The first DeLorean I ever saw was back in the 90's. My parents used to take my sister and I to Universal Studios Florida pretty often. I hadn't even seen the Back To The Future films before I had been on the Back to the Future "The Ride". It was one of my favorite rides! I rode it over and over, worst part about that ride was how long the line took but it was always worth it. My mom recently dug out an old photograph of my sister and myself in front of the BTTF DeLorean that sat outside the ride. I love that photo. I couldnt tell you the first time I actually saw the movie but there was one memory that always gives me a bit of a chuckle. In High School, I came home from school to an empty house. Bored of what was on MTV at the time, I started going through our VHS'. I came across a VHS with Back to the Future hand written on the edge and my first though was 'cool, movie time' ... The movie starts as we all know, the sliding shot of the clocks with a news reporter talking about stolen plutonium. Right once the dog food drops into Eisenstein's bowl, the tape goes into squiggle lines and if you know about VHS it corrects its self by 'tracking' when the picture cleared, there was a naked lady dancing on a stripper pole. The video continued with Tampa's version of Marti-Gra called Gasparilla where ladies flash their boobs for beads. As a 9th grade kid, this was the greatest find ever! I kind of always kept that story with me on why I love BTTF so much.
My interest in owning a DeLorean came later in my life. I'm 32 and never really had the type of funds to ever even think about owning such a car. I did always have that dream in the back of my head. That dream just kept creeping up on me. I started posting on social sites how I am interested in purchasing a DeLorean but only to my friends and family. I was interested in what people had to say. There were mixed reviews all around. My parents didnt think it was smart. My friends thought it was nerdy but ultimately a cool idea. All in all, with everyone's take on the car, I still wanted one. People continued to push me away from the idea but the dream was bigger and better than what anyone said to me.
I then turned my sights to who was selling. I looked at many DeLoreans around the US but all were too far or too expensive. I needed to find a car roughly in my area, something I could get in and test drive. Everything that came up in my area were snatched up pretty quick. I then learned if I wanted a Delorean, I would have to just pull the trigger. I managed to get the funds together, (after a while of Ramon Noodles) I then found one. It was on Craigslist and the guy lived 10 minutes from where I was. I imminently started calling, emailing, texting... anything I could do to get a hold of this guy. I finally met the guy and the car I had been dreaming of for too long. It was a manual, grey interior, with every little wear and tear. It was perfect. I then got to drive it. Now, I'm 6'3" so I was surprised to fit perfectly inside. The car started right up and I took my first test drive. Matter of Fact, this was the first time I had ever sat in a Delorean. We started down the road, the clutch was rock hard and with no power steering taking any kind of turn was a task. I finally got the car going, and it all became smooth. I got my first feel of what its like being in a car that people love because I had people staring at me, waving, thumbs-up and I even had a guy flip me off. I was not expecting SO MUCH attention in the car. It really made me love being in it even more!
June of 2015, I got to drive away in a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12. This was the first Delorean I ever sat in, drove, bought.
I love this car and we have had a lot of fun in parades, car shows, birthday parties and even my wedding!