I always considered myself a big fan of Back to the Future series -- then I met Sal Sportiello.
This 41-year-old father of two spent four years recreating the famous DeLorean time machine. He didn't simply glue some pieces of plastic to an old car -- he meticulously studied the movies and figured out the precise parts used on the car originally featured in the movies. An impressive task considering he had to track down impossible-to-find items such as a jet turbine engine and a naval transmitter for his "flux capacitor."
I first saw Sal and his DeLorean parked outside an auto parts store on Staten Island and knew I had to do a story on his creation. As someone who has loved the film trilogy all my life, riding around the streets of Port Richmond in a prefect recreation was definitely a highlight of my reporting career.
Read the complete story here, and check out the video below.