Countach

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AMVSVNick

6,895 posts

143 months

Tuesday 20th September
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I always found McD’s drive through a bit of fun biglaugh

carspath

785 posts

158 months

Tuesday 20th September
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Hi Fessia ,

Thank you for your kind explanation , and for my part a couple of smiley emojis at the end of my previous post would have been good and appropriate .

The first car magazine I ever bought was the 1971 Autocar issue with the yellow LP500 prototype on its front cover , and I devoured the technical details within it avidly . Almost exactly 30 years later , despite it being a particularly busy autumn Wednesday in 2001 , I somehow managed to make the time to leg it to the newsagents at lunchtime to find out Autocar's first driving impressions of the Murcielago .

Today , PH , LamboTalk and other specialist fora have partly taken over from print media , and carry the added advantage of allowing fortunate supercar owners like yourself to educate the rest of us . You as a longterm owner will be able to tell us things about the Countach that no motoring journalist , however experienced , will be able to - this comes from having the privilege of interacting with the car for years rather than for just a couple of hours .

This is what I look for when I come to PH - owners or knowledgeable enthusiasts giving the reader their detailed and considered impressions and experiences of motorcars . It is disappointing when so much of the PH supercar forum gets taken over by owners repeatedly talking about their trips to Tesco as some sort of badge of honour , and one line onlookers applauding almost slavishly . I appreciate that none of this applies to you and that you were just having a bit of a laugh .

When you do have the time I would love to hear about how you maintain your Countach , and how you drive around the Countach's many idiosyncrasies .

Take care , Enjoy Scandinavia , and most of all Enjoy your lovely QV in the best of health .

loudlashadjuster

4,584 posts

165 months

Wednesday 21st September
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Give it a rest, man…

Ferruccio

1,792 posts

100 months

Wednesday 21st September
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loudlashadjuster said:
Give it a rest, man…
He’s written a great book on the Countach.
He spotted something on my car that I didn’t know, and I’ve owned it since 1993……

Fessia fancier

734 posts

164 months

Wednesday 21st September
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carspath said:
Hi Fessia ,

Thank you for your kind explanation , and for my part a couple of smiley emojis at the end of my previous post would have been good and appropriate .

The first car magazine I ever bought was the 1971 Autocar issue with the yellow LP500 prototype on its front cover , and I devoured the technical details within it avidly . Almost exactly 30 years later , despite it being a particularly busy autumn Wednesday in 2001 , I somehow managed to make the time to leg it to the newsagents at lunchtime to find out Autocar's first driving impressions of the Murcielago .

Today , PH , LamboTalk and other specialist fora have partly taken over from print media , and carry the added advantage of allowing fortunate supercar owners like yourself to educate the rest of us . You as a longterm owner will be able to tell us things about the Countach that no motoring journalist , however experienced , will be able to - this comes from having the privilege of interacting with the car for years rather than for just a couple of hours .

This is what I look for when I come to PH - owners or knowledgeable enthusiasts giving the reader their detailed and considered impressions and experiences of motorcars . It is disappointing when so much of the PH supercar forum gets taken over by owners repeatedly talking about their trips to Tesco as some sort of badge of honour , and one line onlookers applauding almost slavishly . I appreciate that none of this applies to you and that you were just having a bit of a laugh .

When you do have the time I would love to hear about how you maintain your Countach , and how you drive around the Countach's many idiosyncrasies .

Take care , Enjoy Scandinavia , and most of all Enjoy your lovely QV in the best of health .
Hi Carspath,

Thanks for your post. I would agree that fora have partly taken over, or at the very least significantly supplemented the printed word. Your recollection of sprinting to pick up a magazine echoes with my own excitement at seeing an article in my youth (which, arguably I'm clinging on to strands of even now !) about a rare exotic. In my case a 308 was the dream car of my youth and only when I reflected back on this did I realise that this was because a Countach seemed other-worldly to me then. As ever, when there is more content, there is a broader range, and of course things that appeal to different people for different reasons. For my part I love the historical recollections, old photos, and perhaps others enjoy different things but I think we all share in the enthusiasm that I think all those who post on this thread have.

