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The history from the first Countach to the last counterfeit (Part 3) E-mail
Part 3

They damaged the car’s paintwork quite substantially and were in big trouble about that when the Countach was returned.  But after a bit of smooth talking and payement of a check in compensation, they left satisfied. They’d got away with it remarkably lightly.

It must have been around 1985 when, amongst the rubble at Farnworth, the daredevil forgers, Gary Thompson and Pete Jackson, gazed excited at a simple GRP bodyshell that looked very much like a Countach. They where probably alarmed about the enormity of their deed. Yet, unrepentant, they felt there was a future ahead. And a vast market amongst ordinary people who might one day be able to build and own what they always though was beyond their wildest dreams.

Painted a vivid red (maybe to signal the the danger that inevitably lay ahead), that basic bodyshell had no chassis, no suspension, no engine, no inner panels, no cockpit, no nothing except an uncanny resemblance to the world’s most sensational supercar. The instigators of this cheekiest rip-off of them all, had even given their skeleton of a car a name: Venom. However at the time it had about as much venom as a dead snail.

Yet, standing in that awful yard, one knew that the outrageous caper would capture imaginations and entice checque books from pockets just as the real Lamborghini had done. Little could one guess that the fortcoming saga would be quite so protracted, quite so ensnared in traps and disasters. Or have quite such a devastating effect on the whole kitcar industry.

To be continued.