Back to the Future: Mattapoisett Fan Builds Flux Capacitor
In the words of Doc Brown from the Back to the Future trilogy, "Great Scott!"
A Mattapoisett electronics guru and 80s nostalgia buff created something quite impressive: a replica of a flux capacitor from those Michael J. Fox films. The flux capacitor, as we learn in the first film, is what makes time travel possible, a device plugged into the converted Delorean that travels to the 1955, 2015 and 1885 over the course of three films.
To clear up any confusion, this replica will not take you back or forward in time. It's just flashy and looks awesome.
Eric Beauregard loves everything the 80s had to offer in movies to music. Not only did he create this impressive masterpiece, he donated it to Play Arcade in downtown New Bedford.
He and Play owner Adam Katz met when Beauregard was checking out the place with his family. Inspired by Play's 80s and 90s theme, Beauregard said he noticed that there was something missing: a "flux."
"There’s nothing in the market and I have an 80s fascination," Beauregard said.
The megafan said he wanted to "beef up" his wall at home. He has quite the collection "Back to the Future" memorabilia, including his very own Delorean and another part of the time machine, a "proton pack," but he was missing the all-important flux capacitor. Once he mastered the lighting, it all came together.
Rather than keep his homemade movie replica, he decided to donate it to Katz to amp up the business.
Katz said: "My initial reaction was, 'Great Scott!'
"I couldn't believe he could create a real flux capacitor until he showed me the video of his. I've always felt connected to Back to the Future because in the second movie they go back in time to my 40th birthday date: 10-21-2015, so this means a lot to me."
It took Beauregard 40 hours total to complete the capacitor.
And he's not done. Plans have already begun for the next project in what has become a Delorean series: the "time circuit."
In the immortal words of awestruck Marty McFly when he sees the time machine for the first time, "Whoa. This is heavy."