DeLorean car maker's 'son' in legal trouble for three-wheel replica

Back to the courtroom! Cornishman claiming to be ‘sonof John DeLorean is SUED by US motor company after turning ROBIN RELIANTS into versions of Back to the Future’s time travelling sports car – complete with their own ‘flux capacitors

  • Ty DeLorean has used three-wheeled Robin Reliants to create his DMC 21 auto
  • Model is inspired by DeLorean vehicle which appeared in Back to the Future film
  • The 40-year-old has been served legal papers by DeLorean Motor Company over alleged trademark infringement
  • But DeLorean, who claims to be son of the inventor, will defend creation in court
  • A Cornishman who claims he is the son of legendary car maker John DeLorean has landed himself in legal trouble after he built three-wheeled versions of the time-travelling sports car that starred in the Back To The Future films.

    Ty DeLorean’s DMC 21 modello, which he created from a Robin Reliant, comes complete with remote controlled gullwing doors and brushed aluminium panelling.

    It even features a ‘flux capacitor’, the plutonium-powered device wacky inventor Doc Brown fitted to the iconic DeLorean sports car in the hugely successful film franchise starring Michael J Fox.

    The 40-year-old from Newquay, who says his biological father is the American automobile legend who died in 2005, even believes his creation could have saved the DeLorean company from collapse before it went bankrupt in 1982.

    però, Ty’s creation has landed him not in 1955 but in hot water with the DeLorean Motor Company’s lawyers.

    Ty DeLorean has landed himself in legal trouble after he created a three-wheeled version of the time-travelling DeLorean sports car that starred in the Back To The Future films

    Ty DeLorean has landed himself in legal trouble after he created a three-wheeled version of the time-travelling DeLorean sports car that starred in the Back To The Future films

    Ty, 40, who says his biological father is American automobile legend John DeLorean, made the DMC 21 model from a Robin Reliant. It comes complete with remote controlled gullwing doors and brushed aluminium panelling

    Ty, 40, who says his biological father is American automobile legend John DeLorean, made the DMC 21 model from a Robin Reliant. It comes complete with remote controlled gullwing doors and brushed aluminium panelling

    It even features a 'flux capacitor', the plutonium-powered device wacky inventor Doc Brown fitted to the iconic DeLorean sports car in the hugely successful film franchise starring Michael J Fox

    It even features a ‘flux capacitor’, the plutonium-powered device wacky inventor Doc Brown fitted to the iconic DeLorean sports car in the hugely successful film franchise starring Michael J Fox

    While appearing at a motor show in the UK, a legal representative handed him court papers claiming a trademark infringement on the car.

    Ty says he is fully prepared to fight a court battleand believes he can win any case brought by the Texas-based company.

    For two years Ty has been working on the project converting Reliant Robin cars using original DeLorean plans from 1981.

    The prototype carwhich proved a hit at the British Motor Show last monthhas a brushed aluminium finish, remote control gullwing doors, waterproof speakers, a full DeLorean-style interior and is powered by a 3-cylinder 850cc engine.

    Ty’s prototypes run on petrolunlike plutonium in the filmsand he is currently developing an electric-powered version.

    The DMC DeLorean was popularised by the Back to the Future films starring Christopher Lloyd as time-traveller Doc Brown and Michael J Fox as Marty McFly (nella foto insieme)

    The DMC DeLorean was popularised by the Back to the Future films starring Christopher Lloyd as time-traveller Doc Brown and Michael J Fox as Marty McFly (nella foto insieme)

    Car maker John DeLorean, who Ty claims to be his father, invented the DeLorean in the late 1970s and famously set up a manufacturing plant in Northern Ireland to produce the car

    Car maker John DeLorean, who Ty claims to be his father, invented the DeLorean in the late 1970s and famously set up a manufacturing plant in Northern Ireland to produce the car

    ‘It will do 100mph so 88 isn’t an issue, but where we’re going we don’t need four wheels,’ said Ty, paraphrasing Doc Brown actor Christopher Lloyd’s famous line from the 1985 film.

    Ty is building the cars near Newquay. His website states that they’re now available for pre-order for £20,000 ($25,000) with a percentage of sales donated to the Michael J Fox Parkinson Foundation, set up by the actor who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

    Egli ha detto: ‘This has been a two-year projectthere were four different types of hinges before we perfected the doors. We got there in the end and have a fantastic project which people love. There are currently five in different stages of production. There’s been interest from all over the world.

    ‘We believe that if this car had been released as planned in 1981 it would have potentially saved the DeLorean factory, so it needed to be built. We believe it would have sold millions then and they still will sell millions today.

    Ty is building the cars near Newquay. His website states that they're now available for pre-order for £20,000 ($25,000) with a percentage of sales donated to the Michael J Fox Parkinson Foundation, set up by the actor who suffers from Parkinson's disease

    Ty is building the cars near Newquay. His website states that they’re now available for pre-order for £20,000 ($25,000) with a percentage of sales donated to the Michael J Fox Parkinson Foundation, set up by the actor who suffers from Parkinson’s disease

    'It will do 100mph so 88 isn't an issue, but where we're going we don't need four wheels,' said Ty, paraphrasing Doc Brown actor Christopher Lloyd's famous line from the 1985 film

    ‘It will do 100mph so 88 isn’t an issue, but where we’re going we don’t need four wheels,’ said Ty, paraphrasing Doc Brown actor Christopher Lloyd’s famous line from the 1985 film

    While appearing at a motor show in the UK, a legal representative handed him court papers claiming a trademark infringement on the car

    While appearing at a motor show in the UK, a legal representative handed him court papers claiming a trademark infringement on the car

    Ty is even building one with a fitted hot tub to show at next year’s British Motor Show.

