- "A horn blared up ahead, followed by a squeal of brakes. They [Marty and Jennifer] both looked out the windshield [of Marty's truck] as Needles' truck swerved, barely missing a Rolls-Royce that had started out of a side street."
- —From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 210)
- "Jeez! I would've hit that Rolls-Royce!"
Rolls-Royce was a manufacturer of high end luxury automobiles, one of which was the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I.
In the original timeline, on October 27, 1985, Marty McFly was racing Douglas J. Needles in his Toyota Hilux. He collided with a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I that had just pulled out of a side street and broke his hand in the crash, preventing him from ever playing the guitar again. The owner of the Rolls-Royce pressed charges against Marty for the damage to his vehicle. As a result, Marty gave up on his musical career and spent decades feeling sorry for himself.
When Marty returned from 1885, he and Jennifer Parker encountered Needles and his gang at a red traffic light near the very spot where he would crash his truck. However, Marty has already learned his lesson, that he should not lose his temper and act recklessly when someone called him "a chicken"; thus, at the last second, while Needles wasn't looking, he put the truck in reverse while Needles raced ahead when the light changed to green, and witnessed the Rolls-Royce nearly hit Needles' Ford F-150. It was at this moment that Jennifer saw the words "YOU'RE FIRED!!!" disappear from Ito T. Fujitsu's fax to Marty, a copy of which she had taken from the McFly residence in 2015. The dismal events of Marty's future were averted.