• DeLorean

    September 1997

    My buddy Shawn Knight, President of the Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club, was recently doing some research through the PNDC‘s past newsletters, and ran across my name… from September 1997. That’s when I joined the PNDC as one of the few non-owner members at the time. I often talk about attending a few Club events back then, and how much I was hoping to / looking forward to buying a DeLorean. It took me over 20 years, but I finally achieved that goal. I was only a member of the Club a couple years, but made a connection with the founder and long-time President, Arnie Brandon. Over the following 20 years,…

  • DeLorean

    2nd Owner, 2nd Plate

    Just a few days after my four year anniversary of buying DMC #10515, I changed the license plate. The first owner, who bought the car in 1983, put on the original “California Sunset Plate,” which was only in circulation for four years – from 1982 through 1986. The plate number, 2AWA057, remained on the car until yesterday… around 36 years. Growing up in California, that was always my favorite plate design, as it was the perfect amount of “80s” cool on cars from that era. And what better car to have it on, than a DeLorean. Oh… and it helps that the DeLorean Time Machine in Back to the Future…

  • DeLorean,  Maintenance

    Broken upper exhaust bracket

    Left the Vegas “Dinner with the D’s” last night and heard a weird noise… like a rattling. Turned out to be the upper exhaust hanger bracket had broken, and was just slightly ‘resting’ on top of the alternator blades. The blades were just lightly touching the bracket, but not consistently… so the ‘rattling’ was confusing. I thought I hadn’t closed the engine cover, but it was clearly connected to my RPMs. It’s VERY lucky it didn’t break 3mm shorter, and drop/lock the alternator blades! Of course, when I called Chris Miles, he knew what it was before I finished my sentence. lol Looks like #DeLoreanGo has the bracket for $50,…

  • DeLorean,  Maintenance

    ASI Radio Bluetooth upgrade

    One of my biggest issues with driving the DeLorean has been the lack of audio / music / sound in the car. What that REALLY means to me is, not having a GOOD bluetooth connection in the car. Being that #10515 is a 1982 – and since the first owner parked the car for ~27 years – the car has the original ASI radio and speakers. While the radio functioned okay (and the tape deck even works,) I rarely listen to the radio, opting for my own music collection (I *love* Google Music!) and/or the numerous podcasts I listen to (including DeLorean Talk!) But, having 42,000+ songs in my Google…

  • DeLorean,  Maintenance

    Plasti-Dipping DeLorean Rims

    When I first bought #10515, one of the four rims had been replaced by the original owner because it had been damaged. But, the replacement rim was a grey rim, not silver like the other three. That’s been bugging me for a long time. That, combined with the paint starting to chip on a couple of the rims, got me thinking about replacing the rims. But, at $200+ for each rim, I’m not excited about that. So I got to thinking about Plasti Dip – the rubberized spray paint. People have painted $200,000 cars with Plasti Dip. Click the photo to the right to see a bunch of examples, then…

  • DeLorean,  Fun,  Stories

    22,222 Miles

    I’m so happy and honored to be taking care of VIN #10515 for now. I picked up DeLorean on January 8th, 2016, with 15,980 miles on the odometer. I recently rolled 22,222 miles. In just under 1.5 years, I’ve driven DMC #10515 over 6,000 miles. It’s amazing it’s gone so fast! The longest haul so far was driving to Vegas for DeLorean Weekend in 2016. It was a GREAT trip where I met some great people, and I shared a house with some other wonderful owners, Gordon and Cathy Carpenter, and Skip and Patty Vaughn. Then next longest trips have been to San Diego a couple of times to support…

  • DeLorean,  Travels

    DeLorean QAC in Santa Ana, CA

    On March 19th, the 12th anniversary of John DeLorean’s death, I visited the site of the 1981 DeLorean QAC (Quality Assurance Center) in Santa Ana, CA at 3500 W. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92704. I’ve been wanting to come to this site for a while, and being that it was a beautiful 68° Sunday afternoon, and a significant day in DeLorean history, I figured it was time to uncover the car and make the 15 minute drive. I txt’d several other local owners and posted on the OC DeLorean Meetups group, but only one person showed – Ron Ferguson. The location is now a Home Depot, but in 1981…

  • DeLorean,  Events,  Fun

    DMC #10515 in a music video

    A couple months ago, I wrote about taking DMC #10515 to a music video shoot. Well, the video is finally out! And I’ll admit that I like the tune too! Any scenes where the DeLorean is driving on the street is actually ME driving! Pretty fun! And, I’ve taggd all the DeLorean scenes on Vidtaggr. [youtube video=”L8laCbHBOrw” autohide=”1″ color=”red” controls=”1″ allowfullscreen=”1″ iv_load_policy=”1″ theme=”dark” quality=”default” w3c=”1″]

  • DeLorean Weekend 2016 |
    DeLorean,  Events,  Travels

    DeLorean Weekend, Las Vegas 2016

    I took DMC #10515 on the first road trip since I picked it up… and where better to go than Las Vegas, Nevada! A few other DeLorean owners from Southern California drove out to the DeLorean Weekend event to take part in tech talks, a couple of car shows, a potluck, and most importantly good conversation and the chance to meet other owners from around the Country! I got to meet a new owner from Vegas (2 months I believe), someone from the Long Island DeLorean Club, a very nice couple from New Hampshire, and many others that I likely never would have met. And the best part was –…