View Full Version : OT: RIP John DeLorean

03-20-2005, 09:23 PM
The guy responsible for some of GMs best loved cars and the car which bore his name, gone. http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/03/20/obit.delorean/index.html

03-21-2005, 07:37 AM
I read his book "on a Clear Day You Can See General Motors" years and years ago. I have always suspected he was set up by his enemies when he got busted for smuggling the cocaine. He did not have a lot of positive things to say about GM senior executive management, despite having been a senior executive of GM himself.

Al Messer
03-21-2005, 11:59 AM
I liked his idea of using Stainless Steel body panels.

03-21-2005, 12:05 PM
I always said Rubbermaid should build car bodies. Saturn is close but not there yet. (we have one)
Minor things bounce off a Saturn, no effect. But you can't crumple it like a trashcan. Rubbermaid bodies, roller bearing air cooled diesel engines (that'd outlast most drivers)

Delorean was a good guy, I think he got entrapped too. Most the guys with too much money invest in either drugs or other perverse things. Probably out of boredom.

Deloreans were cheap, now perhaps like works of art they will increase in value.

03-21-2005, 12:22 PM
Met John after his little orderal with " the man " seemed to be pretty down to earth. Walked through the shop I was working at to look at a restoration we were doing on a classic car. His brother George is another highly skilled machinist/engine builder that I would consider a master. I think he works for World Products still as a head expert on BBC. Overall, a loss of a great thinker of our century.

03-21-2005, 04:43 PM
"The credit belongs to those people who are actually in the arena . . . who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions to a worthy cause; who at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt

03-21-2005, 06:32 PM
"Far better it is to dare mighty things than to take rank with those poor timid spirits who neither victory or defeat."
T. Roosevelt 1899
One of us has a mutated quote.

03-22-2005, 11:21 AM
Interesting sidenote,

The guy that prosecuted DeLorian, Robert Perry, is now a superior court judge in Los Angeles. He's an arrogant, jerk! (Perry, that is. I don't know DeLorian.)

Your Old Dog
03-22-2005, 11:52 AM
JimJohn, It may be you with the mutated quote but not sure http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif I can say with certainty that I have seen the other quote many times and never yours. Yours reads better and quicker, just don't know if Teddy actually said it!

If GM wanted to bring him down they only needed the media. Plant a few kernals of mis-information in the right place and watch'em blossum and take out a great thinker of our time.

03-22-2005, 01:57 PM
According to: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt

The quote is:
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

Good quote!

03-22-2005, 04:53 PM
I thought that was Evil Knievel who said that. Or maybe he was the one who said "Ohhh Sh...t!!"

03-22-2005, 05:40 PM
At the time I was one of the poor British tax payers who was stiffed by this drug dealing crook. He's right up there With Bernie Ebbers and Ken LAy as far as I'm concerned.
Good riddance.

03-22-2005, 08:18 PM
kenc, I can understand your feelings. The DeLorean could have been a great car, if DeLorean had made a few simple changes to it that he was advised to do before production ever started on them (and if he hadn't gotten "creative" with the financing, the company wouldn't have become insolvent when it did).

03-23-2005, 10:04 PM
My step brother has one of them parked in his garage. Drives it about once every two months. I didn't like the windows.
David from jax