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DeLorean fan hopes to raise £25k to give famous car a future

By Laura Abernethy

Published 29/12/2015

DeLorean car fan Clark Wilson and his sister and some of the famous cars
DeLorean car fan Clark Wilson and his sister and some of the famous cars

A man from Northern Ireland is trying to save DeLorean sports cars from an uncertain future - but he'll need more than a flux capacitor.

Clark Wilson (31), originally from Antrim but now living in Canada, is campaigning to raise £25,000 to rescue some of the ageing gullwing cars, bring them home to Northern Ireland and restore them to their former glory.

He said: "I would, in an ideal world, like a car to be back on the road for the Euro 2016 tournament.

"I would love to take a restored DeLorean to France and follow the Northern Ireland national team."

The DeLorean DMC-12 car was produced in Dunmurry from 1981 but only 9,000 were ever made after the American company went bust.

However, it was immortalised as Doc Brown's time machine in Hollywood's Back to the Future trilogy.

Clark explained: "The world forgets this car was built in Dunmurry, and built during the Troubles. There are 6,500 DeLoreans still in existence.

"The majority got exported to the USA and I want to bring them back. It's part of our history and I want to see more of them on our roads, not locked up in a garage in America. If any original Dunmurry workers are still mechanics, that would be a luxury. DeLorean was born in Northern Ireland and it should be resurrected in Northern Ireland."

Clark plans to allow charities across Northern Ireland to use the car for photo shoots and appearances.

Clark said: "It all began back in the early '90s at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. I was maybe 10. I saw a prop car at the studios and instantly fell in love."

"This is not a car to be placed in a private collector's garage under lock and key. I'd happily do my Tesco shopping with it," he added.

For more information on the campaign, visit facebook.com/saveadelorean

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