The Cannonball Run Countach: Supercar Legend | Full Documentary

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    In “The Cannonball Run Countach: Supercar Legend” hear the story of why this winged 1979 Countach LP400 S is among America’s most significant supercars and how it killed the most famous clandestine car race in auto history - The Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash! Kick-started by famed auto journalist Brock Yates as a rebellion against American speed limits and automotive regulations of the 1970s, the “Cannonball Run” as it became known, gave way to a Hollywood adaptation starring the black supercar. The Hollywood movie “The Cannonball Run” and the real life stories of cross country runs made their imprint on society, propelling the Lamborghini Countach on to the bedroom walls of teenagers across the nation and setting people to dream about breaking the so-called “Cannonball record.”
    In 2021 this very 1979 Lamborghini LP400 S used in “The Cannonball Run” movie became the 30th vehicle added to the National Historic Vehicle Register by the Hagerty Drivers Foundation. Its history will be documented and kept in the Library of Congress in perpetuity. For more information on this Lamborghini Countach, see its NHVR page below:
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Comments • 2 854

  • VINwiki
    VINwiki 4 months ago +1889

    It was a huge honor to sit down with the team from Hagerty and talk about this car that has inspired us all! Thank you to everyone who worked to document this car's legacy.

    • Will See
      Will See Month ago

      @Hagerty Drivers Foundation you have to

    • VS
      VS 2 months ago

      Since when are you an authority on anything car related?

    • Markus Müller
      Markus Müller 3 months ago

      Great Movies and their stories

    • James M
      James M 3 months ago

      Amazingly well done Documentary with amazing human stories about the meta information on what made all of this great.. As the Cannonball Run Countach is the iconic image of Lamborghini, you have truly become the iconic voice of Lamborghini.

    • Nick VanSickle
      Nick VanSickle 3 months ago

      “That man is a very nice man and he’s a decent driver but he is not good enough to drive that car fast.”❤️

  • Louie Does a Thing
    Louie Does a Thing 4 months ago +234

    This is going on the list as one of my favorite documentaries ever. Man, I had such a big smile on my face hearing people talk over clips from the movie. What an amazing car and how great to celebrate all of the things around it, the movie, the people involved, the real race and the legacy of Lamborghini.

    • mannie Buds
      mannie Buds 16 days ago

      This doc was great and very heartwarming . “His greatest legacy was he did lie” this made me cry because my family lies all the time. What a great person and visionary. Lamborghini 🥰

    • nirvanamadpaul m
      nirvanamadpaul m 22 days ago +4

      Think I've found this weekend's father daughter film.
      Gumball or Canon ball run........ time to pass the passion and dreams on to the next generation

    • infoslinger
      infoslinger 3 months ago +4

      100%... As someone who grew up in CFL seeing old school footage of the OG Lambo in Daytona Beach really hits home. Its crazy how much footage of this car there was!!!! Amazing! I got goosebumps multiple times watching this one! This car is somewhere around HERE and I want to see it in person!!! Seeing this car driving on roads I drive everyday is blowing my mind!

    • xdavidb91
      xdavidb91 3 months ago +10

      I totally agree. One of the rare instances i am glad that the almighty youtube algorithm decideded to push a video to me ;)

  • NGRC
    NGRC 4 months ago +140

    Beyond just the cinematography, this was a wonderfully made documentary. No longer do you have to search multiple times to get up to speed on this legendary car and race. It’s all right here. Bravo!

    • Frank Bullitt
      Frank Bullitt 4 months ago +1

      All you need to do is search for the cannon ball run intro :)

  • Chris
    Chris 4 months ago +101

    This is how it's supposed to be. It's such a shame when any vintage or collector car just gets stashed in a collection and not driven. They were made to be driven and enjoyed, not parked. Kudos for taking it out and doing what it was built to do 😎

    • Sean Fox
      Sean Fox Day ago

      @Have Bike Have Drone Will Travel or just on the streets of Dubai

    • Phoenix
      Phoenix Month ago +2

      That is why we call those jeeps with chrome rims parking lot jeeps because the closest thing they have ever seen to off-roading is a speed bump in a parking lot.

    • DP Z
      DP Z 3 months ago +1

      @Have Bike Have Drone Will Travel
      Dead hookers ?

    • The Balance of Judgement
      The Balance of Judgement 3 months ago +3

      I cry when I see some rich douche driving a super car in the city for their A to B.
      These cars are built for one thing only and that is to go fast, seeing them only run at 55 and knowing that they are never likely to ever be driven even close to their top speed, just feels criminal to me!
      Imagine being a race horse and only being permitted to pull a small buggy for children... a fate worst than death T_T

    • Joe Leonard
      Joe Leonard 3 months ago +3

      ​ @VinCode17 You laugh but this is nearly a universal truth among wealthy collectors. Although most will have replicas built as the cars are too rare and expensive to race and finding a "beater" is a simple impossibility. Most of the vintage races are done in exact replicas that owners of the real thing race & commision.

  • shmac96
    shmac96 4 months ago +36

    This was a wonderful documentary! This brought back the very same emotions and reactions I felt as a kid when I first stumbled upon Cannonball. Few things today make me feel like I did when I was a kid. This car and this documentary did that and brought back that magic and awe I felt 30 years ago when I first saw the movie. Thank you!

  • MetalJesusRocks
    MetalJesusRocks 4 months ago +470

    I LOVED this!! The movie and the car blew my little 10 year old mind when released back in 1981...and made me a Lamborghini lover for life. Great job on the documentary.

