The Lamborghini Countach Has The WOW Factor!

Just in case you didn’t understand the true meaning of the title to this post, the word “Countach“, loosely translated from Italian means “WOW!

It was the first Lamborghini to be named after an expression of its’ beauty rather than after a breed of bull or a term used in bullfighting; (as is the precedant with other Lamborghini’s).

The iconic styling of the Lamborghini Countach itself is thanks to the Bertone design studio; who have been responsible for a large number of the most beautiful cars ever to grace our roads.  Other notable examples of their work include the Lamborghini Miura; the Lancia Stratos; the Lamborghini Diablo; and the Alfa Romeo GT.

Aside from the general styling of the Lamborghini Countach; one of its’ defining features was in fact the way its’ doors opened.

While it can be said that the Mercedes-Benz 300SL (or the Gullwing) was the first to have its’ doors open upwards; (like a birds’ wings; hence the name); the Lamborghini Countach was the first to have its’ doors hinged in a way so that they lifted up and tilted forwards to open.

Lamborghini Countach Nitro RC Car

Only 2,042 Lamborghini Countach’s were ever built making them as rare as they are stunning!  In fact; you are much more likely to see a replica of the Lamborghini Countach driving around than you are to see the real thing!

Even Electric RC Car manufacturers have adopted the stylings of the Lamborghini Countach as a way to make themselves stand out.

A true testament to a genuine piece of art!

I guarantee that if you see a Lamborghini Countach driving past you, it will turn your head more so than any of the modern super cars being produced!

De Tomaso Pantera – A Piece Of History

The De Tomaso Pantera; (which translated from Italian means “Panther”); was a sports car that was introduced in 1971, and ceased production in 1991.  Throughout this 20 year spell of production, only 7,260 De Tomaso Pantera’s were ever produced.

When the De Tomaso Pantera was first on the market, it used a V8, 5.8 litre engine made by Ford.  In fact, the Pantera’s designer was in fact working for the Ghia design firm that has had such a long history with Ford.

With the Pantera’s connections with the Ford Motor Company, De Tomaso were able to strike a deal that saw Ford import the Pantera for sale to the US market.  In that first year of importing, a total of 1,007 De Tomaso Pantera’s made it to the States.

By 1975, imports of the De Tomaso Pantera to the US had stopped.

De Tomaso Pantera

De Tomaso Pantera

Before importing of the De Tomaso Pantera had stopped, one of them was bought by a certain Elvis Presley; (who is said to have shot his once when it wouldn’t start for him).

There are two other stories about the De Tomaso Pantera which has ensured its’ place in the history books; (sadly though, not for the right reasons)!

The first story concerns Tim Horton; (former NHL player and co-founder of “Tim Horton’s” – Canada’s largest coffee and doughnut store chain).  It was whilst Tim was driving his De Tomaso Pantera back home after a game in Toronto that he had an accident and was killed.

The second story is also one that involves death.  Vince Neil of Motley Crue was driving his De Tomaso Pantera when he got into an accident that killed Nicholas Dingley (known as Razzle); the drummer from the band “Hanoi Rocks”; who was a passenger in Neil’s Pantera.

The De Tomaso Pantera may always be remembered for these sad stories, (or for the one of it not starting for Elvis Presley), but it should be remembered as a genuine work of art.  For 20 years, its’ style was never changed; simply because it never needed to be changed!

Since its’ arrival back in 1971, it has always been instantly recognisable; and it always leaves those in its’ presence with a longing to spend more time with one.

It is because of the De Tomaso Pantera’s styling; (and partly because of its’ history); that it has lovingly been recreated by Electric RC Car manufacturers.  Now everyone is able to own a genuine automotive icon at a fraction of the cost of the real thing!

The Iconic Chevrolet Camaro – “Mustang Eater”!

To follow on from Monday’s post about the history of the Ford Mustang, I thought I’d discuss a car that was designed to be a direct competitor for the Mustang; the Chevrolet Camaro.

Introduced three years later than the Mustang, the Camaro was created to try and gain some of the outstanding success that the Ford Motor Company had seen with the Mustang.  In fact, Chevrolet had already started the design process just one year into the reign of the Mustang; (1965).

They knew they had to enter the Mustang’s market in order to get their share of the money available in that particular market.  To stop Ford dominating!

In fact, the story behind the unveiling of the Camaro name just goes to show how; in just one year; Ford had already gained a strong stranglehold on the market.

Upon unveiling the new Chevrolet Camaro in 1966, the assorted press asked what ‘Camaro’ meant?  The Chevrolet PR man then told them that a ‘Camaro’ was “… a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs”.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

As with the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro has been through numerous re-designs.  All with the intention of keeping the car fresh.  All with the intention of making it fit in with other modern-day automobiles.

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Chevrolet Camaro SS

As with the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro has finally gone full-circle.  The latest generation of the Chevrolet Camaro borrowing greatly from the successful, iconic original design.

The Chevrolet Camaro has indeed become an automotive icon of its’ very own.  The various generations of Chevrolet Camaro design have been lovingly recreated by electric RC car manufacturers so that everyone is able to join in the pleasure of owning a piece of automitive history.

Long may the Chevrolet Camaro live!

