Sir Paul McCartney nearly had his car impounded on Saturday (02.08.08) after parking in the wrong place.

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The 66-year-old musician is currently on a road trip with girlfriend Nancy Shevell in the US, but the journey almost came to an abrupt end after the singer parked illegally at Joliet Area Historical Museum, Illinois.

Tony Contos, a worker at the museum, said: “They parked in the wrong bay and were nearly towed away. Paul was engrossed, Nancy seemed in a bit of a hurry.”

The Beatles legend and his girlfriend are currently on a road trip across America’s famed Route 66 in a classic 1989 Ford Bronco.

However they shocked staff at the museum when they stopped en route from Nancy’s home in the Hamptons, New York.

Museum worker Pamela Blesen said: “I froze. It was like seeing Bigfoot.”

And an onlooker added: “They seemed totally in love.”

The couple are believed to have told only a few friends about the trip, and Paul’s four-year-old daughter Beatrice is expected to join them later.