Breaking the time-speed continuum may not be an easy feat, but according to several science fiction movies and TV shows, it is not entirely impossible.
Apart from TARDIS (a fictional time machine), perhaps one of the most popular ways to time travel in pop culture is through the DeLorean — the cult classic car from the 1985 sci-fi movie “Back to the Future” that is able to move through space and time once its hits the magical speed of 88 mph.
Therefore, when 55-year-old Nigel Mills took out his 34-year-old DeLorean for a spin one Sunday morning and was caught going 18 miles per hour over the speed limit in Essex, United Kingdom, it raised a very important question: what was he trying to do? Because despite his speed, the only place he traveled to was the magistrate's office.
As it appears, the father-of-two had a (somewhat) logical reason for over-speeding.
“I was being prosecuted for going 89 mph in a DeLorean, [but] wasn't something meant to happen at 88 mph?” he said. “It was at 11 a.m. on Sunday and the road was completely clear. I saw the guy with the speed gun and thought I check my speed. I can honestly say I was not trying to time travel. But low and behold, the letter turned up.”
He also claimed that he rarely drove the vehicle.
“Ironically I was done for speeding in the car that doesn't get on the road much. I only drive it three or four times a year and did just 200 miles last year,” the driver continued. “I just took it for a run around as it's a 34-year-old car so it is a little bit nippy. It doesn't have powered steering either so it is heavy to steer.”
Mills said he decided to fight the accusation after a group of travelers set up a camp in the car park of his company the same day he received his court summons.
Although luckily for him, the case was thrown out of the court after the prosecutor failed to present enough evidence. Both of the ticketing officers also failed to show up at the hearing, giving way to many conspiracy theories.
However, a representative for Essex Police said, “The officer involved in this incident is currently deployed on specialist duties on a police operation.”
Mills is a member of a DeLorean owners club and bought the two-seater at auction for nearly $30,000 in 2004. He said he purchased it because he was a car fan and he and the rest of his family enjoyed the “Back to the Future” films.
“When I’m out in it a few people recognize it, they slow down and take pictures — drivers take pictures out of their windows or try to film you and I get approached at petrol station,” he explained.