A BACK To The Future fan has spent £80,000 converting a DeLorean motor into the iconic star of the cult film.
James Napier, 37, says he’s probably ‘the coolest dad’ when he picks up his three kids; Paige, 16, Devon, 13, and Daisy, 8, from school every day in the iconic silver motor.
James spent a fortune transforming the once run-down car to resemble the one featured in the 1985 movie in which character Marty McFly travels through time.
And while most would only take out their prized motor for an occasional spin, James uses it for the daily chores.
He said: ‘I take it out on weekends and I drop my kids off at school or football sometimes.
‘They like it and their friends find it quite amusing! You see other people’s jaws drop when we drive past.
His daughter Daisy said she loves it when people beep at them when they drive past.
Daisy said: ‘It’s really cool. Dad is probably a bit crazy to build something like that!
‘I like it when people beep at us when we drive past!’
James, a website designer from Wickford, Essex, has spent the last five months bringing the iconic car to life, after buying it for £55,000 back in June.
But when he first got it, he admits it was a bit of a mess because someone had already tried to convert it into the iconic Back To The Future car.
James said: ‘The car was an absolute mess. I was completely nuts.
‘I thought maybe I could salvage some of it but in the end I needed to get rid of everything and start from scratch.
‘It might have took a while but it’s definitely worth it.’
His extraordinary left-hand drive car has now become the talk of the town and he said people flock just to catch a glimpse of it.
James said: ‘I like it because it reminds people of their childhood. I love the film and I’m glad I’ve brought it to life for people.
‘It’s a fully functioning car. It’s passed its MOT and it runs like a dream.
‘There’s only one other like it in the UK. It’s really rare and one of a kind.
‘It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy it. It was one of my childhood dreams to have one.’
The car is also kitted out with a number of gadgets to mimic the motor in the film.
These include a smoke machine, which operates every time the doors open, and a number of dials and lights designed to replicate the movie motor.
But despite the modifications, it only cost James an extra £20 to add the car on to his existing insurance policy.
‘We drive it everywhere we go — you’ve got to make the most of it,’ James added.
‘The family adore it, although my wife probably doesn’t want to know how much it has cost me in total to restore.’