    • Stratos53100
      Stratos53100 Month ago

      @twas brillig Same, Is one of my favorites of all time, So much more than just a Legend and a Movie.

    • Markus Müller
      Markus Müller 3 months ago

      Great Movies and their stories

    • Tsrif Tsal
      Tsrif Tsal 3 months ago

      @Sean ONeill good presentation

    • SuperN0va
      SuperN0va 3 months ago

      I was 6 then, and I feel the same. I've loved the Cannonball Run movies, and most fast car movies ever since. Ok, well I don't like Fast and Furious past the 2nd one, so there's that.

    • Mike Williams
      Mike Williams 3 months ago

      Agreed. I fell in love with the Countach because of this movie.

    MEMRY - MAN 4 months ago +35

    As an 80's kid this car represents so much I wouldn't even try to explain it to someone that didn't already know, but I'm glad you did! Great job!

    • Shawn Pugh
      Shawn Pugh 2 months ago

      Nothing looks that looks sweet shorts for nothing Sam, it's your choice to nothing

  • Steve Tackett
    Steve Tackett 4 months ago +78

    Saw Cannonball Run 3 times, this video explained to me why I did. I was around 12-13 years old. There are a lot of good folks in this video. The widow of the founder of the race is as wise a person as I’ve ever heard speak. Mr. Ippoliti has such a profound way of explaining things that really connect with people as well as he seems to have a good heart. The two old buddies talking about the good old days made me feel good. Started watching this video because I saw The Car, but couldn’t turn it off because it’s so perfectly put together, the video I mean, too. And the guy that held the record with his friends for a bit seems like an outstanding human being, too. Mr. Rice is a man whom I could listen to for hours, the stories he must have! Thank you for this, it took me back, made me appreciate things more…

    • Rod Munch
      Rod Munch Month ago +1

      Oh yes, Cannonball Run III, ie SpeedZone, staring Bo Duke. Not a very good movie, I can see why you only viewed it three times.

    • Andy Roid
      Andy Roid 2 months ago

      Great comment. Heck, I never knew how Hawaiian Tropic started & how their founder became such an important part of getting that Countach into the Cannonball Run movie.
      *You just KNOW that old guy has SO many awesome stories about his many, many adventures in that car!*

    • carls apartments
      carls apartments 3 months ago

      I was around 20 then I think I have seen it 50-100 times lost count, used to watch it almost every weekend. still have the VHS, still love it.

    • Tim
      Tim 3 months ago

      Thanks for you comment. How old are you if you don't mind me asking?

    • Tony Allen
      Tony Allen 3 months ago +1

      Mr. Ippoliti does indeed have a good heart. Great guy.

  • Wally West
    Wally West 3 months ago +17

    I didn't expect to be crying over a car documentary, even one that I have loved for basically my whole life. But the story at the end from the current owner got me. Both the tragedy that inspired him to create an event that has raised millions for sick kids, and his dedication to the legacy of the Cannonball Countach to have it fully restored in such amazing detail. This was an amazing video, I loved every minute of it.
    Also really great that both the second and third owners got it out and drove it. I don't care how much money it's worth or what great condition it's in, cars are made to be driven and I think it's a shame when they sit around and just get looked at. The most infuriating story I ever heard about a Countach was some crazy rich guy who built a fancy new house, and had a Countach hung on the wall like a painting. They drained all the fluids, and mounted the car on a wall sideways. I was disgusted.

  • Marcelo
    Marcelo 6 days ago +1

    I haven't seen a documentary like this in a long, long time... I remember growing in the 80s and watching the movie... I even had a black lamborghini countach poster in my room wall! A masterpiece, thanks for sharing this to the world!

  • Chesspiece
    Chesspiece 4 months ago +469

    Something never mentioned or fully appreciated is how lucky the car community is that Enzo Ferrari was a difficult business man. Without him having that type of personality Lamborghini wouldn't exist, the Ford GT40 program, and because Enzo pissed off Lamborghini enough to go into production for himself Pagani had a firm to start with. We owe an awful lot to Enzo being so difficult.

    • Sean Fox
      Sean Fox Day ago

      @friktion rc yeah but you can't blame him, wen you buy something you want everything its like a tin of soup with out the tin. And unless its a totally different company with a different name you would assume if you bought Ferrari your buying Ferrari lock stock an barrels

    • Nonarei
      Nonarei 3 months ago

      @WMS I_T_K Sorry, I wasn't clear, when I said Lamborghini I meant the company and not Ferruccio.

    • WMS I_T_K
      WMS I_T_K 3 months ago

      @Nonarei Lamborghini wasn't the owner at that time.

    • Nonarei
      Nonarei 3 months ago

      We're lucky that Lamborghini stiffed and insulted Pagani too, they refused to let him sign the 25th Anniversary Countach in the same company tradition for the designers of special models. Allegedly because he wasn't Italian, the truth of that is probably never going to come out but he never signed the car even after all he did like buying his own Autoclave to make composite parts. After that he went off and did his own thing, everyone got to see another amazing Exotic car brand grow in Italy out of that.

    • WMS I_T_K
      WMS I_T_K 4 months ago +1

      @CO OCD Henry ford II was the most famous and powerful CEO of America. he spent 10 times the money that he offered to buy Ferrari just to beat Ferrari. Ferrari at that time was a small artisanal company. don't forget the arrogance of Herny Ford II saying "I spend billions on advertising for my cars and this mechanic ends up in newspapers all over the world for free".
      Ferrari rejected a clause in the contract which was that Ford would control the budget (and therefore the decisions) for his racing team. after Fiat came in and agred to leave to Ferrari the control of the decisions of the racing team. Ferrari got what he wanted with FIAT, and FIAT got a company that after became the World's Strongest Brand. who is the loser in the long run?

