On this day in auto history - July 2nd

Fri 2nd Jul 2021

It was on this day in 1969 that Beatles superstar John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono were famously hospitalised after a car crash in the Scottish Highlands.

The legendary musician - a notoriously bad driver - reportedly panicked after spotting a foreign tourist driving towards him and lost control of his white Austin Maxi, careering it into a roadside ditch.

Lennon, Ono and her four-year-old daughter Kyoko all sustained significant facial injuries in the crash and were taken to Golspie's Lawson Memorial Hospital where they remained for five days. Lennon's young son Julian escaped injury in the accident but was treated for shock.

Lennon gave up driving after the accident - instead relying exclusively on chauffeurs - but arranged for the vehicle's battered carcass to be transported to his lavish Tittenhurst Park estate where it was mounted on pillars in the gardens.

Lennon - whose hospitalisation forced him to miss the early recording sessions on the Beatles upcoming album Abbey Road - famously quipped to reporters: "If you're going to have a car crash, try to arrange for it to happen in the Highlands.

"The hospital there was just great."