Back to the Future Tribute Car

The Future is Now at the AACA Museum

On display from June 20 – October 30, 2015

Special note:  This car will be OFF EXHIBIT 9/11- 13 to participate in an offsite event

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The AACA Museum is turning back the hands of time this summer. Along with our A Family Affair:  Station Wagons exhibit, we thought it would fun to honor the 30th Anniversary of the “Back to the Future” movies.  The year 2015 was the year they traveled to in the original “Back to the Future” movie at the end of Part 1 and again in Part 2.   We will feature a “Back to the Future” tribute car – an original DeLorean that has been hand crafted to look like the original movie car.   There are also concept prints on display to show the progression of this tribute car to the finished product.

In the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future, the story revolved around a time machine that Doc Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) built out of a Delorean automobile.  Teenager Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) accidentally got sent back to the 1950s and caused all sorts of havoc including accidentally preventing his parents first meeting.  Having to unite his parents and get “back to the future”, the film’s comedy, adventure and science fiction reached a cord with the film going public

The film spawned two sequels, a Saturday morning cartoon show, 3 theme park rides, and numerous commercial tie ins.   The DeLorean vehicle itself became a character of the film series.  At the end of the first movie the car became a flying car in the then future year of “2015”.  In the second movie released in 1989 the car flew around with many other flying cars in 2015.  In the third and final installment of the film trilogy the car was modified with 1950s white wall tires and a “time circuit” hood box.  In 1885 the DeLorean no longer ran as there was no gasoline, so the time machine was modified with train wheels and pushed with a  steam locomotive.

This tribute car was built out of an original 1982 DeLorean street vehicle (the ones used in the movie were the 1981 model which had a few minor cosmetic differences).  After an auto accident in 2007, the car was repaired and then converted into a replica of the time machine as seen in the film series.  Everything was done by hand to replicate the props as seen in the movie.  Some items on the car are resin castings off of original props used on the film series cars.  Many items are the same surplus items the film makers used to put the car together.   The conversion process took about 4 years to complete.

In addition to the tribute car, the display will include several original pieces of time machines used on screen, production photos used by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to make the scale model, original handwritten notes by the filmmakers who built the original car and even two original film blue prints.   ILM created a flying DeLorean time machine for the end of the first movie. For the second film, ILM modified the same model by adding an interior and miniature figure of Doc Brown and Marty McFly.

About the Owner and Builder
This car was built by Tom Silknitter with the help of Gary Weaver ( who welded the rear vents and supplied some of the replica parts.   Tom is the DeLorean Historian for  He has done published interviews with many of the craftsmen and women who worked on the original films.    Tom was also the official historian for the Time Machine Restoration Group that restored the original “A” hero DeLorean time machine at Universal Studios California.

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