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Photos: Alaskans go 'Back to the Future' with DeLorean replica visit

Nathan Eckstein gets his photo taken inside a meticulously-replicated "Back to the Future" Delorean. He saw the original movie in the theater when he was 6 years old. He's a big fan of the movies, even going so far as to buy the DVD from Australia so he could get it three months before it was released in the United States. May 10, 2013
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Michelle Friedline and her 10-month-old son Dylan get their photo taken inside the "Back to the Future" Delorean. Terry and Oliver Holler built the replica by hand and are traveling to every state raising money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. May 10, 2013
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Terry and Oliver Holler built a replica Delorean from the movie "Back to the Future" and are traveling to every state raising money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. May 10, 2013
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Terry and Oliver Holler built a replica Delorean from the movie "Back to the Future" and are traveling to every state raising money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. May 10, 2013
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Terry and Oliver Holler built a replica Delorean from the movie "Back to the Future" and are traveling to every state raising money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. May 10, 2013
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Terry and Oliver Holler built a replica Delorean from the movie "Back to the Future" and are traveling to every state raising money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. May 10, 2013
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Terry and Oliver Holler built a replica Delorean from the movie Back to the Future and are traveling to every state raising money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. May 10, 2013
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12 year old Liam Walsh, with hands shaking from excitement, clutches two of his 15 delorean toy cars. His mom took him out of school to see the life-size, street-legal replica car. May 10, 2013
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Suzanna Caldwell

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