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Contest To Win A DeLorean If The Cubs Win The World Series Is Picking Up Steam

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Aug 12, 2015 4:08PM

It sounded like something that would happen when pigs—or cars—fly. But now that the Cubs' season is picking up steam with nine wins out of ten games, a contest to win a Delorean, to be auctioned off if the Cubs win the World Series this year, is picking up too.

The Cubs, long the losing team at the butt-end of so many jokes and curse speculations, somehow has a 3.5 game lead on the National League's second wildcard spot—which sports fans tell us means they could yet make it into the World Series, should a series of unlikely events occur. It would be a back to the future moment for the team, which hasn't won the series since 1908, and hasn't even qualified for the postseason since 2008.

And coincidentally, 2015 is the year the 1989 film Back To the Future II predicted the Cubs would win it all again. With this bit of movie trivia in mind, the Volo Auto Museum in Northern Illinois is offering to give away a DeLorean, the cult-classic of sports cars.

When the contest was first announced in the spring it didn't get much attention, probably because the chances of the North Side team making it that far seemed slim as ever. But with several recent wins under their belts, fans have expressed a surge in interest, as Museum officials told the Tribune.

Now that the Cubs are 14 games over .500 and have won nine of their last 10, enthusiasm is gaining steam. Museum officials have now received about 1,500 entries with many coming in recent days.

"We don't even have to follow baseball to know the Cubs are on fire," Museum Director Brian Grams said. "We can tell by the recent surge in contest entries."

"The Cubs [are one of the] hottest team in baseball and even Sox fans that were belittling the Cubs at the beginning of the year are changing their tune," Grams said.

Even if the Cubs' curse lives on, there's still reason to visit the museum and enter the sweepstakes-style contest.

The museum will be giving away a pink hover-board that Back to the Future protagonist, actor Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly, rode in the second movie.