The Delorean

Make Your Next Event Memorable, Rent a DeLorean Time Machine!

Spring is among us and aside from getting out the grill, storing the winter attire and switching from heat to A/C its that time to prep for upcoming events!

Whether it’s a birthday party, 80’s retro bash, company outing or wedding, renting a DeLorean Time Machine could be that extra wow factor you’re looking for!

While the common use is for a stationary photo-op experience, we at Ohio Time Machine strive to accommodate every request!

We were asked by a client of ours if we would travel to Chicago, IL for a special event to recognize the accomplishments of a team of employees who have, throughout the years, brought them to excellence they are at today! Thinking it wasn’t possible to get a DeLorean Time Machine there, we quickly took the challenge; Not only did we meet expectations but added that extra wow factor when their CEO came out of the driver seat to surprise those that attended!

Similarly, we had a client rent us out as a Valentine’s Day gift to her husband, a long time fan of the film Back To The Future! She had brought her husband to Columbus for a dinner date and wanted to stop at our home office for a special screening of the time machine. We added the wow factor by adding on a ride-along around town to complete the experience. This surprise gift made her husbands dream come true!

And that’s what we strive to do with every client; To create that little special something that will be remembered for a lifetime!

Say goodbye to renting the traditional inflatable animal in the front yard or outdated photo booth, and give us a try for your next big wow factor!

As Doc Brown said “ Your future hasn’t been written yet so make it a good one!” We are Ohio Time Machine Rental and we are ready to serve you!

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Rent A DeLorean Time Machine For Any Event!

It’s been only 8 months since Ohio Time Machine Rental has been open and it’s been humbling to see the overwhelming support we have gotten from our town and neighboring states! With write-ups in our local magazine The Columbus Dispatch and 614 Magazine to servicing great companies like Experian and Adex-Intl, 2018 had been a successful first year!

As we continue to grow and improve our service to those seeking to rent a DeLorean Time Machine, I thought I would take this time to answer the top five questions that we have gotten since we started this journey. While some of these questions are answered in our FAQ section of the website, this blog goes into a more detailed explanation.

#5 - “Why Can I Not Drive The Car” - The simple answer to this is pricey part replacements. While Insurance does cover certain issues, most of the time we Time Machine Owners are responsible for most of the bill. DeLorean parts are extremely pricey! For example I just had the torsion bar of the driver side door get replaced due to the part breaking. The part alone was $900.00! This is if you can even find a part since the car hasn’t been manufactured since 1983. While we want to make everyones dream come true to drive a DeLorean Time Machine, the risk is just to great and therefore we instead offer a ride-along option instead.

#4 - “Did You Build The Car?” - Most want to know if Ohio Time Machine Rental was responsible in the mod build, turning the DeLorean into a Time Machine. There are several companies around the states that tackle this type of technical build. Our car was built by Coulombe Enterprises, a Florida based company. Is this your only option however? Certainly not! One thing I have come to realize since owning a DeLorean is the overwhelming support from the DeLorean Owner Community. Several have created step by step plans including a parts list to construct ones very own Time Machine at a fraction of the cost it is to have a professional builder do it. One such owner, Andy Strano (www.RentDeLorean.com) is an example of that!

#3 “Does The Car Drive?” - To be blunt- Yes, it does! Given the car is almost 40 years old and has a history of breaking down and electrical issues, its understandable why we get this question. Our car is NOT just a hollow shell inside with fancy props on it for display purposes only, we absolutely drive it around!

#2 - “Can I Get A Lower Price?” - You would think this would be my number one question asked to me but surprisingly there is one far more asked which I will cover here in a second. We try to accommodate ones budget as best as we can so why does it cost so much to rent a DeLroean Time Machine? Well as covered previously in #5, maintenance costs are a huge factor due to the wear and tear travel tends to bring to the car, but that’s not the only reason. We here at Ohio Time Machine Rental invest a lot to ensure a top notch experience when renting our DeLorean Time Machine. From the high end prop replicas and cast signed Back To The Future merchandise on display for clients to see and take pictures; to the staff that attends providing all necessary tents, stanchions, tables, chairs anything to make sure the experience retains a high VIP state of excellence!

#1 - “Is This The Car From Back To The Future?” - Don’t be fooled! Many DeLorean Time Machine owners claim to have one of the originals from the film but the simple fact is all are mere replicas including ours. There were six DeLoreans used in the film with three (classified as the A, B and C car) still in existence.

“A” Car - Located at the Peterson Museum and California, this vehicle gives the most detail of the remaining 3. Apparently this car was used for all the close up shots in the movie hence why it is the most detailed!

“B” Car - Located at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. This car was used for the action sequences in the film including being outfitted with train wheels for the train scene in Back To The Future 3.

“C” Car - Is in the hands of a private collector located in New England. The car was retrofitted to look like the vehicle in Back To The Future 3 and goes on display occasionally for all Back To The Future Fans to enjoy!

I look forward to what lies in store for 2019 and beyond! AS Doc Brown so eloquently put it “Your future hasn’t been written yet, so make it a good one!” Will do Doc and I’ll see you all in the future!

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Time Machine Update!

Hello everyone! I'm excited to share with you updates on the DeLorean Time Machine build and all that has been happening here at Ohio Time Machine Rental.