  • Jon S
    Jon S 4 months ago +1

    38:10 Nailed it. In 1981 I had an engine swapped home done project car that could out-perform a Lambo in the 1/4 mile, but to this day I have STILL never seen a Lambo IRL....

  • Shane V
    Shane V 4 months ago +4

    This is INCREDIBLE! Ed, if this isn't a podcast you should also release the audio. This should be a mandatory watch for any self respecting classic car enthusiast. Will watch again.

  • sonicstep
    sonicstep 25 days ago

    Well, well, well. This presentation surpassed my expectations. My bladder was complaining half way through. But I couldn't stop watching. This has everything. Simply amazing and certainly one for the archive.

  • Rek RC
    Rek RC 2 months ago +2

    What a great documentary. Really I place this up there with the king of Kong , endless summer, super-size me, and some of the all time great documentaries in terms of enjoyment, nostalgic value, information, history, and just general entertainment and watchability. Nice job.

  • Simon Fisher
    Simon Fisher Month ago +2

    You'll never beat the first 4 minutes of the movie as an advert for any car. The countach was so far ahead of it's time, you only have to look at what's followed since to know that. I'm so glad this car is still alive! Brilliant documentary, thank you for keeping my childhood alive!

  • AlphaMorion
    AlphaMorion 4 months ago +1

    Very well produced documentary.
    Somehow, I missed out on the whole mythos coming from Cannonball, both the event and the movie: this documentary is in fact my first exposure to it.
    By the end it still managed to make me feel invested because, probably as many other people, even at a deep almost subconcious level, I've heard of the Countach and held it on the pedestal of somewhat of an icon, even without having the tiniest idea as to why.
    Goes to really show the impact that car, and Cannonball, made and how far the ripples managed to reach.

  • AngryAce
    AngryAce Month ago +1

    I never knew the Cannonball was an actual race. I loved the movie, and it makes it even more hilarious that an ambulance was really used and that scene with the officers and doctor actually happened.. 😅

  • Leo Hernandez
    Leo Hernandez 4 days ago

    I never thought I would watch an 80 minute documentary about a car from a movie I've never seen but here we are. This was extremely well made!

  • FreshlySnipes
    FreshlySnipes 4 months ago +163

    As a former valet @ the Portofino Hotel, it’s awesome to see this video. I’m happy to say that while I was working there I was the first person to greet many C2C & Cannonball Run finishers, including Charlie & the record holding EV (Tesla model 3). I’ll make the run someday.

    • Seneca’s Adoptive Son
      Seneca’s Adoptive Son 16 days ago

      @FreshlySnipes seriously, you must have some really great memories you must cherish so much. I wish I could have an evening talking to you. It would be such a pleasure and a privilege. Nice comeback btw…

    • Jeff Wischhof
      Jeff Wischhof Month ago

      No u won't.

    • Robert Prest
      Robert Prest 2 months ago +1

      Very cool

    • NekoWinters
      NekoWinters 3 months ago +3

      If you ever make it let me know if you want to have a furry auto club run with you to spot and sweep and you can come shoot guns in an radioactive resource crator if you ever run through again :P personally I married my other half when they survived a run with me, a bigger test of a relationship than monopoly or moving in together

    • Starting Tech
      Starting Tech 3 months ago +3

      @FreshlySnipes take action.

  • Swagat Patasahani
    Swagat Patasahani Month ago +1

    This documentary is so beautifully scripted, penned down, and explained that it brought tears to my eyes. One of the best documentary on Cannonball and Lamborghini. It was sublime to see this. Thank you to the team.

  • Phillip Keddie
    Phillip Keddie 3 months ago +1

    Thank you so much to the makers of this doc... I remember seeing TCR in the theater as a kid, but had no idea there was so much story to be told about the car, the film, the people behind it all. Great doc and probably the best footage we'll ever get of the Countach in action!!!

  • william metcalf
    william metcalf 4 months ago +1

    I just watched your Cannonball Countach documentary and I have to say,.. BRAVO!!! ... great job everyone involved with it. This was perfection in every way. Thank you.

  • Weather Warrior Media
    Weather Warrior Media 4 months ago +1

    Simply put…this will likely always be the most (in)valuable Lamborghini Contach in existence. Perhaps the few times a production vehicle is more significant than the original prototype.

  • komradkolonel
    komradkolonel 4 months ago +172

    The Countach was a car where fantasy became reality. It's probably the most iconic car of all time even more than 30 years after it finished production. I saw my first one in 1985 when I was 15 and it was like meeting the Pope for me. I've seen three of them and even today at 52 it still gives me the same thrill as it did that many years ago. That's staying power. It and Adrienne Barbeau are the reasons why Cannonball Run is one of my favorite movies.

    • J F
      J F 4 months ago

      @David Duarte How very sad! They sound amazing. I was fortunate enough to pace one in Miramar, CA back in the late 80s while riding my bicycle from the beach. It drove by, got stuck in traffic, I passed it, then it passed me, and so on. It was white. What a cool car. Still, if I won the lottery I'd buy a Miura. Far more beautiful to me than the sharp lines of the Countach.

