If you think you saw a completely decked out DeLorean, armed with a Flux Capacitor, seemingly ready to make its way through the space-time continuum, while driving around Alaska -- don't worry, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you.
On Friday, Oliver and Terry Holler drove their decked out, “Back to the Future” DeLorean replica into the Dimond Center mall -- an effort to spread their love of the franchise and help raise money for Team Fox -- Michael J. Fox, aka Marty McFly's -- foundation that raises money for awareness of Parkinson's disease.
Their love was clearly shared by the steady stream of people who clamored to get their picture taken with the buzzing and blinking DeLorean.
Michelle Friedline was one of those people, as she posed with her 10- month-old-son Dylan. Despite a busy day of errands, Friedline, who was 7 when the first movie came out, made a special stop to see the car that carried Marty McFly and others through decades of Hill Valley history.
“I loved it,” she said. “I would have regretted it if I hadn't come to see it.”
And even though it's been almost 30 years since the first film debuted, it's timeless according to Lenita Walsh, who surprised her two children, Liam, 12 and Mina, 8, with a special trip to see the car. Liam has built 15 replicas of the DeLorean, one of which he brought with him Friday. He held it and a larger model in his arms, which shook slightly with excitement. He said when he walked around the escalators and saw the car for the first time, he nearly fainted.
“It's exhilarating,” he said. “My dream finally came true. I got to touch the DeLorean.”
The Hollers said the car has been to 48 states, with Alaska marking the 49th. Oliver Holler was proud of the DeLorean's journey as he showed off an ALCAN highway pin. So far, the husband-and-wife duo have raised more than $100,000 for the foundation.
Contact Suzanna Caldwell at suzanna(at)alaskadispatch.com