The Ford Mustang – A Piece of Automotive History

The Ford Mustang; an idea overseen by Donald Frey; would become a piece of automotive history.  The Ford Mustang has been around since 1964, and it is always being re-invented so that the current generations youth may enjoy it as much as the previous generation was able to.

Its’ classic design was what made it stand out.  The Ford Mustang was able to become iconic.  It is a car that is still able to draw a crowd even when in the company of much more exotic and expensive cars.

In fact, the Ford Mustang is so iconic that Carroll Shelby became synonomous with the Ford Mustang, giving his name to the tuned Shelby Mustang GT-350 and GT-500 versions.  Versions of the Mustang that were as famous; if not more so than the original Ford Mustang itself.

1965 Shelby Mustang GT-350

1965 Shelby Mustang GT-350

The design of the original Ford Mustang, (as eluded to before), was what made it stand out.  In 1965, the Ford Mustang won the Tiffany Gold Medal for excellence in American design.  It became the first-ever automobile to be awarded this prestigious honor.

For those that grew up in admiration for the piece of art that was the original, it came as a shock when Ford chose to abandon the elements of the Mustang’s design that had ensured it became the first car to ever win the Tiffany Gold Medal.  From 1979 to 2004, Ford opted against the recognizable headlights and styling that made the original and second generation Ford Mustang the work of art it is.

It was only in the latest incarnation that Ford have finally reverted back to the classic styling first seen in 1964.

Ford Mustang GT-R

Ford Mustang GT-R

Still going strong today, the Ford Mustang is awaiting yet another face-lift.  In early 2009 another new model is expected to hit the showrooms, and as has been the case with the previous incarnations of the famous Mustang brand, it is expected to become a top-seller.

The Ford Mustang and the Shelby Mustang incarnations have established themselves in the automotive world to such an extent that they have even been idolized in the world of the RC car.

In case you didn’t notice, the above two images of the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT-350 and the Ford Mustang GT-R were in fact pictures of their electric RC car likenesses available from the RC Car Park.

www.RCCarPark.com

So strong is the feeling of inspiration in seeing the Ford Mustang that RC car manufacturers are allowing people the opportunity to own a genuine piece of automotive history at a fraction of the cost.

Drifting – Not Just For Real Cars – (Electric RC Car Drifting Videos)

With the electric RC car becoming increasingly popular with hobby seekers, more and more ways to enjoy using them have been thought up.

As is the case with real cars, drifting is the newest way to get the most out of your electric RC car; (newest in the sense of it being the latest form of competition, NOT that drifting is an entirely new thing).

First up, whet your appetite with this video I found the other day.  With practice and dedication, this is what can be acheived in the art of drifting you electric RC car.

That video was brought to you by the team from SG Drifters in Singapore.
Just another way for you to enjoy your electric RC car, and hopefully a way for others to start sharing in the hobby so many people find fulfillment in.
Okay, now your in the mood, check out these highlights from the Electric RC Car Drifting Competition 2008 from Kallang, Singapore.
Just as with real cars, drifting is taking the electric RC car world by storm.

The Custom-Made Electric RC Car is Here to Stay!

Through my experiences, the electric RC car is popular as a tool for enthusiasts to use simply to compete against each other.

Maybe the times are changing?

There are now businesses dealing in the world of electric RC cars that set about building custom-made electric RC cars just so that their customers can set themselves apart from fellow enthusiasts. The collectors that seek these custom-made electric RC cars collect mainly for the look; for the feel of owning a piece of automotive history (in a sense).

Whichever way people choose to collect and use their electric RC cars the idea is to have fun!

Honda S2000 Electric RC Car

Why do so many people (mostly adults) site RC Cars as a hobby of theirs?

Is it because they refuse to grow up; wanting instead to chase after the ideals that they kept during their childhood?

Not in my opinion.

I have always felt that the reason the electric RC car is a popular past-time amongst a certain group of adults is not because of our longing to regain a part of our childhood, but is instead to do with our need for speed (to coin a phrase)!

As eluded to above, times are changing and a large proportion of collectors are now collecting electric RC cars as collectors items. Yes, they still use them, but not usually in a race environment.

The electric RC car was made for people to enjoy it, whichever way they choose to!

– Check out some of the custom-made electric rc cars that are available to the public at www.RCCarPark.com

Lamborghini Countach Electric RC CarThey specialize in providing you with replicas’ of genuine pieces of automotive history in the form of a electric RC car.

At Ron White’s RC Racetrack – Enjoy Your Electric RC Car to the Fullest!

Ron White is just a regular guy with a passion; a passion for his RC car.  His passion has led to him operating an RC racetrack in his home of Yuma at Kiwanis Park, located at 855 S. Magnolia.

The RC racetrack itself covers an area of 90 feet by 160 feet and is fully lighted.

Open three days a week with competitve races scheduled every Saturday.  It is White who is in charge of scheduling these races, but racing is not a necessity to enjoy your own electric RC car.

With two nights of open practice, those people that use their RC cars solely for the enjoyment of owning a custom-made piece of automotive history are covered as well.  Just roll up and take to the track at your own pace.

The most important aspect of the RC racetrack is that people have fun using their RC cars and interacting with fellow electric RC car enthusiasts.

Check out Ron White’s Cha-Ching Racing website for more information on his RC racetrack in Yuma.

 

– original story by James Gilbert of the YumaSun