Something I get asked a lot is how I came to own my DeLorean and how I got to know about these cars. It started when I was a young kid of about 4 years old and was watching movies at home with my mom before I was old enough to attend school. We had a bootleg copy of Back to the Future on VHS that my dad had recorded off of our local NBC affiliate when they aired it as a nighttime movie sometime in the late 80s or early 90s. I would watch this tape all the time and loved the characters, music, and of course the time machine itself. Being so young, I had no idea what the time machine was in real life, I just knew it looked cool. As I got older and watched the movie again as a teenager, I thought that the DMC on the front grille was a stylized GMC logo and that the car was actually made by General Motors (there are still people who call us at DMC Houston and believe this to be true as well).
Fast-forward to an age where the internet exists and things can be researched easily- I hadn't seen the movie in a very long time and decided to research the time machine to see what a DeLorean really was. It turns out it was a complete company in its own right, although it did end up having ties to General Motors anyway due to John DeLorean's history as their youngest division head, and his eventual rise to VP of car and truck production before he decided to create a car company in his own name. I immediately ordered several books on DeLoreans and the history of the company and earnestly read them all as they arrived in the mail. I was attending the University of Houston's school of music at this point and was beginning to think about my future and what life I would want to build for myself after I graduated and found my first teaching job. I knew a DeLorean had to be part of this future.
I basically stopped researching DeLoreans on the internet by that point and continued reading all of the books that had been published over the years about the car and the people who built it. I started with John DeLorean's biography - DeLorean and his book On A Clear Day You Can See General Motors. I then moved on to other people's takes of the car and the company - Hard Driving by Bill Haddad, and Dream Maker by Ivan Fallon and James Srodes. These books were all available online for $.99 plus shipping, so they were perfect for a college student to afford. As my knowledge about the car grew, I became more and more determined to own one. At that point, like a sign from the universe, an episode of Modern Marvels came on my dorm room TV one weekend and featured the DeLorean as a standout example of 80s technology. Not only was I seeing some great old video clips about the car, I also learned that the cars were actively being maintained and even rebuilt in Humble, a mere 16 miles from where I sat! I began to work any and all odd jobs that I could find - I taught private music lessons and coached high school marching band rehearsals, I worked as a face painting clown, I was a front desk assistant at a pet hotel, and I even spent an evening as a bartender. My goal was to have $10,000 in the bank before I graduated in mid-2009 to use as a downpayment for one- and I only had a few years left to do it.
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Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a car nut, bird lover, and musician. I have recently transitioned from music teacher to automotive service manager, and there have been lots of cool stories and crazy characters along the way!