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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lamborghini Countach replica?

Handmade Lamborghini Countach

Ken Imhoff fell in love with the euro-spec 1982 Lamborghini Countach LP5000S that played a staring role in the classic film Cannonball Run, so he did what any extremely talented automotive fanatic would do: He build one in his basement.

Ok, so there are probably not more than a handful of people that could pull off a full replica build of this quality in their basement, but Ken is definitely one of them, and has proven it with what you see here; the end result of more than 17 years of hard work and creative construction.

Handmade Lamborghini Countach Exterior

The car started out as a wooden buck that Ken built off of dimensions taken from the real car, over which he hand shaped aluminum using an English Wheel. Ken also designed his own space frame that he also based off of the dimensions of the real thing, and then designed an interior to match.

The end result is a dead on knockoff of a real Lamborghini Countach, and even features real Lambo taillights, parking lights, windshield and badges for a little extra authenticity.

Handmade Lamborghini Countach Detail

The engine is a Ford Cleveland Boss 351 making 514 horsepower, and a ZF 5-speed transaxle out of a Pantera handles the shifting and axle duties. Wilwood Suprelite brakes take care of the stopping, and they hide behind custom rims with handmade center sections that are wider than they are tall. The exhaust was also handmade by Ken, and modeled after the GT-40’s ‘bundle of snakes’.

It definitely wasn’t an easy process, but after removing part of his basement wall to get the car out from under his house, I bet Ken is enjoying every minute that he spends in, around, and not working on his Countach.

[KIE Engineering]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…Pinball is a dying art?

Pinball

Chicago’s Stern Pinball is the last manufacturer of pinball machines in the world.

Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, an ADD age and the move towards electronic entertainment now means that just 10,000 of the machines are produced annually, and most head towards the game rooms and basements of private homes, rather than the arcades and bowling alleys of yore.

    Though pinball has roots in the 1800s game of bagatelle, these are by no means simple machines. Each one contains a half-mile of wire and 3,500 tiny components, and takes 32 hours to build — as the company’s president, Gary Stern, likes to say, longer than a Ford Taurus.

Can pinball survive much longer?

For the sake of children and childhoods everywhere, I can only hope that the answer is yes.

[New York Times – For a Pinball Survivor, the Game Isn’t Over]

[Via: Gizmodo]