Summer Reissue: The Vision Thing

I really ought to begin with an apology. Yes, him again…

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Today’s reissue began life in another (now defunct) sphere, one where a good proportion of Driven to Write’s readers and (virtually) all of its editorial team took their initial steps. It was then titled, ‘Oh Dear God, Not Bangle Again!’ and one can readily imagine a similar exclamation from the combined DTW readership in light of this.

One of DTW’s very first articles, and at the time, something more of a hagiography, its subject remains as polarising a figure now as he was when it was first written. However, since then, not only has Mr. Bangle returned to the automotive fold (for better or worse), but perhaps sufficient time has now elapsed and perspective gained to better reflect a more nuanced position regarding a curious, controversial yet utterly compelling figure – arguably the most influential designer of the modern automotive era.

Hence today’s piece is presented in considerably revised form, which can be accessed by clicking here. Owing to the subject matter and the likely exhaustion the mere mention of Mr. Bangle is likely to elicit, I anticipate your ambivalence. However, I console myself with the knowledge that I have presented the subject in a slightly more balanced fashion. Over to you…

Author: Eóin Doyle

Co-Founder. Editor. Content Provider.

One thought on “Summer Reissue: The Vision Thing”

  1. I followed a mint early Bangle era 7 series the other day and genuinely felt jealous of the driver/ owner. It now has the feels to me of s significant car, the start of something new. It’s basically a four door, three box saloon, but everything of its ilk subsequently looks to have felt it’s influence. Throw in the fact that it brought i-drive to the modern car – much better than touch-screens – and it’s a ground breaker in my books. I don’t like what they did to it for the facelift – a bit like the facelift to the Multipla, it lost key details that were meant to be there. I did not know the actual designer was Van Hooydonk – maybe it was the generally stinging criticism of this design that sent him into his conservative shell?

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