On this day in auto history - November 20th

Fri 20th Nov 2020

It was on this day in 1975 that Les McKeown, lead singer of the Bay City Rollers - then the world’s biggest boy band - was found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving in a high-profile court case.

The Scottish pop singer, just 20 at the time, was facing charges after he had knocked down and killed an elderly neighbour of his - 70-year-old pedestrian Euphemia Clunie - whilst driving his turbo-charged Ford Mustang 351 around the streets of Edinburgh.

Despite some witnesses claiming McKeown was driving too fast, a court cleared him of the more serious charge and instead found him of guilty of reckless driving. He was fined £100 and banned from driving for a year.

McKeown has claimed in numerous interviews that the guilt over the incident has never left him and was a big part of driving down a road of alcoholism as the Rollers' popularity waned dramatically in the late 1970’s.