EDMONTON – Equipped with everything from a Mr. Fusion to a flux capacitor, a group in Red Deer has created its own version of Doc Brown’s time-travelling DeLorean.
2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Red Deer College’s annual golf tournament. It’s also the year Marty McFly, Emmett “Doc” Brown and Jennifer Parker visited from 1985 in the second installment of the classic sci-fi film Back to Future.
As a way to honour both, Red Deer College built its own DeLorean golf cart.
“I was blown away by the end result,” said Dean Heykants, who was asked by the college to build the cart. “I never thought that it would end up like this.”
A custom car builder who always looks for a new and different challenge, Heykants said he jumped at the opportunity to build the golf cart.
“I guess it kind of speaks to every man and what the possibility might be if we dream and the backyard building of something so cool like what Doctor Brown did,” said Heykants. “It’s just fantastic and that kind of gives hope for us backyard guys and what we can come up with just by thinking out of the box.”
While he admits he’s not a “super-fan” of the movie, Heykants said his favourite character is definitely the DeLorean.
“I’m a car guy, and it’s got four wheels and it’s got a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion and it travels in time. What more do you want?”
While the modified golf cart doesn’t actually travel through time, its Mr. Fusion doubles as a cooler, which comes in handy on the golf course. It also has several buttons that when pressed, say some of the movie’s most famous catchphrases.
“I’m from the future. I came here in a time machine that you invented. Now I need your help to get back to the year 1985.”
The golf cart has garnered attention from collectors around the world, especially on Back to the Future Day. The college plans to sell it and put the funds towards its athletics department.
“We’re going to auction it off. There’s interest all over the world actually,” said Joel Ward, president of Red Deer College. “We’ll raise money for our student athletes through the auction of this and students will benefit from scholarships and bursaries.”
And while many of the predictions made about 2015 in the 1989 film aren’t a reality today, it’s always good to dream.
“We’re always interested in the future because we’re always wondering what’s coming next,” said Ward. “It’s the hope that we have in the future, I think, that drives us as human beings, as a species. Hope is really what keeps us getting up every single day.”
Hope that one day he may actually be able to go back to the future.
With files from Fletcher Kent, Global News.