John Zachary DeLorean is one of the biggest names in the car world. He was the youngest ever vice-president of the General Motors giant in Detroit before resigning from this position due to personality and policy clashes.

Using his own personal fortune DeLorean sought financial backing to fulfil his dream of manufacturing his own cars in his own factory. His search ended in the Twinbrook Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Belfast.

This report includes footage of the exterior of the DeLorean factory, the cars being manufactured and the finished car driving on a test track.

The DeLorean DMC 12 car went on show to the general public at the Ulster Motor Show in Belfast. John DeLorean himself is present at the event and emerges from his iconic car to pose for photography.

The next step for the DeLorean DMC 12 is the American market.

If he can overcome all the obstacles in there and make the car a success he'll have further enhanced his reputation and give Northern Ireland industry a tremendous boost.

An RTÉ News report by John Deering broadcast on 16 February 1981.


John Delorean in Belfast, 1981