Celebrating 50 years of the outrageous Lamborghini Countach08 July 2021
Even now at 50 years old, there are few – if any – supercars that are bigger head-turners than Lamborghini’s eternally spectacular Countach.
Ever since the covers came off the first bright yellow prototype at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the sensational Countach was the icon of schoolboy dreams. Its wickedly angular styling plus signature scissor doors, penned by Italian design legend Marcello Gandini, trigger an instant reaction from all those who lay eyes on them.
What’s more, matching its outrageous appearance, Lamborghini’s mighty mid-mounted, four-litre V12 engine pumped out 375 bhp, enough to deliver awesome 180mph performance… even if driving the Countach at such high speeds proved something of a superhuman challenge.
Now to celebrate the extreme machine’s milestone 50th birthday, the Lamborghini Club UK is planning a special Silverstone celebration later this month at The Classic (30 July – 1 August).
As ever club members are turning out in force for The Classic with more than 100 clubs registered for dazzling infield display over the three-day summer festival.
Taking pole position among these will be at least 10 Countachs, a record turn-out that will mark the golden anniversary with a must-see track parade on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in the Saturday lunchtime break scheduled for 12:30-12:50.
“The Classic is always one of the most popular events on our calendar and this year it will be really, really special,” admitted Alan Robb, Chairman of the Lamborghini Club UK. “Over the decades, Lamborghini has created some quite extraordinary supercars and the Countach is right at the top of that list. We are now looking forward to marking its 50th in suitable style with a terrific turn-out at Silverstone.”
While the Countach’s half century will undoubtedly be a highlight, it is one of many big birthdays being saluted at The Classic which itself is celebrating its own 30th birthday party, delayed from 2020.
Other notable anniversaries include 60 years of both the E-type Jaguar and Mini Cooper, 50 years of the Triumph Stag and 40 years of the time-travelling DMC DeLorean.
All tickets for The Classic must be purchased in advance with adult general admission currently starting at £47 and the price of a three-day weekend ticket just £125.
Encouraging families to share in the entertainment, free admission is offered to accompanied children aged 10 and under, while day tickets for those aged between 11 and 15 are priced from just £6.
Ticket-buyers can also book with confidence with tickets carrying a COVID booking guarantee which means that if a change in current Government guidelines prevents spectators attending, all ticket-buyers will have the option to either transfer their ticket to the following year or receive a full refund.