[DML] DMC (Texas) Addresses SonnyV
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[DML] DMC (Texas) Addresses SonnyV

In the early part of 2002, DMC (Texas) had watched with concern the
increasing amounts of misinformation and bad or outdated technical
advice that were being posted by individuals to the DML. Though the
individuals had good intentions and were probably doing nothing more
than repeating information they had read posted on the DML or
published elsewhere previously, it was troubling to us, as a company
that specializes in the proper repair and service of DeLoreans, to see
this trend.

While the collective DeLorean experience of the DMC (Texas) staff
exceeds 60 years, we also had a great concern that to unleash a flurry
of posts to the DML from the staff here would be perceived as a threat
to the DML, which had been founded on the idea that it would be free
of any direct or indirect ties to any particular "vendor".

The idea was floated that we create a profile of a typical DMC
customer, and use this profile to post answers and stimulate
conversation regarding various products and service being offered in
the DeLorean community. With my consent, and the rule that no
particular company or it's products would be singled out for criticism
or berated, "SonnyV" came into being.  This coincided with a period of
stronger than anticipated growth at DMC (Texas) and the idea was never
fully implemented, though over 18 months, about 15-20 messages were
sent to the DML from the "SonnyV" profile.

At one point in November of 2004, James prepared to post a response to
a message to the list on the subject of places to look when seeking to
buy a DeLorean. He was interrupted for a period of time, and when he
went to finish the posting, he finished the posting and signed it as
himself, rather the "SonnyV" pseudonym.

News of this became public in late November, while both James and I
were out of the country and unable to reliably access and respond to
emails. Upon our return the second week of December, things had "died
down" on the DML and it seemed that this had blown over and to post a
response would have only incited another round of messages on the subject.

We continued however, to monitor the sporadic messages that were being
posted and noted that most of them came from a very small minority of
list members. It was at that time the decision was made that James
would personally telephone those who contacted us directly, figuring
that those who were truly interested in the matter would take the
direct approach. Only one person contacted us directly on this subject.

The intent was not to deceive, though it now appears that deception
was the end result. DMC (Texas) and James Espey have great respect for
the owners of DeLoreans, whether or not they are clients of ours, and
extends apologies to those who were offended. An additional apology is
extended to the moderators who bore the brunt of the animosity
generated in the aftermath of this incident.

Any further comments or questions about this incident should be
directed either to myself or to James, and as with any comments or
questions you may have about DMC (Texas), our products and services,
we'll be more than happy to speak with you. During this whole debacle,
it was mentioned that some owners had not posted publicly or contacted
us for fear of reprisal or refusal to sell them parts in the future.
Nothing could be further from the truth and no one should have fear in
contacting us at anytime.

DMC (Texas) and it's staff will continue to act in the best interests
of the DeLorean community by continuing to service the needs of the
owners and enthusiasts through the sale of both reproduction and NOS
parts, accessories as well as sale, service and restoration of
DeLorean automobiles for owners all around the world.

Stephen Wynne
DeLorean Motor Company, Texas

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