Fireball whipsnaps LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH Supercar Concept Art

1979 Lamborghini Countach Concept Art in the Fireball Tim Garage

In the world of automobiles, few things evoke the same sense of awe and admiration as supercars. These high-performance machines represent the pinnacle of automotive engineering, combining breathtaking speed, cutting-edge technology, and jaw-dropping design. Among the pantheon of supercars, the 1979 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH stands out as a true unicorn car, embodying the mystique and allure that define this elite class of vehicles.

And today… the Lambo has slipped into the Garage with Fireball’s awesome NEW SKETCH! GO NOW!

The Lamborghini Countach emerged during a golden era of automotive rivalry, particularly the legendary war between Lamborghini and Ferrari. While Ferrari was renowned for its elegance and refinement, Lamborghini epitomized raw power and audacious design. The Countach was the quintessential manifestation of Lamborghini’s ethos, pushing the boundaries of speed and style like never before.

What set the Countach apart was its futuristic design language, characterized by sharp angles, dramatic lines, and a low-slung profile. Its iconic scissor doors added to its mystique, making it instantly recognizable and etching its image into the annals of automotive history. With its mid-engine layout and powerful V12 engine, the Countach delivered blistering performance that left competitors in the dust.

But the allure of the Lamborghini Countach extended beyond its performance capabilities. It became a cultural icon, immortalized in films like The Cannonball Run,” where it captured the imaginations of enthusiasts around the world. Its presence on the silver screen only heightened its mystique, cementing its status as the ultimate dream car for generations of car aficionados.

Part of what makes the Countach and other supercars so captivating is their exclusivity. These are not mere modes of transportation; they are symbols of wealth, power, and status. Owning a supercar is a statement, a declaration of one’s discerning taste and appreciation for the finer things in life.

Even today, the allure of the Lamborghini Countach remains undiminished. It continues to inspire awe and admiration, its timeless design serving as a testament to the enduring appeal of supercars. For those fortunate enough to experience its exhilarating performance and breathtaking beauty, the Countach represents the pinnacle of automotive excellence—a true unicorn car that captures the imagination and stirs the soul like no other.

What’s it like to drive the 1971 LAMBORGHINI JARAMA?

Today is a twofer – kind of…

I met John Roth for the first time at my show, Wheels and Waves. He and a couple friends rolled up in a few unique rides, Roth’s being this ‘71 Lambo Jarama. Now, it’s been a grip since I’d seen this model, most likely 25 years. And to see John scoot into the show took me back to ‘71 in a flash.

I was 6 years old and knew I loved cars. This Lambo just came out and was the company’s state-of-the-art car. Although, it didn’t really do all that well – the funky proportions and hand built uniqueness made it stand out.

As a machine shop owner, Roth has worked on a slew of cars. So when it came to getting something unique, he was all over it. 

“It’s a 4-liter V-12, about 330hp with a five-speed transmission,” Roth said as we took our first spin. “Like all the Lamborghinis of the era, independent suspension and disc brakes at each axle. It’s built on a shortened Espada platform, but oddly is a heavier car at about 3,200 lbs. My understanding was that the design intent was for the car to be aluminum bodied but it went into production in steel. By and large, it was an advanced car for the day.” 

Roth bought the car a little over two years ago from a dealer in Florida. At the time, he had been looking for an Espada and while had come close, he hadn’t been able to complete a transaction. 

“I hadn’t even considered a Jarama as there were only about 300 made,” he said. “I never expected to see one on the market.”   

 According to Roth, until quite recently, Jaramas haven’t even been considered collectible. This car had been bouncing around a bit, moving from dealer to dealer and he didn’t expect much when he flew to Florida to see it. 

“I was pleasantly surprised,” he said. “It had records since new, appeared to have not gone through an extended period of neglect when it was just a ‘used car,’ and had recent repair bills totaling a small fortune from a competent Lamborghini garage, but it’s an old Lamborghini. It still has needs. It will always have needs.” 

When people think of classic Lamborghinis, it’s usually the Miura and the Countach, but the hyper exotic cars aren’t what the founder wanted. Feruccio Lamborghini aimed to build fast, comfortable Grand Touring cars like the GT350 and 400, Espada, Islero and Jarama. These are the cars Roth enjoys. 

“I wanted a car with a large green house, plenty of room in the foot wells, good handling and ample power,” Roth said. “In my view, Lamborghini did this the best in the period.”

I was scheduled to meet up with another driver after John, but got a text saying that the “Jeep” broke down near Moonshadows. Roth graciously offered to head down to the car and see if he could help. After 45 minutes of going over the Custom Jeep (Coming Soon), Roth found the problem in a large fuse. The Jeep was dead for now, but the Jarama, Roth and I roared on up PCH.

That’s when Roth went on further with his story. 

“I don’t commute with the car generally,” he said. “I use it for touring around the South and Central California coast mostly. While I appreciate them, I don’t get too excited about static displays of perfect cars. I want cools cars to get used, to get broken and repaired. While they are at some level an artistic expression, they are clearly tools for transportation and should get used as such.”

 His best short story with it was the test drive. He took a red-eye to Fort Lauderedale, and arrived at the dealer at opening time under a light drizzle. 

The Jarama was spotless, sitting in the showroom. 

“The salesman asked me if I wanted to drive it and I declined as I didn’t want to get his car dirty,” Roth said. “He said something like, ‘Come on! It’s always raining here. Let’s go!’ So, we went.

“We hit the freeway as the drizzle turned to a torrential downpour, a good three inches of water on every street. We had near zero visibility, crashes, and general mayhem. It took 45 minutes to work our way back to the showroom. I asked if it was the scariest test drive of his career. He said no – it was the weirdest.” 

 And what does roth love about driving in Malibu? 

“The Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu make up some of the most scenic places on the world,” he said. “Great views and great driving roads literally surround us here. We are lucky to be here and driving in the hills helps me appreciate it. 

“PCH, from Santa Monica to Carmel is on everyone’s list but I can’t be pinned to a single road. While it’s only open three or four months a year, Trail Ridge Road in Colorado is a favorite as is CA190 across Death Valley. These roads are all very different, but special in their own way.”

Watching Roth work on the Jeep revealed to me that he’s successful at his business for one reason. His willingness to help. And although he couldn’t restart the car, the effort was all it took to find the answer.

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BONUS SKETCH! Vdub Concept Art, Chris Pratt & Fire HOT ROD!

Happy Weekend, folks! Hope things are AWESOME… And how about a VDUB BUS RESCUE ROD Concept Art for today’s BONUS SKETCH!! Plus, Fireball spotted a Hot Rod FIRE TRUCK just sittin’ around in Malibu, ready for action! Keep your eyes peeled for what’s around and POST IT!

Lots of cool events this year, including some fun with action star CHRIS PRATT! Boy, does he have some coolness coming, including “COWBOY NINJA VIKING!!” And finally, a SNEEK-PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES of tomorrow’s awesome SKETCH DROP! 1979 Lambo but WHAT COLOR?? Watch out for it early tomorrow morning right here in the Fireball Tim Garage!

VDUB BUS RESCUE ROD in the Fireball Tim Garage Fire Truck Hot Rod Actor Chris Pratt and Hollywood Car Designer Fireball Tim Smokey and the Bandit Coffee Mug in the Fireball Tim Garage Lamborghini Countach Fireball Sketch