One day, out of the clear blue sky, I remembered that something lurked off of 59N and Beltway8. This something was a car company that made its way down to Houston about 10 years ago. This car company was DeLorean Motor Company. The nerd in me automatically began reciting lines from Back to the Future. The car guy in me was already looking through the DeLorean website for some contact information. All I found was the generic “contact us” button that sent mail to what basically amounts to an automated system. Since I am not one to back down from a challenge I proceeded with the email. Much to my surprise I received a reply a few days later. A gentleman named James replied back and we set up a date to do a tour of this awesome facility. The nerd in me just gave the car guy in me an extremely awkward high-five.
Let me just clarify this one more time. I managed to set up a tour at the DeLorean Motor Car factory. Seriously, I haven’t been this excited about something in a long time. On we go…
Erik, Ryan, Michael, and I showed up that morning a little early so we had a chance to snap a few pictures of the outside of the building and warehouse. I felt like the lady in those old Mervyn’s commercials standing at the door saying “Open, open, open, open, open, open.”
James arrives in his girlfriend’s car (cool ass girlfriend) and we began the tour. We learned things and saw things this day that I will remember forever.
Here is James telling us about the history of the company and how it ultimately made it here to Houston. Did you guys know that DMC was once owned by the same company that owns Big Lots? The car that James is leaning up against is a Concours d’ Elegance multi-show winner. Did you know that they had a class for DeLoreans at the Concours d’ Elegance? The car guy in me squealed a little bit with joy. The nerd in me called the car guy in me a nerd. I was at war with myself, thank God I was hiding behind my camera most of the time (lol).
From here we entered the warehouse and assembly/repair facility. I will let the pictures do the talking from here. One can clearly tell that we were having a great time nerding out here.
At the end of the day we all left with smiles on our faces. No, they don’t build the Back to the Future cars here. Those are built out-of-state for a considerable amount more than regular sticker price. If you guys want to buy a new DeLorean, a used DeLorean, or just need parts/service for your current DeLorean then please get in contact with these guys. Check them out at http://www.delorean.com and make sure you tell James that AutoModia sent you. I don’t think anything will happen…but maybe I can get a cool die-cast model out of the deal (lol).
I had a great time, wait, we all had a great time. I want to thank James for putting up with us for a couple of hours even though you could tell this wasn’t the first time he had done this. Please check out our Facebook page for even more photos of the DeLorean tour.