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Offline jim501

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the car in all the racing photos is a replica. the original was used for the rides.



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(first attempt at copy/paste with iPhone - not seen any instructions yet)

bunch of the better pics uploaded here in case they disappear.



Offline mondi

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the car in all the racing photos is a replica. the original was used for the rides.


What was the replica based on???


I remember it being at a Shopping centre on display and I got in trouble from the wife and kids because I quite vocally exclaimed that it was a dirty fake.
I was whisked off before I had a chance to see what it actually was.  :rolleyes:



Offline deangpsx8

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yep..it certainly was a replica.  I also saw it at the local shopping centre.
It was a reasonable replica...possibly a mirage or prova
Not a stretched fiero replica.
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This one looks like a knock off. The front wheels look like copies and the door should be more vertical I think.

Not sure what is dumber.  Painting a Countach pink or flogging it in a tarmac rally.   :doh:

it is a knock off...if you saw it up close you would certainly tell.  The only genuine lambo part is the windscreen, and even that didnt fit properly.  Ran a 350 chev, renault gearbox, VL commodore shifter, subaru steering column and HQ front end.  Me and a few mates built it in a double garage in northern tassie.  It was entered in targa as an SJ Countach, the SJ was the two owners (Gary Shaw and Steve Johnson...although it was often thought by us that Steve named it for his own initials).  Steve always drove, Gary Brown navigated once (he was the local welder/fabricator) and Jason George also navigated (another helper).  I think Keith Wenn also navigated it.  He was a mate of Steves, and also the local high school principal.  He went on to navigate for Tony Quinn in other tarmac rallies.

The shell and partially made chassis came from a sunflower farm in south australia.  It didnt come with doors, and we actually convinced a bloke in queensland to let us take molds off his original countach that was being restored.  We tried to find the molds that went with the mock up kit, but all reports were they had been destroyed.  It was originally blue when we got the shell, then we painted it white, and it was sponsored by ABC televsion, only went to pink after a few years of Targa. 

At the time Steve, who was in charge of the build, was a teacher at TAFE.  Since DK sponsored it, and he got to know quinny and alford, both high up DK boffins, he's now the property manager for DK stores, and his wife is in charge of DK staff training.....goes to show that doors open in strange places.



Offline allanuber


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it is a knock off...if you saw it up close you would certainly tell.  The only genuine lambo part is the windscreen, and even that didnt fit properly.  Ran a 350 chev, renault gearbox, VL commodore shifter, subaru steering column and HQ front end.  Me and a few mates built it in a double garage in northern tassie.  It was entered in targa as an SJ Countach, the SJ was the two owners (Gary Shaw and Steve Johnson...although it was often thought by us that Steve named it for his own initials).  Steve always drove, Gary Brown navigated once (he was the local welder/fabricator) and Jason George also navigated (another helper).  I think Keith Wenn also navigated it.  He was a mate of Steves, and also the local high school principal.  He went on to navigate for Tony Quinn in other tarmac rallies.

The shell and partially made chassis came from a sunflower farm in south australia.  It didnt come with doors, and we actually convinced a bloke in queensland to let us take molds off his original countach that was being restored.  We tried to find the molds that went with the mock up kit, but all reports were they had been destroyed.  It was originally blue when we got the shell, then we painted it white, and it was sponsored by ABC televsion, only went to pink after a few years of Targa. 

At the time Steve, who was in charge of the build, was a teacher at TAFE.  Since DK sponsored it, and he got to know quinny and alford, both high up DK boffins, he's now the property manager for DK stores, and his wife is in charge of DK staff training.....goes to show that doors open in strange places.

Awesome history angrychap. How did it drive?
C'mon, do it!



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i have been  working on my countach yesterday and today, tidying up odds and ends left to do after the euro bar conversion.


Just want to remind the guys that a mate of mine has a full set of (accurate) moulds for a countach.
Includes
The wheel moulds
Also one car 50% complete with 351, Renault transaxle etc.
One more tube chassis ready to go
1 jig for the tube chassis.

He needs to get rid of it becuase it is taking up space and his missus is on the case.

