I remember the magic moment when I watched; gripping the edge of the seat as my preteen crush Marty McFly stood on the gas and hit 88 mph. The Flux capacitor lit up in all its glory—sending him back in time. I was hooked.
Something about the way the DeLorean transported Michael J. Fox’s character through time stuck with me from the first time I saw the Back to the Future movies as a kid. When I was 12, I even won a poster of the actor wearing a pink shirt that I pinned to my bedroom wall, in lieu of other ’80s celebrities like Dirty Dancing’s Patrick Swayze.
In the ’90s, I remember how thrilled I was the first time I saw a DeLorean (DMC-12) parked at Universal Studios Florida, when all I wanted to do was jump inside and jam that pedal to the floor—just to see if time travel was real. They even had the Back to the Future: The Ride (sadly, now closed), which I rode two times in a row, despite the long lines.
I also started collecting as many film souvenirs as possible. Maybe one day my mint condition 1/15th scale replica DeLorean—still in the box—will be worth more than the $50 I paid for it.
Years later, I was overjoyed when I heard Nike was designing high top sneakers just like McFly wore in Back to the Future II. In 2011, the company released the limited edition Nike Air MAG sneakers, which featured an electroluminescent sole, space age materials and a rechargeable internal battery. They didn’t have self-tightening laces, but they looked exactly like the shoes worn by McFly.
To help raise money for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Nike auctioned 1,500 pairs of the sneakers. There have been recent rumors that Nike may bring back the sneakers in 2015—this time adding auto-lace technology like shown in the film. I’m so excited!
And this summer, UK-based Secret Cinema is planning to rebuild McFly’s hometown of Hill Valley, Ca., for a limited run of Back to the Future screenings from July to August. I. am. so. there.
Wait. Hill Valley is being recreated in a secret London location. Looks like I won’t be going after all. At least there are still those Nike power-lace sneakers I can look forward to….
Still, even without those awesome kicks, I still instantly become a soul singer every time I hear “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News from the movie’s soundtrack, and all I can think about is how bad I want to ride beside McFly in that DeLorean, accelerating through the night.