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RIP John Delorean

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mike N, Mar 20, 2005.

  1. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
  2. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    His nephew (or some relation) is a member here..goes by "Delorean."

    Sorry to hear it, Delorean.

    brad cook
  3. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Ya, except the whole drug thing... he was cool.

  4. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    It sucks to see an innovator such as him to pass.

    Mike, my bad. I stand corrected.
  5. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    Without Mr. D, we wouldn't have one of the most FREAKING COOL cars ever -- the DeLorean.
  6. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    Sad news. :(

    RIP John.
  7. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    RIP. :(
  8. lneal


    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    *** are you talking about?????? Surely you jest. He invented the muscle car! Ever heard of the GTO??
  9. Jarrod


    Jan 1, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    You're revealing your ignorance of the subject Kelly. DeLorean invented the GTO in the early 60's and was heavily involved in the creation and marketing of the muscle car era when he was an executive at General Motors. The DeLorean DMC-12 that came out in 1981 was really the least of his contributions to the automotive industry.
  10. :confused: I think you need to read up a bit more on the guy.

  11. Beat me by 1 minute!!
  12. lneal


    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    That's a pretty crappy little story there on CNN, now isn't it? :rolleyes:
  14. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    Sad to hear. He was a man who was pasionate about what he did.
  15. We can face it - guys my age...the movers and shakers that we looked up to either in cars, music, or most anything else are soon going to be gone.

    Time marches on.
  16. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    Geez guys, chill. I had a brain fart m'k? I forgot all about his involvement with Pontiac.
  17. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Aparently so did the local nightly news.
  18. Mike A

    Mike A

    Oct 3, 2002
    4wd time machine. (Not mine.)

  19. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Man, this sucks... Delorean, if he is a relative, my condolences!
  20. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    DeLorean was a Visionary in the automotive world. Many of his ideas were ahead of their times.

    An example was the OHC Inline 6 Cylinder engine that was used by Pontiac in the late 60's,early 70's. The American auto buying public wasn't that interested in a six at the time when you can get 350 & 400 CI V-8's in a Firebird. Inline six engines were were used in trucks and cheap grocery getter Falcons, Darts, and Novas. But none the less it was a pretty advanced engine for it's day the the public wasn't ready to accept the inline six as a performance engine.

    It did not sell well but the OHC inline six became a staple design for BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, and Jaguar. They saw the potential of this design and continue to use refined versions of their own inline six designs. They have sold millions of performance cars and have won 1000's of races with inline six engines.

    Had DeLorean worked for a Euro company more of his ideas may have made it to production.

    RIP John DeLorean

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