Sunday 30 May 2021
With an undiluted love for nostalgia, all those attending The Classic at Silverstone are keen time-travellers and this summer visitors will have some added assistance as they roll back the ages to halcyon days gone by.
It is 40 years since the birth of the DeLorean – 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 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.
With its timeless Giorgetto Giugiaro styling, revolutionary stainless-steel body and distinctive gull-wing doors, the DeLorean was born in 1981 with film star appeal. In period, however, for all its good looks the show-stopper was comparatively underpowered and 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. Four decades on and the silver machines have become highly desirable automotive icons among car collectors and enthusiasts as well as movie buffs.