A replica Back to the Future DeLorean pulled up to the Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2014 to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Oliver and Terry Holler held a panel discussion about their adventures in the DeLorean on April 17, 2014 the first day of FanX.
The couple had been obsessed with Back to the Future even before they were together. After they got married, everyone knew about their obsession, even the pastor of their church, who suggested that they go look at a DeLorean for sale nearby. That Delorean was too expensive and not the right color, but it planted a seed.
“Dreams are nice,’ says Oliver Holler, “but reality and life get in the way.”
Oliver was diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. The couple still had no money, and Oliver prepared for the inevitable. Then a credit card approval came in the mail. They maxed out the card and bought a DeLorean.
Using a VHS tape for reference, Oliver worked to make the DeLorean as authentic as possible. They scoured junkyards for pieces and parts that would look like what was in the movie. With no budget, no insurance and medical bills rolling in, the junkyard provided an inexpensive place to find the materials.
After 3 and a half months and $511.53, the Hollers had an authentic time machine.
The DeLorean has travelled throughout the United States, and the Hollers have met all sorts of celebrities including the cast of Back to the Future. They even worked on commercials with Christopher Lloyd in Argentina.
All donations made to the couple benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research through Team Fox. To date, they have raised more than $150,000.