    His prototype proved a hit at this year’s show, which was held at Farnborough in August. Ty says he was invited by Mike Brewer, presenter on Discovery Channel’s Wheeler Dealers, to take part in the event.

    Things started off brilliantly but then took a wrong turn.

    Ty explained: ‘I took the car to the British Motor Show where it was a massive hit and everyone loved it. They’ve invited me back next year with three more cars.

    ‘While I was at the show I was hand-served papers by the DeLorean Motor Company from Texas stating that they were pursuing me in court for trademark infringement.

    Now Ty and his car are at the centre of a billion-dollar legal case, however he adds: ‘I have full intention of fighting and winning the trademark.

    Lui continuò: ‘Due to the success of the movies, the trademark is worth billions of dollars. There has been a lot of contested history with this trademark. Despite that I took the car out around the track with the badges on – ho pensato, “I’ll see you in court”.’

    Now Ty and his car are at the centre of a billion-dollar legal case, however he adds: 'I have full intention of fighting and winning the trademark'

    Now Ty and his car are at the centre of a billion-dollar legal case, however he adds: ‘I have full intention of fighting and winning the trademark

    Asked to explain his claim that he's DeLorean's son he said: 'I've got to be careful what I say as I have people to protect, but the basic outline is that when he was in Northern Ireland my mother briefly met him and that's where I was conceived'

    Asked to explain his claim that he’s DeLorean’s son he said: ‘I’ve got to be careful what I say as I have people to protect, but the basic outline is that when he was in Northern Ireland my mother briefly met him and that’s where I was conceived

    Ty says despite the concerns by DMC, there has been no trouble with him using the Reliant Robin as the basis for his new car

    Ty says despite the concerns by DMC, there has been no trouble with him using the Reliant Robin as the basis for his new car

    Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has written to Ty on behalf of client DMC concerning ‘trademark infringement and passing off’.

    Nella lettera, the lawyers state: ‘Whilst our client notes your claim to be the son of John DeLorean, being the son of John DeLorean does not give you the right to use our client’s UK registered trade marks without its permission, or to pass your business off as being in some way connected to or endorsed by our client’s business.

    ‘Our client cannot and will not sit by and allow any third party to infringe its intellectual property rights, and if this dispute is not resolved by the signing of undertakings as requested by the end of Friday 27 agosto 2021 we expect to receive our client’s instructions to issue proceedings, which may include seeking urgent relief from the court.

    The DeLorean Motor Company was left bankrupt in 1982 with its last vehicle dated to 1983, however several cars are still on the road today. A company website continues to sell pre-owned DeLoreans.

    Ty says he is prepared to go to court and, what’s more, believes he can win the case.

    Ha aggiunto: ‘I don’t want the scandal side of this, I want thatsomething amazing is happening in Cornwalla brand new car which was a real hit at the motor show.

    He added that people he’s employed to help build the cars have ‘scarperedbecause of the likelihood of a court case.

    Ty has long insisted he is the son of the disgraced American automobile mogul who lost his company and was hit by scandal after being charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute $24 million worth of cocaine.

    DeLorean was later acquitted but his fall from grace was spectacular. He died aged 80 nel 2005.

    After a successful career at General Motors in Detroit, DeLorean left in 1973 to form his own company, DMC.

    He chose to set up a manufacturing plant for his new DMC DeLorean car in Dunmurry, a suburb of Belfast in Northern Ireland, and received substantial financial incentives from the Northern Ireland Development Agency for the project.

    Asked to explain his claim that he’s DeLorean’s son he said: ‘I’ve got to be careful what I say as I have people to protect, but the basic outline is that when he was in Northern Ireland my mother briefly met him and that’s where I was conceived.

    ‘My mother’s decision was that no one needed to know. It’s my choice to do what I want with the nameit’s my legal name, the name on my passportso the court case will be DMC v DeLorean in court, which is an interesting one.

    Ha aggiunto: ‘I’ve been offered a DNA test by the Back To The Future crew but that’s down the line after the court case. There is nothing to do with me being his son in the case, but I aim to prove I am during that case or at a later date.

    Ty says despite the concerns by DMC, there has been no trouble with him using the Reliant Robin as the basis for his new car.

    ‘If you’re going to make a time machine out of a car you should do it with some style and the Reliant Robin was one of the best selling British cars. They’re fully MOT’d, can be taken out on the road and are able to be exported worldwide.

    ‘We’ve been environmentally conscious and have a fully electric model planned. What’s not to like?’

    Ty says he and the car have been invited to be in a movie featuring some of the actors from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and has received an order for one of the cars for a new TV show on Netflix, with a model being exported to Hollywood.

    He joked: ‘There’s no need for plutonium, this one runs on straight gasoline or petrol, but the electric versions will be rechargeable.

    ‘It’s a fantastic new projectgreat for Cornwall, great for the UK. It’s a dream come true for me to own a DeLoreannot the classic one, but the new one.

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