Well to start with the obvious, the website is up and running! Special thanks go to Erica Shuelva, graphic designer for the business logo and for working overtime to meet the short  deadline I had for her! With Erica working overseas, everything was accomplished via FaceTime which made it even more  amazing that she was able to capture my vision and bring it to life! Many factors were given when designing the site and after several critiques from users and changes, we finalized on a site that not only is mobile friendly but easy to navigate. 

Second comes new faces to introduce! While in Florida I got the opportunity to meet Rob and Kyla, two talented actors who portray an array of noteworthy characters like Beetlejuice, Betty Boop, Popeye even Marty McFly and Jennifer from Back to the Future! Rob and Kyla have done various character events for Coulombe Enterprises that includes participating in the upcoming MegaCon in Orlando, Florida. A great couple for sure and they are on board to assist Ohio Time Machine Rental with any event a client wishes!

Now on to the car. I recently returned from Florida visiting the DeLorean Time Machine and I couldn't of been happier at the process in which Bruce Coulombe at Coulombe Enterprises and his team have made! The time circuits, flux capacitor, just to name a few items (see the pics below for more items that have been installed) are in place, as I write this blog the flux bands are getting prepped to be applied. Bruce shared with me all the little details that I thought added a special touch to the car, for example a secret compartment he built to reach the fuse box and taking the time to explain the detailed electronics that will be strategically placed in the front trunk area of the vehicle. I cannot be more impressed with Bruce and his team and I snagged my Ohio plates for the car and grabbed a few photos as well as the progress which are posted below for you to view!

Finally I would like to add a special thank you to Adam Kontras, owner of Rent the DeLorean of whom without giving me the time of day to answer my questions when all other owners ignored my calls as well as without his suggestion I would have never met Bruce, I wouldn't have even gotten to where I am now so thank you Adam! You might not think you did much of anything my friend but to me it's the small things that make the most difference in a persons life.

More to come so stay tuned.........

 

 

Extra ordinary Adventure, Extra ordinary Seller!

January 6th, 2018 2:34pm marks the half way point until construction is complete! I wanted to take a moment to share with you the unique way in which this all came together! 

Bruce's team was key to finding a car that would suit the needs to build a Time Machine. I'd done some extensive searching over the last year and hadn't found any hopeful options. Until one Saturday night I was out of town, I got a text from Bruce's lead DeLorean researcher Joe, about a unique find. 

Ebay seller, Kerry had posted his car up for auction, providing 36 pictures detailing the many areas of interest on the vehicle. Most of the engine was repaired along with the entire wire system being stripped out and redone (see photo below). Kerry was an electrical engineer by trade and the re-wiring of the car was one of the most highlighted points of the Ebay sale. 

After a few text exchanges with Joe I was assured this was a once in a lifetime find. Anxiously I watched as the time dwindled down and with 20 seconds to spare I placed a bid. To my shock I was won the bid!

After the shock of winning the car I decided to phone the seller. I started by congratulating him on selling his vehicle but to also introduce myself and make plans for payment and shipping. I was expecting an answering machine or a cheerful voice when I called but what I received was far from what I expected...

The phone connected and I heard crying on the other end. Kerry and his wife were in tears and I found myself speechless as Kerry attempted to muttle out the word hello. I introduced myself as the buyer of the car and that I congratulated them on the sale. Kerry apologized for his emotions and explained that the car was the first thing he and his wife purchased when they got married so it has a lot of sentimental value. Sympathizing, I offered to deny purchase to allow them to keep the car but happily they said it was time to let it go for someone else to enjoy. 

We spoke for about 2 hours and had a very pleasant conversation. When I saw the car I could see how much it meant to them just by the care it showed. 

A needle in the hay stack for sure and a delightful story to go with it!

Until next time....

The first time...

November 11, 2017 at 10:15 I finally saw it. I sat in the drivers seat, overwhelmed with emotion and realized, my journey had just started. One of my childhood dreams to bring one of my favorite movies to life was becoming a reality! I'm aflame thinking about the impact this nostalgic vehicle will have on fans new and old, and even more passionate about the community, large and small that we will bring together. 

Until next time...

The DeLorean makes it to the shop

October 25, at 3:32pm the DeLorean made it to the shop in Florida! 

The car looks great and I have the original owners to thank for that! Aside from two minor repairs, the car, built in 1981 is very road worthy and the body condition is near mint. Now comes the exciting part, the car is becoming one of the most iconic movie props-to-date. This job is in the hands of a talented individual with an impressive resume! 

Bruce Coulombe, owner and lead construction designer of Coulombe Enterprises has vast experience building DeLorean time machines. I knew the moment we first spoke about transforming my car that I'd found the right persons for the job.

Bruce, former low voltage engineer at NASA, design and tech support of security, fire and CCTV systems for ground operations, provided contracted tech support of low voltage systems for major theme parks such as: Universal Studios Orlando, Disney World and many others.

Bruce was the lead tech in assembling the Universal Studios Orlando Jurassic Park Adventures animatronic dinosaurs. Today Bruce and his company works closely with Universal Studios Orlando providing commercial and entertainment support with their DeLorean Time Machines and other movie themed vehicles.

Bruce has built almost 30 DeLorean Back to The Future Time Machines. Fans have come from all over the US to get their custom designed cars, not only for a DeLorean, but for other iconic movies like the Jeep from Jurassic Park and the robot from Lost in Space! 

Five months of construction awaits so stay posted for updates!