Style & Culture

Eric Killorin

Thu Dec 19 2013 16:18:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

When "The Cannonball Run" came out in 1981, I saw it a dozen times. I fell in love with the 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400S that's in the first scene. I thought it was the coolest car ever, and I didn't know any kid my age who didn't have a poster of it on his wall.

That Christmas, my parents bought me a model of the car. I have this videotape my dad made of me holding up the model saying, "Someday I'm going to have this car!"

In 2008, I found the Lamborghini's owner and invited him to a charity event I created with my brother called the Celebration Exotic Car Festival. It took a year and a half until I convinced the owner to sell the car at a number that made sense.

I immediately put the car in a 2½-year restoration by Lamborghini expert Tony Ierardi. We made it true to the movie. The 12 exhaust pipes, even the CB antennae—it's all there in exact detail. I take the car out on Sundays. Any Countach is like a rolling circus, but this one especially. The attention it gets is incredible.

I still watch "Cannonball Run" several times a year. The fact I own the car is amazing. I sometimes go into the garage and touch it, just to make sure it's real.