Automotive History: Back to the Future?

Photo (c) 2019 Frederick Ingram

Framing John DeLorean trailer:

Well I got Hulu, because I have that Jeep in Reprisal, and I ended up catching the semi-documentary #FramingJohnDeLorean.

The “framing” part has a double meaning of course, and it was neat to have Alec Baldwin getting the full #HMU (hair & makeup) treatment to become a quite convincing doppelgänger.

But I skipped the second half ~ yeah I felt DeLorean was framed, entrapped, at least a little bit, in that drug sting business. And the fallout was so destructive ~ gutting the fledgling auto industry in Northern Ireland, so direly in need of jobs coming out of the Troubles. And to be done in by the perfidy of Margaret Thatcher, who otherwise bore the mantel of Ulster’s defender, really stung.

I never really knew about DeLorean’s womanizing and treachery of his own. But the film documents his own kids saying what a loving father he was, which is a really neat accomplishment for such a high level executive.

And the namesake car is quite a legacy in itself. I even saw one on the set of Legacies on the CW when I brought the Jeep to Covington, Georgia (Dukes of Hazard country) for their ’80s episode. It’s a hard car to ignore.

They also had a vintage Nissan 280z and 300ZX, which brings me to our latest auto outlaw, Carlos Ghosn. Seems I was just reading about his role in uniting the best parts of Nissan and Renault, a globalization success story.

I’m not up to speed on the current chapter of his story ~ something about escaping house arrest in Japan and ending up in Lebanon of all places? It all just seems so incredibly weird.

Which means one day it will make a great movie. By that time there may even be a TV channel devoted to international corporate history.

Good news for business history buffs, and nondescript background actors with vintage vehicles.