Back to the Future

The time-traveling DeLorean from the second and third “Back to the Future” movies is now on display at the Velvet Collection Celebrity Car Museum in Branson.

As a child, Carl Green always loved to take toys apart and put them back together. As an adult, that interest didn’t change much.

Among his many projects is the DeLorean used in the second and third “Back to the Future” movies.

“We made it out of fiberglass because it had to be really light,” Green said. “They had to be able to make it look like it was taking off when it turned into animation.”

While they used several DeLoreans in filming, the car they used to film scenes in which the time-travelling car “took off,” is the car Green built — a car that is now on display in Branson at the Velvet Collection Celebrity Car Museum, located under Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.

“We built the car, and they added all the other stuff, like the flux capacitor,” Green said, referencing the fictional device from the film that enabled the car to travel through time.

Green also brought with him a custom-built yellow Dodge SUV endorsed by Evel Knievel.

“If it doesn’t look familiar, that’s because it doesn’t exist,” said Raine Clotfelter, the museum’s general manager.

Besides the truck, Green had with him several items of Evel Knievel memorabilia, which he was planning to sell later that day to professional skateboard-turned-actor Lathan McKay.

Clotfelter took over as manager of the museum in recent weeks, but he’s had a hand — or brush, rather — in the development of the venue already.

He’s painted several murals to serve as backdrops for the many classic movie cars on hand at the museum. It includes a 30-foot-tall “Transformers” mural, and his most recent work, a “Back to the Future” mural.

“He really did a great job with (the ‘Back to the Future’ mural),” Green said.

The new vehicles join a large, rotating collection of cars made famous from TV and film, plus other classic cars.

The museum also includes two Batmobiles, several cars from “The Fast and the Furious,” the “Men in Black” car and many more.

The museum opened in May of last year and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information call 417-239-1644.

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