Although I've had quite a number of Italian cars over the years, including an Espada when I was 25 and a Jarama S a few years after that, I'm not a long term Countach owner, as I only bought the car this year, after a 12 month plus search that involved a fair bit of international travel etc, but I do plan to become a long-term owner. In terms of my opinion on the car, I guess I tend to benchmark against the Testarossa but the Countach is much more precise, more of an event (and more practical to park in narrow spaces given the thickness of the Testarossa doors with the strakes). The Countach sound is different to what I was expecting, with tones of muscle car in the mid range but the expected dramatics when fully extended. Yes it is a bit heavy but that doesn't bother me. In terms of maintenance I've done quite a lot over the years to other cars but I have less time these days.

One thing that has struck me is just how much excitement there still is among people of my generation when they see a Countach, that was something I did not anticipate but it is a nice thing to see that the car lifts the mood of some people. I also hope that if those with an interest keep posting we can continue to share the enjoyment with each other.

I certainly plan to continue posting from time to time and I have always found your posts about the experience of owning and driving your car to be excellent (as indeed is your book, which I recommended on this thread in the past and is a good purchase for any Countach enthusiast).

Kind regards
FF



lazylobster

171 posts

107 months

Friday 23rd September
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From my single cell amoeba I think @carspath owns a Countach? I could be wrong and he has also written books on the subject matter too, along with other Lambo variants. So I understand his thirst for detail.

However, public forum with many different views. to be honest if the posts were purely technical and in-depth then I would find this hard to digest. I like a mix and combination. For example, I enjoy driving my Countach, I don't necessarily think ohh it could have gone round the corner better had I applied 0.5 degree more camber each time I drive it. A car is to have fun within and to enjoy. Also it's just a car (shock horror) No reason why it can't be taken to Homebase, Tesco or other. End of the day, it's your car, do with as you see fit. You want to paint it pink with yellow spots? Knock yourself out . .

But, I do ask and have questions that pop up from time to time as an owner and it's great to get feedback and advice from other owners who may have experience, view, or knowledge that I lack.

However, for me the overriding emotion and pleasure is to use my Countach as often as possible, get the car out there, speak to people who are interested in seeing this rare beast (especially the younger generation) and enjoy the car. As one day I may not be able to.

Crashed (not literal) a Porsche event at Brands Hatch last weekend. Ticket only event but they waved me through the gate free of charge. Guess the gate chap liked Italians. Plenty of people came up to photograph and talk about the car. This for me, is the privilege of ownership.

Rob


orangeLP400

368 posts

184 months

Friday 23rd September
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Carspath does own a Countach and it's featured on the cover of his Countach book . And very fine book it is.

Ferruccio

1,792 posts

100 months

Friday 23rd September
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lazylobster said:
Crashed (not literal) a Porsche event at Brands Hatch last weekend. Ticket only event but they waved me through the gate free of charge. Guess the gate chap liked Italians. Plenty of people came up to photograph and talk about the car. This for me, is the privilege of ownership.
I turned up at a ticketed, restricted parking event in mine.
The guy at the gate let me straight in, without looking at my tickets, and said
“You can park wherever you like.”
My son was behind in a Defender and just said to the guy, “I’m with him” and his ticket wasn’t checked either.

It’s funny, because you see lots of multimillion pound cars at these events, but somehow the Countach trumps them all for some…….

AMVSVNick

6,895 posts

143 months

Friday 23rd September
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From track days at Silverstone or just the owners club at Silverstone Historic they always attract huge attention. I feel very privileged to have owned one and enjoyed the many foibles that come with ownership. FF's comparison to the Testarossa is spot on, a mate of mine had one at the same time I owned my QV.




P5BNij

12,355 posts

87 months

Saturday
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Just came across these two...




raymondqv

96 posts

81 months

Is this the first registration of 1120106 later with 3 DUU?

