With its foot planted firmly in pop culture, the infamous DeLorean is making a comeback from just the “Back to the Future” car. At the DMC or DeLorean Motor Company, they run a very tight and clean ship. Not a spot of oil or even water lay on the ground, tools were in the proper place and the entire shop was extremely organized.
The DMC started back in 1980 in Ireland. John Delorean worked for GM or General Motors and came up with some of the inventions we take for granted in our cars now a days. He also went behind GM’s back and produced the Pontiac GTO. GM had standards for every car the produced; a certain size car would only get an engine with a certain amount of horse power. Mr. Delorean didn’t like that and so he took an aggressively large engine and stuck it into a small coupe. The later became the GTO that people love today.
John Delorean broke away and started his own company, the DeLorean Motor Company. With intentions of produce 30,000 of his DMC-12 or as the majority of people know it as a DeLorean, seeing as it was the only car produced by his company, the company closed down after John Delorean spent all the money and then was later charged with drug trafficking charges.
Back in 1997, the DMC started up again, but just as a few shop throughout the USA. Dan Botkin, shop manager of the DMC in Garden Grove, had been working at the shop alongside Don Steger, the last remaining DeLorean Certified Tech, since the shop was called the DeLorean Motor Center.
The DMC does mostly repair work, replacing dented panels and making the cars run smoothly again; considering, they are almost 30 year old cars. They also do performance modifications and overall modification. They have re-created the popular “time machine” from Back to the Future 3 times and now they are on number 4. Don has also been hard at work, trying to make the stock 130 horsepower 2.8 liter V6 into a monster with almost double the brake horsepower! He is basically installing his own fabricated parts into the stock motor that will give the engine a huge gain in performance.
This year, the DMC started coming out with new cars! Technically, they have the VIN of an older DeLorean, but with such high goals of 30,000 cars and only creating close to 9,000, they have a huge amount of unused, virtually brand new parts that they can use to create new DMC-12s. A couple months ago the Back to the Future ride closed at Universal Studios. This obviously gained the attention of the media and interviews with the DMC sparked interest in the now Collector Car again. I hope that things only become busier for this shop, Dan and Don are two of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met. I can only fathom what the future might hold for them, but I would guess that we will be seeing a lot more of the DeLorean on the street. (MIKEC)