Partial List of Returning VIP Guests:
The DCS Planning Team has been waiting for a few Returning BTTF VIP Guests to confirm,
before posting a partial list, however we would be remiss to wait much longer to post that
Bob Gale has confirmed he will be returning for DCS 2018.
Within the world of DCS and Back to the Future, Bob Gale needs no introduction. Bob has
been a champion for the DeLorean Time Machine Hero Car and its restoration which was
"Captured for All Time" in the OUTATIME documentary by Steve Concotelli, as well as being
a diehard supporter of the DCS Events for over a decade.
As we have posted before, the DCS Planning Team considers Bob an honorary member of
the team, since he has helped the team tremendously in making contacts with the BTTF
Trilogy Cast and Crew, and to help direct our invitations to cast and crew for DCS Events.
For those attending DCS for the first time in 2018, Bob's mini bio says it all in a nutshell.
Bob Gale is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter-producer-director, best known as co-creator,
co-writer and co-producer of Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels. Gale was born and
raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Cinema from the
University of Southern California in 1973. He has written over 30 screenplays; his other film
credits include 1941 (1979), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), Trespass (1992)
and Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002), the latter which he directed. In addition to writing
movies and occasionally television, Gale has written comic books including Spider-Man, Batman
and the IDW Back to the Future title, thus proving to his father that he did not waste hours and
hours reading comics in his youth. He has also served as an expert witness in over 25 plagiarism
cases, even though this has occasionally required him to wear a suit and tie (oh, the horror!).
When he's not in production, writing, shooting off his mouth or wasting time on the internet,
he actually does take out the trash even when his wife doesn't ask. Well, sometimes he does...
- QAC Engineer and King POG (look like Pigs, work like Dogs)
- Author of original DeLorean Technical Information Manual
- Talk: Deconstructing the DeLorean Technical Information Manual
- QAC Parts Manager and Parts POG
- Keeper of the Troy QAC Parts Log
- Talk: The ABC's of QACs - It Always Comes Down to the Parts
- DeLorean World Tour Team (team member/driver)
- Talk: See and hear about DeLoreans driving around the world
- Talk: Klaus will attempt to summarize this Epic DeLorean Trip
- Former DMC Executive and author of The DeLorean Story
- Talk: Beyond The DeLorean Story - what didn't fit in the book
- Talk: DeLorean Employee stories from Nick and Phyllis Sutton
Stephen L. Arrington
- Sole Surviving Defendant in DeLorean Trial (Pardoned 2017)
- With Pardon in hand, Stephen tells us the whole story now
- Talk: In Support of John DeLorean in the DeLorean Drug Trial
new DMC VIP Guest - Author of stainless steel illusion, john lamm
The DCS Planning Team is very happy to announce that John Lamm will be joining us at DCS 2018. John is still finalizing his busy schedule for August (he says he is very happily busy), but John promises to make it
to DCS 2018 in time for "Author's Day" on Friday, August 17 and for the DeLorean Car Show on Saturday, for Book Signings in the Mega Center.
As most DeLorean owners, fans and enthusiasts know, John Lamm is the author of Stainless Steel Illusion, and although it is still very difficult to find a First Edition of SSI, the DeLorean Community was lucky enough
to get the Second Edition of SSI about 15 years ago (in 2003) so many of us could complete our collections of some early DMC publications.
Even with First and Second Editions of SSI available, there are quite a few stories that John was not able to include in either edition, and
DCS will be your best opportunity to hear many of these stories. We have scheduled John for at least one break-out session on Friday, and as one of our Friday Keynote Speakers after the Friday evening dinner.
Returning DMC VIP Guest - Michael Knepper - former DMC PR Executive
The DCS Planning Team is pleased to announce that Michael Knepper will be joining us at DCS 2018. Michael was a VIP Guest at DCS 2012 and he is looking forward to sharing many of his DeLorean Company stories in our smaller break-out room sessions, where DCS attendees can interact more closely with him. As many of you know, Michael became the Public Relations Director for DeLorean Motor Company in September 1980, after being interviewed personally by JZD. Michael had worked previously at Car and Driver Magazine in the 1970's.
Thanks to Matt Sommer for his ongoing efforts with Michael Knepper. Matt has been instrumental in helping contact many DMC VIP Guests over the years, on behalf of DCS, and his long term friendships with many former DMC Executives has made DCS a success for 2 decades.
New DMC VIP Guest - Wolfgang Hank - DeLorean World Tour Team
Concrete, asphalt, gravel, dirt roads and paths ... the driving frontier.
These are the Voyages of the DeLorean World Tour Team and their DeLoreans. Their 8 month mission ... to seek out people who had never seen a DeLorean in person, to traverse roads never attempted to be driven by DeLoreans and to boldly go where no DeLoreans had ever gone before.
Wolfgang Hank and Klaus Steiner will represent the DeLorean World Tour Team at DCS 2018, with several presentations, and answering all your questions. The idea was born in 2010, with short adventures in 2013, 2014, early 2015, and the longest part of their journey from September 2015 through May 2016.
Such an amazing adventure needs an extended multi-media presentation, just to give you a feel for the trip, followed by Tech Talks about the DeLoreans that were used to traverse everything from dry, dirt paths, to the Autobahn. Their trip is in the record books and it was great for the DeLorean marque.
