Finding your dream car

“Back to the Future” has been a family favorite film franchise for decades, so much so that the car used for the time machine in the movie can resell for up to six figures. Now, imagine finding that same model in the back of a Wisconsin barn, with original parts and less than 1,000 miles, partially sunk into the dirt… like a treasure. Great Scott! That’s exactly what happened to Michael McElhattan, who owns DeLorean Midwest, an auto restoration company in Illinois that specializes in DeLorean’s, and his social media partner Kevin Thomas. The car featured in the “Back to the Future” franchise is a DeLorean DMC-12, manufactured from 1981to only 1983. With its gullwing doors and brushed stainless steel body, its spaceship-like appearance made the car ideal for the films.

DeLorean’s were assembled in Dunmurry, Belfast and the first DeLorean rolled off the production line in January 1981. The DeLorean’s body panels were made from the same brushed stainless steel used in the catering industry. Three of the cars were actually plated in solid gold! They originally wanted to build 100 gold cars as part of a 1980 Christmas promotion with American Express gold car members, but only 2 of the $85,000 (1980 dollars) cars were ever sold. with one as a backup spare. Officially the DeLorean went from 0 – 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, not really all that fast. The DeLorean was named “DMC – 12” because it was originally priced at $12,000. However, by the time it came to market, the car had a suggested retail price of $25,000 (you could option an automatic transmission for an extra $650). 

A total of six DeLorean cars were used for the making of the “Back to the Future” movies, along with one built entirely out of fiberglass for scenes in which the car had to fly. Only three of the movie cars still exist, plus the one that was destroyed at the end of the trilogy’s final film. Despite mechanical woes, the vehicles have since developed a cult following. And this one, a 1981 model that has spent the majority of its life in a barn, only had 977 miles on the odometer — a rarity. “After 17 years of working on DeLoreans, it’s been exciting to find a model they hadn’t heard of so close by. It’s always cool to see another one come out of the woodwork that’s been lost to the community,” McElhattan said.

Future funnies

Someone once told me that taking money out of your savings account is stealing from your future self.
Well luckily for me my future self won’t be able to afford a lawyer to press charges against me.

Hard work has a future payoff.
Laziness pays off NOW.

I went to see a psychic the other day. I asked her if I was going to jail some time in the future. She said no, so I robbed her. Bet she didn’t see that coming.

Putin goes to fortune teller to find out his future.
She says: “I see you on the car, arriving to a parade, there’s an enormous crowd, they’re crying for happiness when they see you, everybody is happy.”
“Great! I’ll lead the parade, who I will handshake with?”
“Nobody, your coffin will be closed.”

October 20th Birthdays

1984 – Alona Tol, 1986 – Jennifer Freeman, 1970 – Michelle Malkin, 1963 – Julie Payette

1980 – Joh Krasinski, 1931 – Micky Mantle,  1953 – Tom Petty, 1986 – Bruno Mars

Morning Motivator:

Wisdom has two parts: 1) Having a lot to say. 2) Not saying it.

Rolling with history