Chris Bangle – the case for the defence.
Close your eyes and imagine a car designer who actually has something to say. Who doesn’t just repeat the marketing fluff as dictated by his employer’s PR people. Who understands that there’s a world beyond the automotive, and, simultaneously, a world the car, inadvertently or not, helps to shape. The man this is referring to is none other than one Christopher Edward Bangle.
Anyone who’s ever wondered how Mr B got the likes of Bernd Pischetsrieder and Wolfgang Reitzle to give their blessing to the notorious E65 Seven better take a look at this recent video of the man explaining his views at a motorshow:
Disregarding one’s view of his body of work and some of his aesthetic choices, what is striking is not just Bangle’s energetic eloquence, but the sheer abundance of concerns he’s addressing. Whether one agrees with him or not – listening to Bangle is certainly not a waste of time, and in sharp contrast to all the gibberish car stylists unleash onto those who’ll listen (or pretend to) in this day and age. If anyone knows of a car designer currently working in the industry with a similar intellectual scope, please drop a line. We need to interview him (or her?).