DCS 2018 – Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Illinois – August 15-19, 2018

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DeLorean Convention & Show 2018
Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Illinois
August 15-19, 2018

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DCS 2018 – Tentative Conference Agenda Summary (as of 03/12/18)

Wednesday – 08/15/18

  • Full Day Tech Day at Baltria Auto, adjacent to PRR (Mega Center)
  • Chris Nicholson stainless steel repair and refinishing demo work
  • Wolfgang Hank (DeLorean World Tour Team) VIP Guest Tech/Mechanic
  • DeLorean On-Lift Inspections, minor work (door adjustments, etc.)
  • Optional Self-Guided Driving Tour, St. Charles, IL area (1/2 day)
  • Wolfgang & DeLorean World Tour cars – DeLorean Mods Presentation
  • Wolfgang & Restoration Preview of DeLorean Pilot 21 Presentation

Thursday – 08/16/18

  • Vendor & DCS Museum setup, St. Charles Room, Salons 3 through 6
  • Vendor Setup in morning, most vendor sales by late morning or 1pm
  • DCS Museum Setup by Noon, open to DCS Registered attendees at 1pm
  • VIP Guest Presentations (break-out rooms) hosted in the Gem Rooms
  • Break-out Rooms: BTTF VIPs, DMC VIPs, Tech Talks and S. Arrington
  • Talks and Presentations will be scheduled in rooms by mid-Summer
  • Optional Self-Guided Driving Tour, St. Charles, IL area (1/2 day)
  • Dinner in Salons 1 & 2, Cocktails 5:30-6, Dinner 6-7, Events 7-10
  • Dinner Keynote Speakers: Michael Lantieri, Bob Gale, Michael Scheffe
  • After Dinner Presentation: Steve C. OUTATIME BTTF Car Documentary
  • Alternate Options: Old Documentary Re-Launch (film re-mastered in 4K)

Friday – 08/17/18

  • Mega Center, DeLorean Cars move-in and setup for Car Show display
  • Mega Center, DeLorean move-in and setup, 9am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm
  • Vendors & DCS Museum in St. Charles Room, in Salons 3 through 6
  • Most Vendor Sales from 9am to 12pm (optional) and from 1pm to 5pm
  • VIP Guest Presentations (break-out rooms) hosted in the Gem Rooms
  • Break-out Rooms: BTTF VIPs, DMC VIPs, Tech Talks and S. Arrington
  • Talks and Presentations will be scheduled in rooms by mid-Summer
  • Optional Self-Guided Driving Tour, St. Charles, IL area (1/2 day)
  • Dinner in Salons 1 & 2, Cocktails 5:30-6, Dinner 6-7, Events 7-10
  • Dinner Keynote Speakers: Speaker 1 (and translator) & Tamir Ardon
  • After Dinner Presentation: Tamir’s Extended Trailer and Out-takes
  • Alternate Options: Tamir Documentary, Extended Trailer for DRIVEN

Saturday – 08/18/18

  • Mega Center, DeLorean Cars move-in and setup for Car Show display
  • Mega Center, DeLorean move-in and setup, Final Call 8am to 9:30am
  • Mega Center, DeLorean Car Show, open to public, 10am through 4pm
  • Vendors & DCS Museum in St. Charles Room, in Salon’s 3 through 6
  • Most Vendor Sales, all day, or 9am to 12pm, and from 1pm to 4pm
  • VIP Guest Talks (break-outs before 10AM only) hosted in Gem Rooms
  • Break-out Rooms: BTTF VIPs, DMC VIPs, Tech Talks and S. Arrington
  • Optional Self-Guided Driving Tour, St. Charles, IL area (1/2 day)
  • Dinner in Salons 1 & 2, Cocktails 5:30-6, Dinner 6-7, Events 7-10
  • Dinner Keynote Speakers: Speaker 2, Speaker 3, Wolfgang Hank DWT
  • DeLorean Car Show Awards Presentation – DCS 2018 – Judging Team
  • After Dinner Presentation: DeLorean World Tour multi-media (talk)
  • Alternate Options: Five-Decade, Ital Design employee presentation

Sunday – 08/19/18

  • No Host Breakfast/Brunch, Bourbon Street Atrium (hours 9am – 1pm)
  • Vendor tear-down by Noon, all vendors to be moved out before Noon
  • Mega Center, all DeLorean vehicles must be moved out before Noon
  • Optional Self-Guided Driving Tour, St. Charles, IL area (1/2 day)


New “First Time” DMC VIP Guest – Dan Shea

Picture Yourself: It’s the mid-70’s and you are a young man in college, looking for a part time job, when you get a call from your sister. She says she has a job opportunity where she works, for someone help setup a car display and occasionally drive the owner around. Sounds good?

Well, that’s what happened to DMC VIP Colleen Booth’s brother, Dan Shea. The car? That would be Proto 1. Yes, the one and only DeLorean Proto 1. Dan drove JZD around to many meetings on golf courses and other venues. Dan plans to join us at DCS 2018 and he has some great stories to tell.


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, RogerPenske, Sir Jackie Stewart, and Jim Hall, will be published this summer. 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.


Returning Special DCS VIP Guest – Manson Cheung (Hot Wheels Guy)

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 your Hot Wheels questions ready !!


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.


Sorry for the delays in updating information on new and returning VIP Guests, as well as activating the Event Registration for DCS 2018. Not unlike January 2016, when I had to spend extra time while caring for my Mom after she broke her leg, I find myself in a similar situation in January 2018, but on a much more serious scale. My Mom has been in the hospital for the past 10 days, and I have been spending almost all of my time at the hospital, day and night, during this time.

