A man was caught speeding in a DeLorean – driving at 88mph

Speed limits? Where we’re going (Chelmsford) we don’t need speed limits

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At last, we can address that age-old question: what might happen if Back to the Future was set in Essex? Answer: it’ll probably be rubbish.

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Just ask Nigel Mills, the 55-year-old man who was allegedly clocked speeding at 88mph in his DeLorean, the speed needed to drive through time in Back to the Future. Great Scott!

However, Mills says he wasn’t attempting to replicate the time machine made famous by Marty McFly/Calvin Klein (Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in the 1985 film.

According to The Guardian, after the hearing at Chelmsford magistrates, Mills said, “I wasn’t trying to time travel. It was at 11am on Sunday and the road was completely clear.” Mills reached a top speed of 89mph as he headed north on the A12. 

The case was dismissed after the officers who caught him speeding were absent. Plus, there were no reported sightings of fire trails on the road.

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And although Mills said his family enjoyed the trilogy, he didn’t reveal whether the car was fitted with a 1.21 gigawatts (1.21 GIGAWATTS?!) flux capacitor or if his DeLorean could fly. Well, you wouldn’t let out that secret, would you?