P5BNij

12,355 posts

87 months

raymondqv said:
Is this the first registration of 1120106 later with 3 DUU?
Yes it's #1120106 wink

rat rod

4,347 posts

46 months

P5BNij said:
raymondqv said:
Is this the first registration of 1120106 later with 3 DUU?
Yes it's #1120106 wink
Did they ever sell 3 DUU, can't remember how much they were asking now ,

From memory was it with a dealer somewhere in Gloucester.confused

thegreenhell

11,362 posts

200 months

I recently purchased a magazine which might interest the Countach aficionados here, called Modern Classics - 1980s Supercars. As well as the usual Countach versus Testarossa and 911 Turbo article, there is also a feature on a period twin turbo conversion of a 5000S, and the story of the Prova Countach replica. I found it in my local WHS, and it's also here:

https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/modern-classics-1...

rat rod

4,347 posts

46 months

thegreenhell said:
I recently purchased a magazine which might interest the Countach aficionados here, called Modern Classics - 1980s Supercars. As well as the usual Countach versus Testarossa and 911 Turbo article, there is also a feature on a period twin turbo conversion of a 5000S, and the story of the Prova Countach replica. I found it in my local WHS, and it's also here:

https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/modern-classics-1...
One for you P5BNij ,added to your vast library you must have run out of shellves by now.: go no you know you want it read


Edited by rat rod on Sunday 25th September 20:04

Fessia fancier

734 posts

164 months

AMVSV Nick,

Thanks and those are great photos. I would love to try my car on the track but I doubt it would pass the noise test at most circuits. I have not tried my Testarossa on track for the same reason (it came with a sports exhaust) but it has stepped out a couple of times in the wet/change of surface. Fortunately I caught it but I did get the impression that it could bite if it got too out of shape. I imagine a lot of effort would be required to unstick a Countach at the rear.

Martin350

3,719 posts

176 months

Fessia fancier said:
I imagine a lot of effort would be required to unstick a Countach at the rear.
Tell that to this nutter/hero! biggrincool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIOHnEFriQg

rat rod

4,347 posts

46 months

Martin350 said:
Fessia fancier said:
I imagine a lot of effort would be required to unstick a Countach at the rear.
Tell that to this nutter/hero! biggrincool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIOHnEFriQg
There's a vid somewhere on the internet that shows a pearl white 5000S spinning on either a Mike Pullen track day at Goodwood

or on a De Tomaso track day at Castle Coombe back in the early 90;s,The reg no was either 15 exy or 18 exy i think , I was there that day

so should be able to remember,

The driver on getting out said he had just taken the car out of storage that day and had forgot to check the tyre pressures, rolleyes

Wonder if the driver is on here and reading this There is some photo's of it spinning on one of the Lamborghini forums but does anyone

know where the video can be found ??


Edited by rat rod on Monday 26th September 11:58

thegreenhell

11,362 posts

200 months

rat rod said:
There's a vid somewhere on the internet that shows a pearl white 5000S spinning on either a Mike Pullen track day at Goodwood

or on a De Tomaso track day at Castle Coombe back in the early 90;s,The reg no was either 15 exy or 18 exy i think , I was there that day

so should be able to remember,

The driver on getting out said he had just taken the car out of storage that day and had forgot to check the tyre pressures, rolleyes

Wonder if the driver is on here and reading this There is some photo's of it spinning on one of the Lamborghini forums but does anyone

know where the video can be found ??
Here:



It was an excerpt from this:


rat rod

4,347 posts

46 months

thegreenhell said:
rat rod said:
There's a vid somewhere on the internet that shows a pearl white 5000S spinning on either a Mike Pullen track day at Goodwood

or on a De Tomaso track day at Castle Coombe back in the early 90;s,The reg no was either 15 exy or 18 exy i think , I was there that day

so should be able to remember,

The driver on getting out said he had just taken the car out of storage that day and had forgot to check the tyre pressures, rolleyes

Wonder if the driver is on here and reading this There is some photo's of it spinning on one of the Lamborghini forums but does anyone

know where the video can be found ??
Here:




It was an excerpt from this:

Nice one thumbup

Had that video but threw it out along with many more after having a clear out before the builders moved in,

Remember the commentator talking off a script ,didn't have a clue.