One Back to the Future fan hit 88 MPH on a California highway in his newly purchased DeLorean and, instead of being transported back in time to right the wrongs of the past and maybe learn a little too much about his parentage, received a citation for speeding. Spencer White was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol on Friday, May 29, and, while he received a ticket for hitting the iconic movie speed barrier, the patrolman was nonetheless amused by his quest.
White hit his speed goal on California’s Highway 14, a stretch of road that largely runs through the Mojave Desert. According to an article in Santa Clarita Valley’s The Signal, White decided to break the speed limit after merging onto Highway 14 and realizing he was already traveling at 85 MPH. A longtime Back to the Future fan, White opted to push the DeLorean to the famous speed.
“I thought, let’s take it up to 88 mph,” White said. “I only got three more miles to go.”
The 1985 film Back to the Future popularized the speed 88 MPH as the velocity Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) had to hit to travel into the past using a time machine retrofitted from a DeLorean. Using the Flux Capacitor device created by Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), Marty travels back to 1955 and meets his parents when they were young.
White was pulled over mere moments after hitting 88 MPH. Despite deliberately breaking the law, White’s interaction with the patrolman was genial. The patrolman asked White if he knew how fast he had been traveling. White told the patrolman, smiling, that he has been moving at exactly 88 MPH. The patrolman’s radar gun confirmed as much.
“All of us started busting up laughing,” White said.
White is a lifelong Back to the Future fan who had long sought a DeLorean of his own. He was finally able to purchase one roughly a month ago. While White’s enthusiasm for the film brought him to 88 MPH on a California highway, he will likely pay a sizable price. Memorial Day weekend is historically one of the deadliest holidays when it comes to vehicular crashes. As a result, highway patrol departments are on alert for erratic drivers and ticket accordingly.
The patrolman asked White if he was carrying a Flux Capacitor before citing him. White said he had left his at home that day – a mistake he said he won’t make again.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)