Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

DeLorean Car Show 2008

Marc Levy's DeLorean - the off-road sports car. Who knew?

DCS 2008 was held in historic Gettysburg, PA and as if a hundred and fifty stainless, glistening DeLoreans (and a Back To The Future Time Machine or two) weren't enough, the Bricklin group joined us as well. Yes, Bricklin - the other gull-winged car. Even Malcolm Bricklin himself attended and judged the Concours event for the SV-1s.

As usual, there were DeLorean-related wares being sold, events to participate in, and Back To The Future movie alumnii to mingle with. With so much nerdy excitment happening in just three days, it's actually kind of surprising that a mega-nerd such as myself, and NBA (nerd by association) Suz missed out on a few of the activities. But the allure of the battlefields of Gettysburg kept us occupied for longer than we expected.

Fox sat van.However, one thing we didn't miss was the panoramic group photo with James Tolkan, famous for his roles as hard-ass Mr. Strickland in the Back To The Future trilogy, as well as Stinger in Top Gun. The scene, rows and rows of DeLoreans parked strategically on the grass and flanked by Bricklins, was so spectacular that not even Fox News missed it!

While Mr. Tolkan was being interviewed by Fox News, Suz and I wandered away to admire the amazing assortment of blinding stainless toys which included Marc Levy's twin turbo DMC-12, an original Legend Industries turbo pictured at top. The beastly turbo, estimated to deliver 230 hp, even features twin SAAB intercoolers, just to add another bit of international awesomeness to the Belfast-built machine.

Saturday night's banquet featured six Concours trophies being awarded, the usual raffle prizes, and a number of presentations including Universal Studio's Artist, Andrew Probert, showing the original and vastly different storyboard to Back To The Future.

To nutshell it for you, replace the lightning striking the clock tower with a desert A-Bomb test and you've got one hell of an expensive special effect that they couldn't afford. But if you want to imagine it, swap in the nuclear explosion from Indiana Jones 4 and you've got a pretty good idea of what they wanted to do. Makes you want to watch Back To The Future all over again, doesn't it? (The correct answer is Yes)

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5 Comments:

Blogger SJ said...

Sweet machine.

4:27:00 AM

 
Blogger Monogram Queen said...

Sounds like a wonderful time - you were in your element!

Gettysburg PA is a really cool place. Kind of odd for a Delorean show but I guess there was a reason there somewhere.

Suz is so pretty! :)

9:50:00 AM

 
Blogger Akhor said...

I'm sure you love you DMC, just as much as I love my harley. So I get what your saying about attending these show and shines!

Now.. Isn't there some aftermarket part that you NEED (read want) to buy!

10:25:00 AM

 
Blogger Michael Manning said...

As a lover of cars since I was 6 years old, I wish I could have attended and driven a DeLorean. Having read John Z. DeLorean's biography about what really happened to the car company and his life, I am saddened that like Preston Tucker he was so maliciously targeted. He was quite an interesting man and I understand one guy who had corresponded with John was able to interview him in New Jersey around 2002. A beautiful automobile built by a man who understood excellence and strove for it! Glad you attended, Martini!

11:00:00 AM

 
Blogger Ms. Creek said...

looks like a whole lotta eye candy for you!

glad you got to go and i approve of this vacation, lol.

11:32:00 AM

 

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