ivica says:

    Maybe Ritchie football fans and Germany national team in the final of the Football World Cup 1966 ? 😉

  10. 10
    Innerspace says:

    @nupsi59 actually, that is an S, a W116, albeit with the American front bumper and the American headlights. Here’s a photo of another one (in red) that I found on Wikipedia…

  11. 11
    nupsi59 says:

    @10 Innerspace:

    You are right!

    For me, at my first look on the car, it seemed to be a W123, because the european version of the S116 has much more chrome parts, and steel wheels on an S-class Mercedes is an absolute no-go!

    My fault! Have a nice Day!

  12. 12
    kraatzy says:

    @ Tracy

    Don´t worry, but: Most articles here are in English … and I have to translate it consistently to (my) german (language) …

    And now … it´s your turn to translate it 😉 😉 😉


  13. 13
    kraatzy says:

    @Innerspace and @nupsie

    W116 is correct … is an older S-Class (from 09/1972 – 09/1980) … but the old W123 looks likewise.


  14. 14
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Wait a second, isn’t that model a Mercedes “Who gives a shit”?.

  15. 15
    nupsi59 says:

    @13 kraatzy

    I should’ve known it better, I learned and worked in the 70s/80s in a Mercedes-Benz garage in Germany.

    Let’s stop this here, this is not a site for automobiles, … although the new Skoda Superb is… superb!!!

    Have a nice Day!

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