Wolfgang will also attend the DCS Tech Session Day as our Guest Technician, for under-car inspections, some minor service work, and door adjustments at Baltria Auto Group, adjacent to the Mega Center at the Pheasant Run Resort on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Don't pass up this rare opportunity.
Returning BTTF VIP Guest - Michael Scheffe
The DCS 2018 Planning Team is pleased to announce another returning BTTF VIP Guest - Michael Scheffe
Legendary Designer of KITT, and other TV and Movie vehicles, Michael Scheffe was the Construction Coordinator for Back to the Future, as well as creator of the Flying Taxi in Back to the Future II. A few of his other well known BTTF creations include the giant speaker in Doc Brown's Lab, Doc's Brain-Wave Analyzer and the table-top model of downtown Hill Valley (please excuse the crudity of the model ... Michael did not have time to paint it).
Michael always wanted to be a Car Designer, so we will hear more at DCS 2018 about his car designing passion and how TV and movies impact production car designs and vise versa, in the past, present and in the future.
Below is a list of a few of Michael's TV and Movie accomplishments you may be familiar with:
- Construction Coordinator - Back to the Future (1985)
- Future Consultant - Back to the Future II (1989)
- Construction Coordinator - Knight Rider (TV) (1982-1986)
- Technical Consultant - Automan (TV Series) (1983-1984)
- Special Photographic Effects - Salvage 1 (TV) (1979)
- Visual Effects Art Director - Starship Troopers (1997)
- Conceptual Artist - Spiderman (2002)
- Concept Designer - Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
We hope to have additional BTTF Cast and Crew members confirm their schedules with the DCS 2018 Planning Team and we hope a few will stay to attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago on the weekend after DCS 2018.
The DCS Planning Team announces the return of a DCS VIP who is both a DMC VIP and BTTF VIP ...
Manson Cheung - Hot Wheels 3D Modeler and Designer
Manson has almost single-handedly done something that John Z. DeLorean was not able to do. Deliver low-cost DeLoreans to the masses, numbering in the tens of thousands, and inspiring countless young boys and girls (and plenty of big kids) to one day own a DeLorean automobile. The DeLorean Community and BTTF Community are grateful Manson has kept the dream alive.
DCS is very happy Manson and his wife will be joining us at DCS 2018. As with a few DCS VIP Guests, Manson had a work conflict with DCS 2016 (having to work the San Diego Comic Con), but he could not wait to attend DCS 2018, to share his DeLorean stories and Hot Wheels stories with everyone. Manson has promised some new stories and new Hot Wheels details during his presentations, and he said he is a big fan of the new DCS break-out rooms, where Q&A sessions can be less intimidating for attendees, to ask their questions to the VIP Guests. Get all your Hot Wheels questions ready !!
Returning DMC VIP Guest - George Levy, former AutoWeek Editor
We have confirmed that former Autoweek editor and automotive journalist George Levy will be attending DCS 2018. George was one of the select few who attended the DeLorean Press Junket in early 1981 at the factory.
Below is part of his automotive bio:
George Damon Levy has loved automobiles and motorsports from an early age. After college, he joined Autoweek, where he traveled the world meeting with global automotive leaders and raced in his spare time. He was named editor at age 27.
After a brief stint at a major ad agency, where he helped launch the massively successful Goodyear Eagle tires brand, George started his own advertising company and automotive consultancy. He advised clients like General Motors on consumer trends and future product strategies. At the same time he served as creative director on the BFGoodrich Tires account, where he and his partner created the “monochromatic” campaign that was so popular that tens of thousands each year bought poster-sized copies of the ads. Later George joined Doner Advertising, where he headed up the agency’s Pennzoil, Quaker State, Mazda Motorsports and AutoZone efforts.
In his spare time, George is a motorsports journalist and historian. His first book, Can-Am 50th Anniversary, featuring original interviews with more than 75 of the sport’s greatest names including Mario Andretti, Roger Penske, Sir Jackie Stewart, and Jim Hall, was published in Summer 2016. George also serves on the Board of Directors of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and does volunteer work for the internationally renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art.
An avid mountain biker, he works mostly to support his two children, his 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto, 1973 Mickey Thompson 454 Chevy Baja 1000 vintage racing truck and 1989 1LE Camaro showroom stock racecar.
George released his latest book in Summer 2016 titled Can-Am 50th Anniversary.
New for DCS 2018 - BTTF Hill Valley in LEGO
For those of you who love Back to the Future movies, love Lego (and hate manure), you will be in for a real treat at DCS 2018 ... BTTF Hill Valley in LEGO !!
The DCS Planning Team has confirmed that BTTF Fanatic and Lego Maniac, Tim Caravia will be displaying his Back to the Future Hill Valley Lego Creations.
Tim has gone far beyond the BTTF Lego box kits and his current BTTF display of Hill Valley in Lego includes over 25,000 pieces and over $10K invested so far.
We plan to have Tim display his BTTF Hill Valley creations in the BTTF Room, along with Stephen Clark's BTTF display, memorabilia and merchandise.
Check out a few of Tim's Hill Valley Creations in the photos here.
To see more of Tim's Lego Creations, use the following link: https://www.instagram.com/lego_mcfly/