January 21: The DeLorean

Delorean“Wait a minute, Doc. Ah…Are you telling me that you built a time machine…out of a DeLorean?”

“The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” -Marty McFly & Dr. Emmett Brown, Back to the Future

It was on this day in 1981 that the 1980s’ most iconic sports car began to role off an assembly line in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. I speak of course of Doc Brown’s time machine of choice, the DeLorean.

The DeLorean Motor Company was founded by John DeLorean who wanted to create a distinctly new kind of car for the 1980s. The original DeLorean DMC-12 prototype was designed by William T. Collins, Pontiac Motors’ former chief engineer, but the final design for the DeLorean was created by famed Italian auto designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The DeLorean DMC-12’s most unusual feature was of course its gull-wing doors. However, the car’s unpainted stainless steel body gave it a magnificent futuristic shine.

Roughly 9000 DeLorean DMC-12s were produced by the DeLorean Motor Company during a three year period in the early 1980s. Why did the DeLorean have such a short lifespan? Well, there were two factors, both of them distinctly 1980s: The first was the decline of the U. S. car market, and the second was John DeLorean’s arrest for cocaine trafficking. He’d later be found not guilty, but the damage was done and the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt.

Dear readers, I was absolutely ecstatic when I found today’s featured drink, because there is no better cocktail to pair with the anniversary of the gull-winged DeLorean than a drink called Gull’s Wings. It’s a twisty tequila cocktail that utilizes creme de bananes liqueur and lemon juice. Don’t worry, the banana flavor and the lemon juice actually balance each other out kind of nicely, although it doesn’t dull the tequila’s traditional sting.

Gull’s Wings

  • 2 ounces Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Creme de Bananes
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

Tomorrow: A mad monk

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