The owner insists he wasn't trying to time travel 'Back to the Future' style

In what must be one of the greatest coincidences in motoring history, a British DeLorean owner has been caught speeding at 88 miles per hour (142 kilometres per hour) - exactly the same speed that the DeLorean time machine in the film Back to the Future had to reach to travel through time.

According to The Guardian, the owner, 55-year old Nigel Mills, was arrested after being caught speeding on the A12 near Margaretting in Essex, England. That particular stretch of road has a posted speed limit of 70 mph (113 km/h).

Mills denied he was trying to emulate the antics of the film. “I wasn’t trying to time travel,” he said, adding that he only takes the car out a few times a year. “It was 11:00 AM on Sunday and the road was completely clear.”

The DeLorean cost Mills £22,000 (approx. $37,500 CAD). He explained he was “a car fan and me and the rest of my family enjoyed the Back to the Future films. When I’m out in it a few people recognize it, they slow down and take pictures - drivers take pictures out of their windows or try to film you, and I get approached at petrol [gas] stations.”

Despite its space-aged styling and rear-engined layout, the DeLorean DMC-12 was not actually that sporty. Its 2.8-litre, V6 Douvrin engine could only muster 130 horsepower, so even with a relatively light curb weight of 2,712 pounds (1,230 kilograms), the 0-60 miles per hour (0-100 kilometres per hour) sprint took a lethargic 9.6 seconds. That number rose to more than 10 seconds with the optional automatic gearbox. Mills, then, will have needed quite a long run-up to reach 88.

Mills was arrested and appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates Court, but the case was dismissed as the two arresting officers failed to turn up. It was an escape as lucky as any that Marty McFly made from Biff Tannen and his various relatives in the films.

Source: The Guardian

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