The DeLorean is Getting Ready for a Comeback

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Maverick car manufacturer John DeLorean died in 2005. The DeLorean Motor Company lives.

Though he would go on to face public ridicule and legal issues, DeLorean was one of the original industry disruptors—an innovator who went up against giant corporations in an effort to present something new. In DeLorean's case, it was the car that bore his name. With gull-wing doors and a stainless-steel chassis, the introduction of the DeLorean DMC-12 in 1982 was supposed to be a seismic shift in the automobile business.

Instead, production issues forced his company into bankruptcy. The car would have likely been a footnote of the 20th century if not for 1985's Back to the Future, which embedded it in popular culture. Suddenly, the DeLorean was no longer a running joke. It was as beloved and as identifiable as the Batmobile. For the past 30-odd years, collectors have traded parts and kept a small fleet of cars in circulation.

That aftermarket may soon become something more contemporary. In a recent Popular Mechanics profile, Texas-based entrepreneur Stephen Wynne claims to have set his sights on ramping up production of the vehicle. Instead of buying a used model, DeLorean enthusiasts will be able to purchase one fresh off the assembly line.

Wynne originally came to the U.S. from Liverpool in the 1980s and worked as a car mechanic. Being familiar with foreign car manufacturing gave him a leg up on DeLorean repairs, as the car parts were frequently sourced by English and French suppliers. In 1997, he decided to acquire DeLorean's entire inventory of parts, schematics, and other proprietary information.

The parts were sold to car owners. Later, Wynne began pursuing the idea of building new DeLoreans. He had enough material for 350 to 400 cars and a plan to swap out the limited number of original 130 horsepower engines (70) with a modern 300 to 400 horsepower engine. The idea was fueled in part by a Congressional act called FAST (an acronym for "Fixing America's Surface Transportation"). Passed in 2015, it allows for small runs of replicas to be produced and sold without being subject to current car safety standards.

It was an ideal situation for Wynne, with one exception. The FAST Act requires input from the Department of Transportation on specific regulatory details, and the DOT has yet to issue it.

As soon as he's legally able, Wynne plans on producing 22 cars the first year and then ramp up production. The vehicles will likely carry a price tag of around $100,000. Is it a viable business plan? Wynne thinks so. The waiting list of people expressing intent to buy a new DeLorean is in excess of 5000.

[h/t Popular Mechanics]

Reviews.org Wants to Pay You $1000 to Watch 30 Disney Movies

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Fairy tales do come true. CBR reports that Reviews.org is currently hiring five people to watch 30 Disney movies (or 30 TV show episodes) for 30 days on the new Disney+ platform. In addition to $1000 apiece, each of the chosen Disney fanatics will receive a free year-long subscription to Disney+ and some Disney-themed movie-watching swag that includes a blanket, cups, and a popcorn popper.

The films include oldies but goodies, like Fantasia, Bambi, and A Goofy Movie, as well as Star Wars Episodes 1-7 and even the highly-anticipated series The Mandalorian. Needless to say, there are plenty of options for 30 days of feel-good entertainment.

In terms of qualifications: applicants must be over the age of 18, a U.S. resident, have the ability to make a video reviewing the films, as well as a semi-strong social media presence. On the more fantastical side, they are looking for applicants who “really, really lov[e] Disney” and joke that the perfect candidate, “Must be as swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon.” You can check out the details in the video below.

Want to put yourself in the running? Be sure to submit your application by Thursday, November 7 at 11:59 p.m. at the link here. And keep an eye out for Disney+, which will be available November 12.

A Handy Map of All the Royal Residences in the UK

Frogmore House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's primary estate on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Frogmore House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's primary estate on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Somewhere along the way, you probably learned that Buckingham Palace is home to the ruler of the United Kingdom and many unflinching, fancily clad guards. And, if you watch The Crown or keep a close eye on royal family news, you might recognize the names of other estates like Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace.

But what about Gatcombe Park, Llwynywermod, or any of the other royal residences? To fill in the gaps of your knowledge, UK-based money-lending site QuickQuid created a map and corresponding illustrations of all 20 properties, and compiled the need-to-know details about each place.

quickquid map of royal family residences
QuickQuid

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip kept eight estates for themselves, and divvied up the rest among their children and grandchildren, some of whom have purchased their own properties, too. Though Buckingham Palace is still considered the official residence of the Queen, she now splits most of her time between Windsor Castle and other holiday homes like Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Sandringham House, which Prince Philip is responsible for maintaining.

quickquid illustration of royal family residences
QuickQuid

Windsor shares its grounds with two other properties: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home, Frogmore House, and the Royal Lodge, where Prince Andrew (the Queen’s second youngest child) lives.

illustration of frogmore house
QuickQuid

Southwest of Windsor is Highgrove House, Prince Charles’s official family home with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. They also own Birkhall in Scotland, Clarence House in London, Tamarisk House on the Isles of Scilly, and the aforementioned Llwynywermod in Wales. Much like the Queen herself does, Charles and Camilla basically have a different house for each region they visit.

illustration of highgrove house
QuickQuid

In 2011, the Queen gave Anmer Hall—which is on the grounds of Sandringham House—to Prince William and Kate Middleton as a wedding gift, but they’ve recently relocated to Kensington Palace so Prince George could attend school in London.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s only daughter, Anne, resides in Gatcombe Park with her daughter, Zara Tindall. Anne also owns St. James’s Palace in London, where her niece (Princess Beatrice of York) and her mother’s cousin (Princess Alexandra) sometimes live.

Lastly there's Edward, Elizabeth and Philip's youngest son, who lives with his wife in Bagshot Park, which architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner called “bad, purposeless, [and] ugly.”

illustration of bagshot park
QuickQuid

If you’re feeling particularly cramped in your tiny one-bedroom apartment (or even regular-sized house) after reading about the royal family’s overabundance of real estate, take solace in the knowledge that at least you’ll never have to follow their strict fashion rules.

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