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

Monday, April 27, 2009

Celeb-Meeting Tool, the DeLorean

Even with the sun's radioactive UV rays destroying our skin, no one can resist smiling around a DeLorean.

Other than stalking, owning a DeLorean is the easiest, most cost-effective way of meeting celebrities. Of course, there's the DCS shows each year usually attended by James Tolkan (link), Claudia Wells (link), and Jeff Weissman (link) of Back to the Future fame.

And then there's something else. Something a little more intimate. A small local group of DeLorean owners, one of whom is Pat Mastroianni.

Some of you non Canadians might be saying "Pat who?" while others may be yelling his name aloud in surprise, astonishment and glee: "Joey?!"

While attending our Tech Day I had the pleasure of meeting Pat Mastroianni, aka Joey Jeremiah of Degrassi Jr. High fame. Known for wearing a cool hat and being, well, cool, what what else could one expect than to find him wearing a cool DMC hat, driving an ultimately cool stainless steel DeLorean?

Yep. Mr. Mastroianni owns a DeLorean. (Black interior, grooved, no gas flap)

Somehow, I managed to pull into the parking lot and slip my rumbling DeLorean right in beside Pat's. Suz was the first to notice him exclaiming, "I think he's famous! When you introduce yourself, see if his name is Pat. If it is, he's from Degrassi!"

And that's pretty much exactly how it went down. For the next few hours, we all partook of the garage's most excellent free hoist, helping each other do a little maintenance. Even Pat himself got his hands dirty, literally. (Which wasn't really a big deal, because along with the hoist, we were allowed to use the sink.)

Transcripts of our conversation - $3.00Outside, Pat admired my car. Specifically, the glossy paint job on the rear fascia. After 25-ish years of mechanics bent over the engine, his paint was worn & peeling. Somehow, having a celebrity compliment anything of yours makes that item a little more appealing. I wish I could've told him it was a local Toronto shop that painted the fascia. But the British Columbian shop that did the A-1 job is a little far.

While repairs went on around us, Pat helped me locate a bad relay bypass in my electrical panel. We both have the original 30-year old relays and decided they need to be updated before they fail.

It didn't take much for Pat to persuade President Ken to help him install a sweetass strut tower brace in his DeLorean. It was difficult for Pat to contain his excitement. The install took less time than a stalker scaling a fence and dashing all the way to the back door.

During Tech Day, he was just one of the guys, which is probably how he likes it. Eager to drive home and see how the car handled with the new strut tower bar, Pat left a little early. Was it just like Gran Turismo? I'll have to ask him at the next meet.

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Blogger SJ said...

The repeated use of the word "stalker" makes one wonder ...

7:47:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

SJ, does anyone else know you're pantsless when you leave comments on blogs? Should I keep that little secret to myself? Wait... oops! I think I've cornered myself.

10:30:00 AM

Blogger Michael Manning said...

A very cool post! I only wish I could have attended and walked around with you and Suz to listen and learn about these fascinating automobiles!

12:51:00 AM

Blogger Jay said...

This is awesome!

3:34:00 AM

Blogger TheatreChick73 said...

JOEY JEREMIAH!? I had such a crush on him back in the day. From the look of your pics, my crush still stands.


3:48:00 PM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

but don't you think you would ENJOY stalking much more? lol

8:04:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

LOL Ms. Creek, you know me don't you?

11:37:00 PM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

Must get DeLorean hot bitches will follow.....must get Delorean hot bitches will follow....

11:32:00 AM


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