    • David Duarte
      David Duarte 4 months ago +1

      I'm 47, the Countach is my favorite car of all time, and I still haven't seen one in person, not even a freakin replica :-(

    • OugaBoogaShockwave
      OugaBoogaShockwave 4 months ago

      @Rotwang2013 But if you bought them 10-15yrs earlier then what ?
      still profit just not as much

    • Rotwang2013
      Rotwang2013 4 months ago

      The biggest fantasy to Reality with Lamborghini, is the fact that if one invested in the “Coin” in 2008, one could have a Fleet Of then today. That’s off the Blockchain...

    • Marcus Linton
      Marcus Linton 4 months ago +1

      Saw my first Lambo in person at an Alpine Audio store when I was 19. We just don't have those vehicles around here often. Next sighting was around 35, one of the CEO's of a big company around here had two of them. I can assure you, seeing them was exciting and nothing miserable like meeting a pope in charge of a pedo priest cult.

  • beat glauser
    beat glauser 4 months ago +2

    When I a young guy fourty years ago a friend asked for my dad's dealers licence to drive about 40 miles in a Countach with an even bigger rear wing than stock. Lord I was so excited. Little did I know that the eperience with the vehicle was the contrary of fun. So many bad things happened. The first thing was that the battery of the car had died. I had to pushstart the car. The first push ended in a disaster: You had to push like crazy with those giant P7 tires. I slipped on a drop of oil and hit my right upper arm on the sharp edge of the wing. It took many months fo my arm to be somewhat painfree. But with enormous effort and an arm in big pain we succeeded to start the car.
    The carburetor setup was terrible: When you pushed the gaspedal fullpower the car would only bubble and nearly suffocate. Only when you lifted the pedal up a bit the car would jump and show its extreme acceleration. When it was finally time to change from the passenger seat to the driver seat I got very disapointed one more time: I have very short legs and I could not even adjust the seat in a way that I could reach any pedals. So I did not even get the chance to drive it myself! Since that moment I love the Countach much less. To me the Miura is the most beautiful and stunning Lambo of all.

  • sixstringedthing
    sixstringedthing 4 months ago +2

    Instant Grat Timestamp: 47:09
    Born in '79 and yep, my first supercar poster was a silver LP400 S. Great to learn a lot about three legends; the car, the race, and the man. Fantastic doco!

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    As an 80's kid this car represents so much I wouldn't even try to explain it to someone that didn't already know, but I'm glad you did! Great job!

  • 2 Channel Listening
    2 Channel Listening 4 months ago +1

    As a child of the 80's, watching Cannonball over and over, that movie planted a seed which I carry in my core. This documentary made laugh, smile and cry - the weight of legends permeate each minute. Truly a story that is hard to believe, birthed in a time of discord - oh how history is repeating itself yet again. Unfortunately, this time around, I do not see a Countach LP400S type symbol lifting our spirits and giving the next generation a reason to celebrate car culture and freedom. I pray I am wrong. Job well done Hagerty, this is the best material you have yet produced. I'm surprised Jason Cammisa didn't have a cameo...did I miss it...😊

  • Trevor Garrett
    Trevor Garrett 3 months ago

    The opening scene with good 7.2 surround and 70” HD is awesome!
    I was about 5yrs old when this came out, and it’s a big upgrade from the VHS I remembered.
    This is a cool movie, but some of the best scenes are from the real 1979 running.

  • Matt Smart
    Matt Smart 4 months ago +1

    Wow, what a brilliant find on TheXvid. Thanks to all for making that film and showing it to the world. What a beautiful example of the Countach, stunning.

  • Just Driven
    Just Driven 3 months ago +1

    What an incredible documentary! So well done! Loved it, thank you!!

  • MrAnimal1971
    MrAnimal1971 3 months ago +5

    Amazing story and to know that it's true is just awesome. Seeing that movie as a teen in 1980 blew my mind.
    I wonder if the people who hand built that car ever knew their contribution to history.

    TJ TRENT 4 months ago +125

    Fantastic production, beautifully edited, amazing videography, an enthusiast dream documentary made in such a way anyone can appreciate. I’m a 35 year old Professor of Diesel Technology at a large University on the West Coast and still a proud, greasy, mechanic, and car lover to this day. I learned things I had no idea about. That was an absolute joy to watch and immerse myself in. I honestly felt a connection to the guys and gals featured in it, as if I was there myself. Thank you for such good work. I can imagine the amount of research and time it took to get it just right. Best wishes, good vibes, and hopes for multi millions of views. All you who made this possible deserve an award and big payout! Be safe, take care all.

    • deldridg
      deldridg 4 months ago +4

      @TJ TRENT Oh dear - I am so sorry to hear of your current challenges. Much love to you my friend from way down here in Sydney. I have limited means with which to imagine what you must be going through right now and pray that you will see light at the end of this difficult time very soon. I too have young children and know how precious they are and how they can lift you in your darkest times. What a gift they are. I wish you and your family all the very best through this period of your life and hope you can find a way to keep up that positive spirit that is evident in your words. Warm regards - David

    • TJ TRENT
      TJ TRENT 4 months ago +2

      @deldridg Thank you! That means a lot, brother. I’m actually fighting with two different forms of congestive heart failure right this moment on top of trying to take care of my family, teach, further my education, so those words mean more than you can imagine. I don’t mention it much for multiple reasons but that made my night. I don’t sleep much lately so I work a lot while my wife and little girls sleep to make sure my students get the best I can give. Best wishes to you and your loved ones! Keep the light bright and keep being you my friend!

