An unprecedented number of DMC-12s will head to this year’s Silverstone Classic to celebrate the time travelling DeLoreans 40th anniversary.
Love or hate them, the iconic 80s Back To The Future movies remain popular with a Great Scott! sounding every time a DeLorean is spotted in the wild. It’s now 40 years since the iconic albeit unreliable DeLorean was born – and that milestone is being marked with a record gathering of DMC-12s for an anniversary display and track parade at this summer’s festival (30 July – 1 August).
Although as an automotive company, DeLorean’s history was notably short, turbulent, and controversial, its futuristic DMC-12 sportscar now enjoys cult status around the world for its time-travelling antics with Marty McFly in the blockbuster Back to the Future movie franchise.
Retro-fitted with a flux capacitor, Doc Brown’s plutonium-powered scene-stealer immortalised the vehicle, capturing imaginations and transforming the Northern Irish-built coupe into one of the most famous cars in the world.
The Classic at Silverstone is winding back the clock to a time when Giorgetto Giugiaro styling, revolutionary stainless-steel body, and distinctive gull-wing doors seemed fashionable. Reality came knocking when the blockbusting classic was found to be seriously underpowered and grossly overpriced. Build quality was dubious, too, and within a couple of years, the troubled company was filing for bankruptcy with its flamboyant founder John Z DeLorean charged with cocaine trafficking.
Fast forward 40 years and the DMC-12s have become highly a desirable automotive icon among car collectors, often reaching extortionate auction prices on the open market. Bizarrely, more than two-thirds of the 9,000 cars produced have survived and, although the vast majority are in America, a few remain in the UK supported by the ever-enthusiastic DeLorean Owners Club UK.
Nick Wigley, CEO of The Classic’s promoter Goose Live Events:
“We, too, are honoured to be hosting a record turn-out of these remarkable movie star machines. We will, though, be limiting them to under the magical, time-traveling 88mph barrier on their parade lap!”
Silverstone Classic Tickets
All tickets for The Classic must be purchased in advance with adult general admission starting at £47 and the price of a three-day weekend ticket just £125. Free admission is offered to accompanied children aged 10 and under, while day tickets for those aged between 11 and 15 are priced from just £6.
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