When Marty McFly asked Doc Brown why he built a time machine out of a DeLorean, he only had one answer.
“The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” he replied.
That’s exactly what the owners of Captain Blue Hen Comics were thinking when they parked a DeLorean in front of their store Wednesday in celebration of “Back to the Future Day,” which pays homage to the popular film trilogy from the 1980s.
“Back to the Future Part II” shows characters Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) traveling three decades into the future to Oct. 21, 2015, to prevent Marty’s son from going to jail.
Fans celebrated across the country on Wednesday and many theaters even showed the movie.
In Newark, in addition to events at the comic shop, Days of Knights featured a Back to the Future board game, and the Newark Area Rotary Clubs held a “Save the Clock Tower” fundraiser at the clock tower near the corner of Main and Academy Streets. Money raised will be donated to The Delaware KIDS Fund, which provides goods and services to children at risk and in distressed situations.
The clock tower is a reference to the first movie in the trilogy, in which Doc and Marty power their time machine using a lightning bolt that struck the clock in the courthouse square. They learned of the lightning strike through a newspaper article from the future that advertised a fundraiser to help repair the damaged clock.
At the comic shop in Market East Plaza, visitors obtained a new Back to the Future comic, bought themed sandwiches from the food truck Wildwich and posed with a DeLorean.
Kevin Rude, of Newark, purchased the DeLorean 20 years ago because not only is he a fan of the movie, he also liked the car’s “timeless lines.”
“Plus, it’s easy to clean,” he said. “A lot of people didn’t even know the car until the movie.”
Rude added that he doesn’t normally show off the car — he drives it.
“We take it to go get ice cream,” he said, laughing.
However, when he was approached about bringing it to Wednesday’s event, he couldn’t say no. He said he’s just happy he can bring joy to movie fans of all ages and raise money for The Delaware KIDS Fund.
“I’m glad to help any charitable cause,” he said.
Sarah Laskowski, 17, of Bear, had her picture taken inside Rude’s car and, as a fan of the movies, was pretty excited.
“This is like once in a lifetime,” she said.
She said she first watched the film in middle school and was immediately drawn to all of the futuristic gadgets the movie predicted might be available in the future. Now that the “future” is finally here, Laskowski said she’s a little disappointed there are no hoverboards or flying cars quite yet.
“I think this is so cool,” she said. “The future is actually here today. No stuff really flies, but it’s still cool.”
Rebekah Fowlkes, 25, of Newark, who was dressed as Marty McFly, and Harry Simon, 22, of Dover, who was dressed as Doc Brown, also posed with the car.
Fowlkes was dressed in full McFly gear from the self-drying jacket down to the self-tying Nike shoes and the pink hoverboard. She said she often wears her costume to comic conventions.
Simon, who donned a patterned shirt and a wig of crazy white hair, said he first watched the Back to the Future movies when he was 10 years old and was hooked.
“I’ve been looking forward to this day for most of my life,” he said, calling himself a “super fan.”
Aside from the fact that the films are meant to be comical, he said he enjoys them for other reasons.
“I like the science fiction aspect of it,” Simon said. “And the fact that they used a hunk-a-junk car and made it famous.”
“It’s a timeless movie,” he added. “For some reason, people just keep coming back to it.”
At Switch Skateboarding, Niki Vella and her 11-year-old son, Francis, posed with a replica of the pink hoverboard Marty rides in the second movie.
“We’re very happy Newark decided to do this,” she said.
Joey Simpers, owner of Switch, said he ordered the hoverboard online and invited people inside the shop on Wednesday to take pictures for discounts on their merchandise. Meanwhile, the film played on TVs around the store.
“We’re fans of the movie,” Simpers said. “Who isn’t?”
Vella said she was a huge fan in the 1980s and passed her love of the movie onto her son, who she says is “obsessed.”
On Wednesday, Francis couldn’t even decide on a favorite character.
“That’s a hard one,” he said. “But the hoverboard is cool.”