    • deldridg
      deldridg 4 months ago +5

      Love your enthusiasm and obvious energy. I am older (53) and the son of a mechanic and a dyed-in-the-wool car man and can only imagine how wonderful it must be to enjoy your lectures. Growing up I had a maths teacher who was also a passionate pilot. He was easily distracted and would talk for hours about his flying exploits. Later he become an entrepreneur and now owns a number of planes, including a Pitts Special, various WWII warbirds and even a couple of jet fighters. His passion rubbed off and I went and became a private pilot. I've even flown some aerobatics in one of his ex air force trainers! You never know the influence you have an how it could manifest in your students' lives! Cheers from Australia - Dave

    • Kyle Reese
      Kyle Reese 4 months ago +3

      Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel was a German inventor and mechanical engineer who is famous for having invented the Diesel engine.
      Diesel was interested in using coal dust[20] or vegetable oil as fuel, and in fact, his engine was run on peanut oil. Although these fuels were not immediately popular, during 2008 rises in fuel prices, coupled with concerns about oil reserves, have led to the more widespread use of vegetable oil and biodiesel.

  • Wade French
    Wade French 3 months ago

    The Countach was one of my first posters. Still an insane looking car. Love the story around it.

  • ajs510
    ajs510 4 months ago +2

    Thank you to everyone who produced and participated in this wonderful documentary. Highly enjoyable from start to finish, I loved every second. Absolutely wonderful.

  • Scaler
    Scaler 4 months ago +3

    Even in this documentary, I got an adrenaline rush watching the clips of the entro to Cannonball Run. Growing up in the 70's and 80's, this was one of my favorite movies. I also wore out a video tape just watching those first 4 minutes of the movie.
    This was an awesome documentary. I've been telling my wife that the Cannonball was real, but she never believed me. Finally! Proof!

  • DejaWiz
    DejaWiz 4 months ago +2

    Having had a Countach poster on my wall as a kid throughout most of the 80s and early 90s, watching this made me feel so young and carefree again...I feel like I need to shop for a new poster and hang it up right over my fireplace! Great job, HDF: this documentary is absolutely outstanding!

  • AfroMyrdal
    AfroMyrdal 4 months ago +89

    Just, wow. This was spectacular guys! Thanks to everyone involved for making such a fantastic piece of art come to life like this.

    • Pop Laurentiu
      Pop Laurentiu 4 months ago +4

      Well.. my first movie where i saw a Countach in action was 'Joshua Three' with Dolph -Lundgren and in that movie the action turn into best speed run i saw at the time, when a cop in a black Countach was chasing Dolph driving a red Ferrari F40 and that really got into me for the first time the noises, high speed on twisty mountain roads was very impressive, so then i see this clip an i had to watch the Cannonball Run but since the Countach was used less, to me the Joshua Three is still a better movie to experience old supercar chasing scene excepting the first movie Gone in 60 seconds or the Bullit & Le-Mans with McQueen ..

  • Thomas Williams
    Thomas Williams 3 months ago +3

    I really enjoyed this piece. It brought back memories of VHS tapes and the poster just about every car crazy kid had on the wall, myself included. In my opinion, the Countach is the true definition of what a “supercar” really is, totally unnecessary, unusable for everyday use, and rare. If you lived in certain parts of the country, odds are you would never ever see one in the wild. Now, Lamborghinis are as common as F-150s. That may be a stretch, but you know what I mean. The low volume of the car kept it a shroud of mystery. I’m happy that it still gets to stretch its legs but am saddened that having a car that has to really be driven is becoming a thing of the past. Cars are fast becoming machines that drive us versus machines that we drive. As soon as the technology for self-driving cars becomes solid, I can imagine a future in which self driving will become illegal and hopefully I’m dead and gone. Forgive the rant, this was supposed to be about the movie and this documentary.
    I’ve never seen a Rolls do 140. What's it got in it?” “Its stock”

  • Recoil Rob
    Recoil Rob 4 months ago +1

    I grew up reading much of Brock Yates writing....have to say he influenced my development and I owe him a huge debt. Not that I'm successful....but I've lived a lot like honest, drive fast and don't be afraid to give the finger to 'authority' when it's needed. And man...that can be SO much fun. Thank you Brock...and thanks for this masterful film. Just beautiful.

  • Crystals
    Crystals 4 months ago +2

    Not only do I love this documentary, I love knowing this special car is in great hands.

  • Stu047
    Stu047 Month ago +1

    I would double-like this video if I could! :-D
    I saw the Cannonball Run movie for the first time back in the day when I was about 5 years old. As apparently it did for many others, that movie served as the flash-point of my awareness that a Lamborghini Countach was even a thing (unbelievable that such a shape was a decade old by that point!). It was (IS!) sooo cool, it was revelatory and it turned me into a Lamborghini fan and I continue to follow with enthusiasm what that company are up to and what they'll dream up next.
    I adore supercars; every time I see one my inner 5 year old just loses his shit and despite the fact that I can reel off countless favourites, my dream garage as it were, it's Lamborghinis that would dominate it; they're the ones who've staked a claim to the hero worship.
    It's so awesome that the "Cannonball Countach" has survived all these years and it does the fanboy in me good to learn that she was given a proper ground-up restoration.
    50:51 - ...and I used to own that poster.

