Never late for school! Dad drives daughter to lessons in his Back To The Future DeLorean
A film fanatic dad has found a way to make sure his daughter is never late for school… by driving her every morning in his Back to the Future DeLorean.
Little Molly Wickenden, eight, gets a lift to school with Dad Steve in his exact replica of the car that takes Marty McFly and scientist Doc back in time in the 1985 classic film.
But instead of heading to 1955, Steve and Molly nip around their home town of Deal in Kent.
Steve said: “We certainly turn a few heads. There are always people waving and beeping at us when we drive past.
“There certainly isn’t anyone else at the school gates with a flux capacitor!”
Whether it’s a short drive to the shop or the school run, Molly and Steve are never short of attention when they’re in the car.
Passersby point and stare and fellow drivers have even followed them home just to get a picture with jazzed up motor.
But although classmates are desperate for a ride in the car, it’s just Dad’s taxi for Molly and she wants to learn to drive in it when she turns 17.
Account manager Steve’s DeLorean was turned into the 80s time machine by Universal Studios in the run up to film’s 25th anniversary.
Steve brought the car to the UK in 2010 and since then it’s been serving as his family’s runaround.
Complete with a flux capacitor, an energy reactor and all the dials and clogs, it’s in such high demand that he hires it out as wedding transport and fundraising events.
Back to the Future fan Steve has even added extra features to make it an exact replica of the car in the original movie so not even the biggest film buffs could tell the difference.
He’s invested in neon lights and a sound system to blast a classic 80s hits as he drives around.
And tinkering in his garage he’s managed to attach a gadget to blow CO2 from the bumpers so it imitates the moment Marty and Doc travel back in time.
His upgrades mean he thinks the car’s value has soared from the £47,000 he paid for it to between £75,000 to £100,000.
Steve said: “People can’t believe it when we drive it down the street.
“They wave and beep at us, we’ve even had a few people follow us home in their cars just for the chance of a picture with it.
“Our car is exactly the same as what you seen Michael J Fox driving.
“The original from the film is in such a state of disrepair that it’s not driveable so this as close as you can get really.
“Even though we get some funny looks, we love the car.
“My wife bought it for me as a gift and it’s great that it’s not just a show piece. It is road legal and we are always taking it for a spin.
“People always think it’s going to be really nippy but it’s not actually that fast.
“But thanks to the time-travelling qualities, we always make sure Molly’s not late for school!”
Molly said: “It’s the best way to get to school and all my friends are jealous that I get such a cool lift.
“I definitely want to learn to drive in the DeLorean.”