Deloreans and Time Travel.

November 20th, 2006 by William

The Discovery Channel is hosting a contest to spoof one of their shows with a chance of having your spoof played on the air. Originally the contest had a $500 prize attached to it, but for some reason, probably lack of submissions, they removed the monetary incentive and extended the submission deadline. After hearing about the contest I contacted my cousin, Jon Eilers, who is an amateur videographer. We met up and tossed a few ideas around and in the end decided to do a Mythbusters spoof with a Back To The Future time travel theme.

In the spoof we built a flux capacitor and installed it into a vehicle to see if the car would indeed be freezing cold when it came back from traveling through time; a great premise for a show if you ask me. However we wanted it to be as authentic as possible. With some quick thinking Jon contacted a local DeLorean club and asked if anyone would be interested in having their car in our spoof. The response was impressive, with about five interested parties. We settled on a vehicle, complete with a “1.21 GW” vanity plate, and on the day of the shoot awaited its arrival eagerly.

If you were young during the 1980’s the DeLorean was right up there with the Lamborghini Countach (the one with the wings) and the Ferrari Testarossa (the ’80s version) in the dream car category. The stainless steel body, low slung wedge shaped design and signature gull-wing doors gave the car a distinctive look. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the DeLorean was powered by a pretty docile PRV (Peugot, Renault, and Volvo) V6 and wasn’t quite up to the performance standards of the Ferrari and Lamborghini; but it was still a cool car.

When our loaner DeLorean pulled into the parking lot it took me right back to being a little kid. The sleek Giugiaro designed body lines still looked amazing and the cars overall stance was much lower than I remember. Even though we were shooting in a relatively remote area, we quickly had a crowd of onlookers ogling the stainless steel sports car. A portion of our shoot required the car to accelerate quickly through the parking lot. During these scenes it was obvious that the DeLorean wasn’t a rocket, but the car looks fast just standing still and the effect is amplified when it is in motion.

I had a great time shooting our spoof, and getting to be so close to one of my child-hood dream cars was like meeting celebrity. When I went home that day I checked ebay for used DeLoreans and saw that they are plentiful and somewhat affordable. Maybe some day……

-Bill Mertz

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One Response to “Deloreans and Time Travel.”

  1. DaveP Says:

    That is excellent, a really good spoof, made me laugh :)

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About William

I am a twenty something car enthusiast. I spend most of my days working in a small restoration shop in Northern California that specializes in vintage Alfa Romeos. I also manage to do some freelance writing for a handful of automotive publications. When I'm not at the shop I can usually be found working on one of my own project cars, out driving on a good windy road or good jeep trail. Despite what my girlfriend says cars aren't what defines me, they are only what I do. When I have a chance I also love to go camping, play sports or generally do any type of outdoor activity. I don't take myself to seriously, so I hope you don't either.

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