  • wickedcobra
    wickedcobra 4 months ago +43

    I sent this to my family and tried to explain that this is the car that changed my life and made me a car guy. Not a car like this, but this tiny wedge captured the imagination of a 6 year old in 1981 and never let go. Fantastic film, huge thank you to all involved in this. I love it as much today as I did way back when I saw it for the first time

  • maikerumine
    maikerumine 3 months ago +1

    I got goose bumps.... this was a very well-made documentary. Perfect in all ways.

  • John Abbott
    John Abbott 4 months ago +2

    Its uncanny that after all of these years, my heart still starts racing a little bit faster watching that opening montage for Cannonball Run.

  • MickeyD100
    MickeyD100 4 months ago +1

    This was absolutely PHENOMENAL filmmaking. Well done to all involved. It was incredible.

  • rogwarrior
    rogwarrior 3 months ago

    I fell in love wit this automobile and it is still my dream car all these years. The Countach is a sexy beast and the sound is just thrilling. Perhaps someday after winning the still makes my heart race. Well done Lamborghini, well done.

  • FogottenSuitcase
    FogottenSuitcase 2 months ago +1

    The look and the sound of that Countach on the opening scene of Cannonball Run was for me as a kid at the time, absolutely amazing! and still is to this day.

  • Thor Erik Sivertsen
    Thor Erik Sivertsen 3 months ago +1

    I grew up watching the Cannonball Run movie over and over again. My dad had it on VHS and we still have it today. For me that is one of the best movies ever made and it is the reason I am a car guy today!

  • Ian Jones
    Ian Jones 3 months ago

    Wow! That was so good! So well put together. The nostalgia! Even my sons will love this documentary.

  • Tanner Needs Tacos
    Tanner Needs Tacos 4 months ago +1

    Incredible - Great job hagerty and everyone invloved. Top notch production and story telling..

  • LongbowX - Failrace Staff
    LongbowX - Failrace Staff 4 months ago +47

    I'm so glad that you're bringing all these stories that I read about throughout my adolescence to a new audience. Hopefully more people will know of Brock Yates and that time period - not to mention writing about something clearly illegal! Truly a different time...

    • LongbowX - Failrace Staff
      LongbowX - Failrace Staff 4 months ago +1

      @Mikey T Believe me, we so want to. It's just really hard to film when everyone goes different ways x)

    • Mikey T
      Mikey T 4 months ago

      Failrace Cannonball challenge? Tell Alex to make it happen!

    • Richard Price
      Richard Price 4 months ago +1

      writing ✍about the racing isn't illegal but being the ringleader @ 150mph~ in a 40 is ect. , and im not so sure being so public about doing the race makes it easier to run so he probably had other ideas for motivations and not really winning it aka something else

  • Omar
    Omar 4 months ago

    Thank you for putting this together. Love the history and people behind the collective story. What a great community of gearheads.

  • Brian Ashe
    Brian Ashe 4 months ago +3

    I've been going to Celebration Exotics for over 10 years. Never knew the story behind the show. Great work on this, Hagerty and all involved.
    Also, as a kid I had the 'Edge of Fantasy' that's shown in the video, and I re-bought it on eBay around 10 years ago.

  • Matthew Cragg
    Matthew Cragg 4 months ago +1

    I had exactly the same reaction to the introduction of the movie as the people here in this documentary who are describing theirs. I couldn't watch and re-watch the opening scene with the Countach enough. Then Miami Vice came out with white Countachs in a couple episodes. It all sparked a lifelong love with exotic cars. Regardless of how much better today's Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens, etc. are…the Countach will always be the King of all Exotics. It changed the world and put exotics on the map.

  • Chris Clarke
    Chris Clarke 3 months ago

    I remember it like it was yesterday, being a 13 year old kid, sitting in the theater and watching the scene where the Countach pulls away from the Firebird . . . that was literally the day I became a 'car guy'. 40+ years and 54 cars owned later . . . still a car guy. Cannonball is a great part of automotive history!

  • HM999
    HM999 4 months ago +35

    As a 10 year old boy in 1981, I remember watching the Cannonball Run opening sequence in total awe of that amazing Countach. Of course I stared at one on my wall everyday of my teenage life too! Haven’t made it there yet, different priorities until now, maybe one day. It’s just great to know this car is still out there being enjoyed to this day!

  • AMG Pilot
    AMG Pilot 4 months ago

    I enjoyed this tribute to the Countach immensely. My first introduction to it was watching 'Speed Zone', which was an unofficial 'Canonball III' movie, on a re-run on HBO circa 1995 when I was 10 years old. It would re-rerun weekly and I always paid extra attention to the Countach scenes. This documentary brought back good memories and nostalgia.

  • sutty
    sutty 4 months ago +1

    i remember when i first saw that opening scene and the words to my dad were "ooh". this was when i was about 4 or 5 so this was about 2008/9 (i am now about to turn 17) and i still get the chills down my spine and the lump in my throat when i see this amazing peice of history both the movie and the car

  • Allen Hentscher
    Allen Hentscher 3 months ago

    Thank you for this wonderful documentary. I really enjoyed learning some new things and reaffirming some things I already knew. Cinematography was fantastic and the wide range of experts, participants, and enthusiasts, were awesome.

  • Zweispur Mopped
    Zweispur Mopped 4 months ago +1

    The Countach still looks way more like it had come straight from the future than any modern supercar. This documentary had the sportscar-crazy teenage boy in me re-spawn for an hour.

