Every DeLorean car owner we run into, and there have been quite a few in 8 years, offer their most prized possession – The DeLorean; well, for a photo shoot, not to keep. We have played more than one show with a DeLorean by the stage, as a prop, to add more flare; but what makes this car so special? To us, it is more than a car… it is a symbol. What does it symbolize? A decade, and one that can be revisited.
But first, the backstory. For those of you who did not grow up, live through, or can’t seem to remember the 80’s, there are a couple of notable memories surrounding the legacy of the DeLorean. One being, it was the first of it’s kind. Made from stainless steel, it’s door’s open like the wings of a bird, called gull-wing doors. The second, and most recognizable attribute to the legacy of DeLorean, it’s role as a flying time machine in the classic 1980’s movie trilogy “Back to the Future”. If you haven’t seen it, check it out… you will find yourself quoting lines like, “Great Scott” and “1.21 Gigiwatts” in no time!
We have one band member who knows all of the quotes. Jess, pictured second from the left above, is sitting indian-style and looking at his watch. Why, might you ask? He is re-enacting the famous cover photo from “Back to the Future”. As a movie connoisseur, Jess never misses a chance to reenact, quote, or play the theme song from one of his favorite 1980’s films.
So… How does this DeLorean symbolize a decade that can be revisited. The DeLorean is an icon of the 1980’s, like the rubix cube, or neon wayfarers. But that is not the kicker, the DeLorean is the time machine that takes us back to the 80’s to be revived. The metaphorical vehicle, soaring through time, breaking down the barriers and troubles of everyday life. Keep that in mind next time you stop in to a Deloreans’ show, close your eyes, jump in our DeLorean for a ride “Back in Time”, because “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”.
First photo: Taken at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, MD on July 2, 2015. The car was donated by Bob’s prop shop as a giveaway celebrating “Back to the Future” and their 30th year anniversary – http://www.bobspropshop.com
Second photo: Cover of “Back to the Future” Movie
Third photo: Taken at Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA on September 3, 2015.