The Original DeLorean Factory Molds Were Used As Fishing Anchors
The DeLorean DMC-12 from the Back To The Future series is probably the most iconic pop culture car in history, right in front of Mr. Bean's polite little English jalopy and Fred Flintstone's footmobile. Marty McFly's sweet ride is also the only car you know would kill you if anything beyond a fender bender happened while you were behind the wheel. Fortunately, these cars are no longer used for driving, but for housing.
And we're not talking about hobos. Or not just hobos, at least.
The history of the doomed DeLorean Motor Company has been well-documented, what with its owner's Scarface-like involvement with cocaine and, more importantly, the fact that the signature car was shit. Soon after John DeLorean's fall from grace, the company folded in 1982. The factories in Ireland were shuttered, the employees displaced and the flux capacitors smashed in frustration. But there were still car parts and factory machinery that had to be disposed of. The logical choice would have been to dump them in the sea -- which they did. A fishing vessel was sent to the manufacturing plant on the coast of Ireland to jettison the tooling presses, finished car panels, and molds into Kilkieran Bay. There, they were going to be used as anchors to keep fish cages at the surface, but nature had other plans.
The fish farm did not stay active for long, leaving the Delorean parts and machinery to rust at the bottom of the bay. In 2009, when the parts were rediscovered, a photographer headed down to those seabeds and found that the Delorean legacy was not only still alive deep in those cold waters, but it was even helping foster a healthy habitat for plants and animals.
This place is now more alive than the Great Barrier Reef.
The photographer, Sean Lynch, is still tracking the progress of the infamous car graveyard, by now popular sea life resort. His obsession has gone even so far as to lead him to create handmade replicas of the sunken pieces. When he finishes his duplicate DeLorean, though, he's gonna freak when he sees a confused, elderly Biff Tannen trying to drive it.
What happens when Doc parks in the wrong neighborhood.
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