“Wait a minute, Doc,” an incredulous Marty McFly says to Dr. Emmet Brown in a memorable scene from Back To The Future. “Are you telling me that you built a time machine ... out of a DeLorean?”
If you’ve seen the movie, you know Doc did, and so has Ken Kapalowski, complete with flux capacitor and fusion generator.
The Burlington man says the movie’s fans are always thrilled to see his 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 modified to look just like the one in the movie that transports Marty, played by Michael J. Fox, to 1955 from 1985. Kapalowski recently cruised to New York City for a cast reunion marking the film’s 25th anniversary.
“It’s incredible,” he said. “People swerve from their lanes and hang out their windows with their camera phones, honk and give us thumbs-up. People love it.”
The 31-year-old has been reliving the film since he first saw it at age eight.
“Back To The Future resonated and just became this obsession when I realized you could actually buy a DeLorean. Ever since I was eight years old, I kept telling everybody, ‘I’m going to get a DeLorean when I’m 21.’ And they’re like ‘yeah, yeah, whatever, keep dreamin’.”
Happily stuck in the past
Ken Kapalowski may never come back to the present.
He is heading a club of DeLorean owners, organizing the first-ever convention for Back To The Future fans this month in California, making appearances with his car to raise money for Team Fox and the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fight Parkinson’s disease and, best of all, meeting Fox and the film’s other stars.