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

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Made In Ireland

When someone says Ireland to you, what comes to mind? Triple Distilled Irish whiskey? Sure. Four-leaf clovers? Sure. Bare-knuckle boxing? Maybe. But what about cars?

One of the most loved, well-known cars on the planet was lovingly built in Ireland. Think about that for a second. The United States is famous for open roads and the Mustang. Germany's got the Autobahn and BMW. Italy's busting at the seams with all manner of supercar like Ferrari and Lamborghini.

And Ireland has the DeLorean.

2012 will see Toronto's 25th St. Patrick's Day parade and if the weather holds there will be 10 gorgeous stainless steel cars smack in the middle. We'll be cruising, doors up, in front of the 300,000 spectators.

In preparation for the parade, I have begun construction of the banner that will adorn my windshield. I purchased green and white Bristol board (sorry! English, I know) at the Dollar store for 50 cents. The lettering I'm cutting will spell out: MADE IN IRELAND. And if that doesn't attract enough attention, I've also acquired a jaunty little green top hat to add some flair to my dull personality.

So if I've disrespected you with my rotten rants and half-witted insults and you'd like to fight it out like an Irishman, I'll be cruising down Yonge St. Sunday, March 11. In fact, here's the parade route, so you can thoroughly plan your attack. After you beat the snot out of me, just do me a favour and buy me a Redbreast 12 and I'm sure we'll be fast friends.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I didn't know that!! I've been enlightened!

I hope the weather holds out. It's not like you can just roll up the window with the doors up like that!

11:24:00 PM

Anonymous Dan said...

Ireland has the DeLorean, but Canada has the Bricklin...what's your take on the difference between the two?

There's at least one DeLorean here in Ottawa - I've seen it on the roads in the south-east end of the city, but only in the summer, and only on really nice, sunny days.

11:08:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Dan, I've met Malcolm Bricklin at our DCS shows in the states. The cars share a lot of basic/superficial similarities, as they were both primarily designed as "safety" vehicles. IMO the exterior of the SV-1 is gorgeous and the wheels are a big part of that. However, the pneumatic door system was poorly engineered, malfunctions, and is very slow. But as beautiful as the Bricklin is, the DeLorean is a much more refined and modern car.

5:15:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Ryoko stay tuned for a parade update! I hope to get some great photos.

5:20:00 PM

Blogger Michael Manning said...

Martini: A thoroughly cool idea and a point that many seem to miss about the DeLorean!

11:47:00 PM

Anonymous Dan said...

Not sure if you've seen this yet, but I saw an article on it yesterday and did some more research:
At $95,000 it looks pricey!

6:15:00 PM


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