What would you do if you were the proud owner of a DeLorean? It may be illegal on public roads, but many "Back to the Future" fans would probably try to get it to 88 mph. In the UK, that’s exactly what one person managed. But instead of traveling through time, he got arrested for his troubles.
55-year-old Nigel Mills was caught by police driving the iconic vehicle at 89 mph on an Essex highway. He denied that he was attempting to time travel, and no flux capacitor was found in the gull-winged car.
“I wasn’t trying to time travel,” Mills told The Guardian. “It was at 11am on Sunday and the road was completely clear.”
In the movie trilogy, 88 mph is, of course, the speed the Delorean needs to reach in order to activate the flux capacitor – the device that makes leaping back or forward through time possible.
Mills said he paid £22,000 (around $29,000) for the DeLorean as he was a car fan and his family enjoyed the movies. “When I’m out in it a few people recognize it, they slow down and take pictures – drivers take pictures out of their windows or try to film you and I get approached at petrol stations,” he said.
Mills added that he only takes the DeLorean out a few times a year, and was only having a bit of a “run around” when the police clocked his speeding.
Thankfully for Mills, his case at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court was dismissed by the Judge after the prosecution offered no evidence. Biff Tannen's involvement has not been confirmed.
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