Though it's not nearly as prolific as most other European countries, there's more to Ireland's car industry than the DeLorean.
- Jeremy Korzeniewski
- Mar 17, 2016
When an animal rescue group finds a disabled pup, it swoops in and spirits the pooch to a vet and better care. When Rich Weissensel finds a wrecked DeLorean, he whisks it back to his rural lair for a wild makeover. Over the past 14 years, ever since the Chicago native and software engineer met John Z. DeLorean at a car event, he's been exercising his Dr. Moreau-like tendencies on the gullwinged coupe, so far creating a monster truck, a limousine with six gullwing doors, a convertible, a hovercra
When John Z. DeLorean set out to build a car, he had good intentions – it'd be small, efficient, sporty, affordable and safe, complete with a rust-free, stainless-steel body. The outcome, though, was a lamentable mess, a coupe whose prestige rests more with its gullwing doors and its star-making role in Back To The Future than in its actual driving character.
The DeLorean DMC-12 was, for a brief but shining moment, the dream of the 1980s motorist. Eventually failed in the cold, hard, reality of bad business deals and sketchy engineering, the gullwing DeLorean has nevertheless refused to go away. The injection of stardom from Back to the Future and the motoring media's near sycophantic obsession with the wild life of John Z. DeLorean have given the brand legs that wouldn't have been believed in the darkest days of 1983.
If you're a fan of car-focused media from the 1980s, have we got a video for you. A certifiable genius Someone has mashed up scenes from the Back to the Future trilogy with the opening theme and voiceover from Knight Rider. Yes, Doc Brown's Delorean time machine replaces Michael Knight's KITT, while The Hoff is replaced by Michael J. Fox.
Lego fans have spoken and a Back to the Future time machine set will be available for purchase on August 1 for a retail price of $34.99. The fourth model in Lego's innovative Cuusoo line, the Back to the Future set is based on a user-submitted design that received 10,000 supporters on Lego's website. Limited quantities of the set were made available at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif, with global sales starting next month.
A couple of months ago, 49 DeLorean DMC-12s were part of the Celebration of Autos held at and around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Put together by the Indiana DeLorean Motor Club, the parade of stainless steel gullwing coupes was furthermore captured and detailed by Kassim Norris, who spoke to club president Jason Sharkey and club member Rick Vermillion about their love of the cars and the event.
Our favorite DeLorean-turned-hovercraft is back. The Kickstarter-funded project was originally the brainchild of grad student Matthew Riese, and the last time we saw it, the floating car was busily hovering around McCovey Cove in San Francisco. This time, Riese's creation has taken to bombing beaches down by the Golden Gate Bridge. The video below shows the hand-built machine busting along the bay before taking to land for a quick flat spin. We can't convey how badly we want to operate this thin
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