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Morning Mail: Great Scott! SF man explains his obsession with building a DeLorean hovercraft

Aug 13, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Why did Matthew Riese decide to build a hovercraft that looks like Marty McFly’s DeLorean from Back to the Future? Not even he is quite sure. But there he was on Friday night in McCovey Cove just outside of AT&T Park in San Francisco, putting the creation through its paces. If the Giants could indeed go back in time, I’d suggest visiting 1965 and picking up an in-his-prime Willie Mays. But this DeLorean, while cool, only has a top speed of 48. No matter — Riese got on TV, and that’s something.

Riese, a 26-year-old grad student from San Francisco, raised the $5,500 to build the hovercraft through Kickstarter; a process he almost had to abandon midway through due to lack of funds. Here’s a video explaining the process.

From Riese’s web site:

“The craft is able to hover on anything flat (asphalt, sand, water, etc), but it will be mostly driven on the San Francisco Bay. The hovercraft is registered with the DMV in California as a boat (it is not street legal). The top speed should be around 45 mph, which is pretty impressive for a vehicle with no brakes (it’s not touching the ground, remember!).

“Why did I build it? The funny thing is I’m not really sure. The only thing I know is that I think I wanted to create something epic.”

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  1. tarnationsports - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Thanks for the mention of our Chad Johnson t-shirt, Rick! We didn’t know we were clairvoyant, so this opens up a whole new business for us! We just need a crystal ball now and we’re ready to go!…:)
    http://www.tarnationsports.com

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Pretty sure that’s an epic WIN.

  3. El Bravo - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Oh yeah gator? This snake will show ya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dVRhRzE_AkQ