Without going into details, Mom’s prognosis does look better than a week ago, but we are still treating the symptoms at this point and do not know the root cause of her condition. Mom will need plenty of extra care once she is discharged, so that will continue to be my primary focus, then work, then DCS, when I can find a little free time. Things are going well with DCS 2018 and I may be handing over more DCS responsibility in the future to my oldest nephew, James Weissensel who is a Project Coordinator for Special Events Management in the Chicago area. I will continue to be the Event Director for DCS 2018, but you may see James Weissensel on some of the tasks, such has the logistics behind Event Registration.


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 the 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.


Update on the DeLorean World Tour Team Talks …

Looks like we may see an “Extended Version” of the DeLorean World Tour Presentation and have at least two members of the team attending DCS 2018 in August.

The DCS Planning Team has had ongoing discussions with Klaus to encourage Wolfgang to attend DCS 2018, since Wolfgang has assembled a 2 hour, multi-media presentation.

We look forward to finalizing details soon, to have Klaus and Wolfgang present at DCS.


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.

Mini Bio

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…


Colleen Booth | DeLoreanDirectory.comColleen Booth will be joining us again for DCS 2018! Colleen was John’s personal secretary (1974-1981) and is a wealth of fascinating information! You definitely want to see her presentation.


New BTTF VIP Guests for DCS 2018

The DCS Planning Team is pleased to announce that Michael Lantieri and his wife will be joining us at DCS 2018. As you may know, Michael was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Back to the Future II, but what most of you may not know is that his wife, Mary Anne, was Bob Gale’s Assistant during the filming of Back to the Future II and Back to the Future III. Michael will give us some insight into the BTTF Special Effects, from making DeLoreans fly and hover, to all the details about hover boards, while Mary Anne will give us some insight into working with Bob Gale, and working Behind the Scenes on both BTTF II and BTTF III.

Brief Bio on Michael Lantieri:

Michael Lantieri went to school in Los Angeles with actor-director Ron Howard, wanting to be in films from an early age, though as a director. However Michael went to work in the special effects department of Universal Studios, staying for ten years and working on the likes of ‘Buck Rogers’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ before branching out on his own. Since then he has worked on a variety of effects driven films, nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for Back to the Future II and then winning an Oscar for ‘Jurassic Park’. Michael has also picked up four other nominations and three BAFTA awards. Most recently, Michael won a Primetime Emmy in 2017 for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for Westworld. In addition to movies and TV, he worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland and has provided effects for video games.


DMC VIP Guests (Partial List of Returning VIPs, as of 1/11/18)

DMC VIP Guests – Partial List

  • Jeff Synor
    • 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
  • Chris Duvall
    • 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
  • Klaus Steiner
    • DeLorean World Tour Team
    • Talk: See and hear about DeLoreans driving around the world
    • Talk: Klaus will attempt to summarize this Epic DeLorean Trip
  • Nick Sutton
    • 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)
    • With pardon in hand, Stephen tells us the whole story
    • Talk: In Support of John DeLorean in the DeLorean Drug Trial


New for DCS 2018 – BTTF Hill Valley in LEGO

For those of you who love Back to the Future movies or love Lego or love both, 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 and BTTF memorabilia and merchandise.

Check out a few of Tim’s Hill Valley Creations in the attached photos.

Lego Hill Valley 03 | DeLoreanDirectory.com Lego Hill Valley 02 | DeLoreanDirectory.com Lego Hill Valley 01 | DeLoreanDirectory.com



Hotel Registration is now Open for DCS 2018

Hotel Registration is now open for DCS 2018 at the Mega Center at Pheasant Run Resort.

The DCS 2018 Discounted Room Rates are as follows:

  • Golf Rooms $99/night (may be renovated by Summer 2018.)
  • Tower Rooms $119/night (renovated in Winter/Spring 2017)
  • Loft Suites $189/night (recent renovation, but also less use)

Also available at reduced rates (detailed on the hotel registration website): Whirlpool Suites, Executive Suites, Family Suites and Tower Penthouse Suites.

Please note the PRR Hotel Registration website is a little “clunky” and we continue working with the PRR Tech Staff to better clarify the button functions on the custom DCS 2018 link.

The opening page of the custom DCS 2018 Registration link lists all of the available days for Discounted Rates (Monday, August 13 through Monday, August 20, 2018.), for those who will want to book “shoulder days” on either side of DCS, in addition to the DCS 2018 Event dates.

Note: All these dates do not get pre-populated (as the default) in the Registration link page.

The DCS 2018 Event Dates are Wednesday, August 15 through Sunday, August 19, 2018.

The DeLorean Car Show event itself is easy to remember, since it is on Saturday 08/18/18.

Until (or if) the Hotel Registration website link is updated for better clarity, please use the following recommendations to get through the Registration process.

When you go to register, Do NOT Close the text that says “Please Join us for the DeLorean Convention and Show”. That will clear the Event Discount Code from the registration process.

The “Complete Registration” button should be displayed as a “Start Registration” button, but it does function as a Start button, with the range of dates “highlighted” but not yet selected, and the Discount Code for DCS 2018 is pre-populated correctly. At this point, the rest of the Hotel Registration process seems to function properly and does not need any further clarification.

DCS 2018 PRR Hotel Registration link: https://reservations.travelclick.com/2932?groupID=2089017

DCS 2018 Event Registration should be available by sometime during January 2018.

DCS 2018 Dinners (with Keynote Speakers) will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

DeLorean Convention & Show 2018