Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Drivers Still Find DeLoreans Delightful

CHATSWORTH, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The DeLorean sports car didn’t die when the movie Back to the Future mockingly turned it into a time machine – or when the flamboyant creator of the excessive ’80s auto passed away this past Saturday (Mar. 19).

Surprisingly, there are still thousands of devotees worldwide who own one of John DeLorean’s stainless steel creations, according to Ed Bernstein, who runs a DeLorean repair facility in Chatsworth, California.

Bernstein – a co-founder of the DeLorean Owners Association – says he has a waiting list that’s a mile deep for repairs, with 24 DeLoreans in his shop and 14 more on the way.

He thinks the car has kept its fans over the years because, as he puts it, “it was, and still is, one sexy automobile.”

Bernstein doesn’t believe DeLorean’s passing will affect the car’s popularity because, in his words, “The legacy is still there.”

And although many will remember DeLorean for his later charges of cocaine dealing, Bernstein says he’ll remember his sometime lunch partner as “a good, down-to-earth guy.”

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