The death of Princess Diana in a car crash could have been scripted by J.G. Ballard along the lines of his controversial novel Crash! (1995 ). The glamorous celebrity (plus lover) pursued by paparazzi photographers dies under their very lenses. One might almost fancy that Ballard’s anti-hero Vaughan was driving the mysterious Fiat Uno being sought by French police (although he would have chosen a much more ostentatious vehicle). In reality, Diana’s death was but one of a long line of celebrity road kills that have achieved the status of martyrdom – Albert Camus, Jackson Pollock, James Dean, Jayne Mansfield, Marc Bolan. All died and went to celebrity heaven – in Pollock’s case (according to Bayley 1986), his celebrity virtually originated with his death in a car. Moreover, the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Archduke Ferdinand while travelling by car are poles around which much twentieth-century history has revolved.