RE: [DML] bttf event/DCS Vegas
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RE: [DML] bttf event/DCS Vegas



Yep - that's the one...
 
My car was purchased by Universal for $26k, they spent a lot of money on
promotion and repairs to ensure they didn't get sued by the new owner,
and then they raffled it off twice.  Both times the winners passed on
the car and took a cash prize of $26k instead.
 
All in all Universal had over $78,000 in the car before they realized
they couldn't give it away, plus the costs for repairs, promotions, etc.
I suspect they lost more on this one car than anyone else ever did, with
the exception Johnny Carson perhaps.  
 
The car was technically beyond totaled.  It sat outside the tram garage
for more than a dozen years, it was used as a paint stand, a pallet
rest, the engine wiring harness was food to many a wayward rodent.
Glass was broken out...  the interior a nightmare, but it did come with
half a tank of 1993 gas in the tank!
 
I'll hesitate to say how much I purchased it for, but it was less than
Danny Botkin spent on his Junker, and likely in far worse shape.  I sent
Don and Danny photos of the car before I bought it in an attempt to try
to set a fair value with Universal - that estimate alone was well in
excess of $26k, just from what was known.
 
I've done 98% of the work myself, and generally the car is a nice daily
driver (or it will be again later this month when it has fresh head
gaskets).  I do wish I could buy a new dash though...
 
I'll have a few before photos of the car in Vegas as well I guess, but
this car is a small part of a much larger journey...
 
Ken has confirmed a slot in the show for me.  My only regret is that I
don't think we will be screening the film in an omnimax dome - I have a
pretty good idea where to get a film print.
 
Tom

________________________________

From: Christopher Mack [mailto:christopher_mack@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2007 6:01 PM
To: Tom Tait
Subject: Re: [DML] bttf event/DCS Vegas


Tom,

IIRC wasn't your DeLorean the original raffle DeLorean that never left
universal because every time someone won it they opted for the cash
prize instead?  How many times was your DeLorean raffled off?  What
condition was the car in when you bought it?  Just wondering

-Chris
DMC6453

Tom Tait <TTait@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 

	Funny you should ask. I've been talking with Ken about doing a
	presentation on the ride at the DCS show in Vegas. 
	
	
	
	I started working on the BTTF Ride in '89 working on the Ride
Film,
	then went to Florida in 90-91 to help open the ride there, and
finally
	in '93 I was the technical manager for all the show and
operations
	related systems when the ride opened in Hollywood.
	
	
	
	I'll have photos, never before seen video, plans, etc. and I
should be
	able to answer most of the questions you guys can come up with
about The
	Ride.
	
	
	
	If anyone is interested...
	
	
	
	Tom
	
	10902 (The first Universal Raffle car)
	
	
	
	________________________________
	
	From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf
	Of David Teitelbaum
	Sent: Monday, August 06, 2007 8:51 AM
	To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
	Subject: [DML] Re: Disappointed - missed the bttf event
	
	
	
	The youtube clips are great. Not as good as being there but
certainly
	better than nothing. Too bad Universal didn't do anything at the
	closing of the Florida ride. If anyone has any connections some
	backscene video of the ride would be nice. The control room, the
	mechanicals, the projection system, etc. They wouldn't let us
back
	there in Florida. They will be converting the ride into the
Simpsons. 
	David Teitelbaum
	vin 10757
	
	--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ,
	"Gary Weaver II" wrote:
	>
	> I have a short write up and some pictures over on my website
here:
	> 
	> http://www.bttfparts.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=1291
	
	> 
	> Also, Mark Shields took some youtube vids which you can find
here.
	> 
	> Pre-Press Events
	> http://youtube.com/watch?v=LERxBCf8YpA
	
	> 
	> Press Conference
	> http://youtube.com/watch?v=YPVre2GNZA4
	
	> 
	> I had an awesome time (even if it was sad that they are
closing the 
	> ride) and personally want to thank Danny for setting the event
up 
	> and graciously allowing me to tag along for the setup of the
event.
	> 
	> It was a real blast.
	> 
	> -Gary
	> 
	> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ,
	"Sean" wrote:
	> >
	> > I hope everyone had a good time, We hit the road to drive
down from
	> > the bay area late Wednesday, but suffered a failing
alternator (it
	> > lived long enough to get us back home). Please post pictures
if 
	> you can.
	> >
	>
	
	
	
	
	
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