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Dad Renovates ‘Back to the Future’ Car, Becomes An Instant Local Legend

  • by Alan Hobbs
  • 7 Months ago
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James Napier and his 8-year-old daughter Daisy posing beside their DeLorean.

Great Scott! Have you seen this fully restored DeLorean from Back to the Future in your neighborhood? 37-year-old movie fan James Napier transformed the previously broke-down car to a near-perfect replica of Marty McFly’s flying vehicle from the popular 1985 movie.

Napier, who designs websites when he’s not recreating landmarks of pop culture, says that his main motivation for souping up the old ride was so he can pick up his three kids; 16-year-old Paige, 13-year-old Devon, and 8-year-old Daisy, from school.

Check out this DeLorean, complete with doors that open upwards.

“I take it out on weekends and I drop my kids off at school or football sometimes. They like it and their friends find it quite amusing!” Napier said. “You see other people’s jaws drop when we drive past. The family adores it—although my wife Emma probably doesn’t want to know how much it has cost me in total to restore!

His daughter Daisy is very supportive of Napier’s DeLorean project.

“It’s really cool. Dad is probably a bit crazy to build something like that!” Daisy said, adding that she’s happy when people honk at them when they’re out and about in the car.

Daisy Napier is a big fan of her dad’s Back to the Future car.

Napier says he also brings the car out to charity events around southeast England.

“We take the car to all sorts of things,” Napier continues. “When we posted on Facebook that we had bought it, loads of people messaged me and asked me to take their kids out in it.”

His daughter Daisy said she loves it when people beep at them when they drive past.

“It’s really cool. Dad is probably a bit crazy to build something like that!” says Daisy.

All told, her father spent $72,000 for the car back in late June, then worked on it renovating it over the last five months.

James Napier poses with his real-life Back to the Future DeLorean.

Funnily enough, he wasn’t the first person to try to convert the classic car into its movie counterpart. A previous owner had also attempted the monumental task, but to less successful results.

“Somebody had tried to make it into a Back to the Future car—but it was really quite bad! The car was an absolute mess. I was completely nuts.” Napier explained.

He’s not wrong. It’s remarkable he started the project, let alone finished it, considering all the work that needed to be done.

“I probably spent around 1,200 hours working on the car and it was quite expensive to do. It was a seven days a week job.” he said.

Perhaps most impressive is the level of detail Napier has achieved with the replica. There are relays inside the vehicle that are identical to those seen in Back to the Future. Props inside the car make the same noises from the film.

“We have a smoke machine inside the car too so when you open the doors smoke comes out so it’s like you’ve travelled in time.” Napier added.

Who would’ve known a car from Back to the Future could such a magnificent blast from the past?

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