PM me if you are interested in making an offer.
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Awesome history angrychap. How did it drive?

very loose in the back, as you'd expect, but awesome in a straight line. It was extremely uncomfortable, because the way the chassis was built (we bought it with a built tube chassis), both the driver and navigator sat on a slight angle, facing toward the centre. The steering shaft is on more of an angle (to clear the front suspension), and actually comes over the drivers left knee.  The chassis was designed to house a proper lambo gearbox, and was easily 600mm wide.  This took up too much room in the cab, and because we used a renault box the tunnel is virtually empty, but we couldnt change it without rebuilding the entire chassis.  We had to lower the drivers side floor lower than the chassis to enable Steve to get in it.  Visibility was shocking, and being scratch built for racing, it didnt have a heater, or wind down windows.  This was ok until it rained (it rains a lot in tassie) and the car used to fog up....and its a lot of windscreen to try and reach to wipe.  We tried V8 style window ducts with Ford Escort dash vents stuck in the end, but they had limited success.  We later installed a heater.

As for reliability.....To start off with it used to shear off drive shaft bolts, had a lot of overheating issues (we actually put a third radiator in to try and help), and the exhaust caused a few issues melting other things.  On its roll out debut, ABC TV was there to film it (they did a documentary on it).  Steve rolled it out, left it idling for about 30 seconds, and then a radiator hose blew.  Huge bang, cant see the car for steam, and the cameras kept rolling....wasnt a good feeling.

Couple of silly facts - the passenger side window has a perspex flap in it, so the navigator could hand the targa officials the paperwork without having to open the door.  To get into the car, you had to poke a biro into a hole on top of the door, as we couldnt figure out how to mount a door handle.  The rear wing is a single piece of stainless steel, hand beaten and molded into shape by my old man.  It was scaled off the instructions to a 1/24 model of a lambo, and mocked up in carboard on my mums kitchen table.



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very loose in the back, as you'd expect, but awesome in a straight line. It was extremely uncomfortable, because the way the chassis was built (we bought it with a built tube chassis), both the driver and navigator sat on a slight angle, facing toward the centre. The steering shaft is on more of an angle (to clear the front suspension), and actually comes over the drivers left knee.  The chassis was designed to house a proper lambo gearbox, and was easily 600mm wide.  This took up too much room in the cab, and because we used a renault box the tunnel is virtually empty, but we couldnt change it without rebuilding the entire chassis.  We had to lower the drivers side floor lower than the chassis to enable Steve to get in it.  Visibility was shocking, and being scratch built for racing, it didnt have a heater, or wind down windows.  This was ok until it rained (it rains a lot in tassie) and the car used to fog up....and its a lot of windscreen to try and reach to wipe.  We tried V8 style window ducts with Ford Escort dash vents stuck in the end, but they had limited success.  We later installed a heater.

As for reliability.....To start off with it used to shear off drive shaft bolts, had a lot of overheating issues (we actually put a third radiator in to try and help), and the exhaust caused a few issues melting other things.  On its roll out debut, ABC TV was there to film it (they did a documentary on it).  Steve rolled it out, left it idling for about 30 seconds, and then a radiator hose blew.  Huge bang, cant see the car for steam, and the cameras kept rolling....wasnt a good feeling.

Couple of silly facts - the passenger side window has a perspex flap in it, so the navigator could hand the targa officials the paperwork without having to open the door.  To get into the car, you had to poke a biro into a hole on top of the door, as we couldnt figure out how to mount a door handle.  The rear wing is a single piece of stainless steel, hand beaten and molded into shape by my old man.  It was scaled off the instructions to a 1/24 model of a lambo, and mocked up in carboard on my mums kitchen table.
It's awesome to read stuff like this!
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Offline deangpsx8

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Well, what can i say.
My mate has the moulds and a 50% complete replica which i was going to buy off him and use as a promo car.

After all the hard work required to complete the replica, I figured it would be better to buy the real thing.

I really lay my hat down to those that have built a replica.

The real thing is basically a hand built glorified kit car anyway.
But at least it's real

By the way angryman, was there a real DK lambo and a Replica? 
In this thread you will see a picture with both. The second one looks real
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