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“Great Scott!" Essex dad uses DeLorean for the school run

A Back to the Future fan from Essex spent tens of thousands of pounds restoring a working DeLorean and now uses it to take his three kids to school.

James Napier, 37, from Wickford spent five months bringing the iconic car to life after buying it for £55,000.

He says it was always a childhood dream to have a DeLorean but admits this one was 'an absolute mess' before he restored it.

It's taken James more than a thousand hours of labour and research to recreate the car famously used as a time machine in the 1980s film franchise.

And while its flux capacitor may not actually help with time-travel, the car does have lighting, smoke features and even discreetly placed signatures from the directors and cast.

James takes the car to charity shows across South Essex. Credit: James Napier

"The kids love it. You see other people’s jaws drop when we drive past. It’s a fully functioning car. It’s passed its MOT and it runs like a dream. We drive it everywhere we go - you’ve got to make the most of it!"

– James Napier
The DeLorean is fitted with the iconic flux capacitor Credit: James Napier

James takes the car to charity shows across South Essex.

He says he doesn't like to think how much the restoration has cost him, but says similar projects elsewhere have cost around £30,000.

Credit: James Napier

The 1985 film Back to the Future which sees Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) travel back to his home town in 1955 also co-starred Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson.

It was so successful that it spawned two more sequels in 1989 and 1990.