  • Brad Z
    Brad Z 3 months ago

    Great video. This was my favorite car growing up and the movies turned me into a performance car lover. The first one I ever saw was speed zone, I remember the poster hanging in the local video rental place when I was a kid to this day. When I saw cannonball run and the opening scene I was in love. I had the poster on my wall and all like every other kid

  • DeFHoez
    DeFHoez 4 months ago +1

    Thank you for making this documentary....I REALLY enjoyed it, and I'm now watching it for the 3rd time.
    The Countach is just one of those cars that guys, and prob a few girls too, around my age (50) grew up with it on our walls. I remember I went to car show in Toronto in the late 80's for the only reason being that a Countach was going to be there and people could sit in it for a small fee which went to charity. What a thrill it was at the age of 16 to sit in a Lamborghini.

  • Andy Roid
    Andy Roid 2 months ago +4

    *Wow. This was such an incredibly informative & entertaining documentary! Great job to the Hagerty Foundation & to everyone involved in creating such a great movie.*
    _There were SO many things I learned from watching this. You guys really captured the essence of the legendary Lamborghini Countach overall, as well as it's relationship with the Cannonball Run._
    *I'm thankful this history has been documented so well for all to see now, and for many generations to come! Grazie!*

    • CraigWGallant
      CraigWGallant 2 months ago

      i agree 100 % ... i was moved by so much about the entire story......

  • Tim Foster
    Tim Foster 3 months ago

    Fantastic! To everyone who worked on this, thank you. I had the Countach - 288 GTO - 959 poster on my wall as a kid too. This documentary was wonderful.

  • 2005StangMan
    2005StangMan 4 months ago +19

    This was absolutely phenomenal. Thanks to the Hagerty Team, Ed, and all the others that provided the insights here. Such a great piece of my childhood, that opening engine note salvo, still runs a chill down my spine even to this day.

  • PittsSZ
    PittsSZ 4 months ago +1

    Car and Driver magazine was a monthly read for me from 1978 to 1992, and Brock Yates & company shaped my world view a great deal. I still believe that personal freedom is vital, precious, and messy, as personified by the Cannonball and the Countach.

  • Richard Pohl
    Richard Pohl 4 months ago +3

    As a young boy my parents gave me a subscription to Car and Driver and I waited every month to see the Brock Yates article. His writing skills made this young boy want to read everything he wrote.

  • Erin Freize
    Erin Freize 17 days ago +1

    I've been saying for years that we're overdue for a Cannonball Run reboot. It would be more fun, yet realistic than the fast n furious franchise featuring cars you can buy now with currently famous people.

  • Evlengr
    Evlengr 4 months ago +2

    Love having Ed B. narrating part of this story. Nice to know the history behind the Cannonball Run.

  • Gary Whitby
    Gary Whitby 4 months ago +82

    What a great car documentary! I was 9 in 1981 and related to everything that was said. I'm not gonna lie, there were some tears of joy reliving this. Movies like Cannonball and Smokey certainly fueled my life long passion for cars. Even though I'm 50 now, if I ever had the means, The Countach would be the first exotic Car in my collection.. There is nothing else like it. Watching this is like being that 12 year old, back in his room, lying on his bed, and staring at that poster of the White Lambo, and right next to that is the poster of Farrah Fawcett. 😍💯

    • Armen Drives
      Armen Drives 4 months ago +1

      No need for me to write a comment after reading yours. We are the same, you and I, right down to the age and the white Lamborghini poster.

    • andy hickson
      andy hickson 4 months ago +1

      Aint no way you had Farrah. Maybe catherine bach or christie brinkley

    • Hoost 305
      Hoost 305 4 months ago +3

      I was 13 when this movie came out and was blessed to see most of the great car movies from the 70s and 80s. CGI and tech can't compare to the raw and real of the analog experience of loud, fast, real🔥

    • VoodoobigN8
      VoodoobigN8 4 months ago +5

      Amen brother!

  • Deborah chesser
    Deborah chesser 4 months ago +1

    I saw cannonball run at 15 in 81’ and it totally blew my mind, what extravagant times the 80’s were. Literally anything was possible.

  • VinCode17
    VinCode17 3 months ago

    Amazing documentary, wow what a bunch of emotions this brought out today 😂 i laughed and cried at the same time 😂 i want to live life on my terms. Thank you needed this today.

  • Tales Maschio
    Tales Maschio 4 months ago

    Truly amazing, excellent documentary. Congrats Ed Bolian for being part of this wonderful piece of car history.

  • Jack Mandu
    Jack Mandu 4 months ago

    Incredible documentary! Thank you so much. I’ve loved this car since I was a kid. I was 14 when the movie came out and I always wanted to own a Countach. Of course I had the poster.

  • The Broken Life
    The Broken Life 4 months ago

    This was incredibly well done and entertaining. Excellent work!

  • Pathos Bedlam
    Pathos Bedlam 4 months ago +1

    What an epic trip down memory lane. He was right though, the Countach was the best looking Lamborghini ever. If you grew up in the 80's and you missed the movie Cannonball Run, I feel bad for you. Go watch it now if you haven't seen it. it's such a timeless masterpiece.

  • Paul Elverstone
    Paul Elverstone 3 months ago

    Amazing car. I will forgive it all of its flaws for the way it looks, sounds, goes and makes me feel. Goosebumps watching some of this footage...

  • The Spice Melange
    The Spice Melange 4 months ago

    The fact that this video is this long and does not feel like it is amazing. You kept it very entertaining all the way through. Good job guys and girls. 👏

  • William Roark
    William Roark 4 months ago +23

    From the movie, to the Countach then on to Ed and Brock, this connected so many dots of why I am such a "car guy". Reading car magazines (Car and Driver, thanks Brock), watching the movie and many years later watching youtube and Ed, this video brought it all together and I realized Brock, without knowing it all these years, is my hero.

  • Bavarian Banshee
    Bavarian Banshee 3 months ago +1

    "Where were you when you hit 150 mph?"
    "There's a lot of answer to that question."
    This will be one of my favorite quotes forever.

  • Stan Libuda
    Stan Libuda 4 months ago

    This is a great documentary. Informative, fun and well edited. Great job! Apropos speed: Here in Germany driving with 180 Km/h (112 mph ) is easy peasy. You have to be full aware of the traffic and to "foresee" the traffic. At some point in time you know when a car upfront will change the lane just only seeing how he is driving. After the 112 mph, driving becomes with every mile per hour more and more stressful. I once drove a Ford Mustang 5.0 and a Mercedes-Benz limousine at night both with the speed of 280 Km/h (174 mph) . In the mustang I made peace with my maker during the driving whereaes in the Benz it was a smooth driving. Never recognized the speed. You have to be careful not to be to comfy and you have to be fully aware at all time during the driving.

    BUXBE 3 months ago

    It was a great film. :) Yes, the Countach was insane at the time. So much fun driving fast. Bummer the old guy couldn't do the CR.

  • Ste Jer
    Ste Jer 3 months ago +1

    I love these high quality, long form documentaries about one specific car!

  • Marc
    Marc 4 months ago

    What a story! Brilliant Doco, such a great line to take through these events, excellent work!

  • joe08867
    joe08867 Month ago +1

    What a well produced documentary on the Cannonball, Brock Yates and the Countach.
    I enjoyed every minute of this.

  • Dan Bechan
    Dan Bechan 4 months ago +1

    My parents were watching the movie and I was 5 years old playing with my brother at the time. Will never forget when I heard the sound of the lambo In the opening scene being played on the old crt sony trinitron. Immediately I stopped what I was doing - that sound left me speechless and that moment is one of the few memories I still have of my childhood. From then on I loved cars.

  • QXZ9027MKII
    QXZ9027MKII 4 months ago

    Wow, an emotional rollercoaster, a masterpiece, much obliged Hagerty. Keep it sharp lads & gals never strey.

  • Z Reviews
    Z Reviews 4 months ago +351

    There goes 78 minutes of my life... Couldn't be happier.
    P.S. I had a Countach Poster on my wall.

    • Markus Müller
      Markus Müller 3 months ago

      Great Movies and their stories

    • Nuclear Sandwich
      Nuclear Sandwich 3 months ago

      I still have a very large one on my wall for over 30 years. Can't bring myself to take it down.

    • James Taylor
      James Taylor 3 months ago

      didn't we all mate , didn't we all .

    • Matt Bonneville
      Matt Bonneville 3 months ago

      Right next to the Farrah Fawcett one.

    • carls apartments
      carls apartments 3 months ago +1

      I had a Farrah poster, i win!

  • LPKelly380
    LPKelly380 4 months ago +1

    I just wanted to say what a captivating and wonderfully produced documentary this was. Kudos to those who produced it.

  • wildf1re
    wildf1re 4 months ago +1

    Wow, a perfect personification of what this car means to so many. Well done.

  • rex Previously
    rex Previously 4 months ago +1

    I remember in 4th grade, I sat on the floor in front of the TV with the movie playing on VHS, listening to the sound of that car in the opening credits. And the 4K re-scan is amazing and the sound is still amazing! So is the movie.

  • Angeler Fils
    Angeler Fils Month ago +2

    Love this movie. So many childhood memories.

    TRLWNC1 4 months ago +43

    I don't think I will ever want one of these ostentatious, loud, expensive to buy, expensive to maintain cars.
    I will always love knowing they are in our world. Because they are the embodiment of passion. And this was an astounding tribute to, not only this car but, all cars that bring out the passion and love of driving in the world.

  • L Foster
    L Foster 3 months ago +1

    This documentary was OUTSTANDING!!! The Countach was my absolute automotive first love at the age of 10-ish in 1982 or 83! Did not plan on spending an hour or so watching anything today but could not put this down! Living in Columbus, Oh, I saw my first Countach in person and I’d never forget it! Playing little league baseball, I had teammate who said that his neighbor a few doors down from him had a Countach, a Ferrari, a Pantera, and a Vette. I was like BS!!! My teammate called me when the Countach neighbor had his collection on display at his Maize Rd residence. I road my bicycle about 2 miles and voilà!!! So so cool!!! Evan’s, the guy that owned the collection ran an auto repair shop on Morse Rd. ANYWAY…that’s my story 😁

  • Richard Moore
    Richard Moore 4 months ago +1

    I've watched the opening scenes of cannonball run a thousand times just because of that car! So many childhood dreams there!

  • Miguel Rodriguez
    Miguel Rodriguez 2 months ago

    I still remember seeing the car in the movie the first time and today this car is still timeless..

  • RusteeUte
    RusteeUte 4 months ago +2

    That was absolutely brilliant.
    Thank you so much for putting this together.
    Watching The CANNONBALL run never gets old, and it was great to hear the stories surrounding the movie.

  • Sean Bailey
    Sean Bailey 4 months ago +21

    OMG.. I'm over 50 years old,and I remember seeing this movie for the first time... And yes, I rewinded the beginning over and over as well... And after all these years I've never noticed the exhaust until now... A pipe for each cylinder, damn unbelievable... the most beautiful car of all time hands down....