2021 Forum: Thursday, Aug. 12 at 3:30 pm | Lamborghini Countach

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2021 is the 50th Anniversary of the incomparable Lamborghini Countach.  

Arguably THE TEMPLATE FOR THE MODERN supercar, the LP500 Countach bowed at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show to acclaim and astonishment. Just five years later, Road & Track called it,  the “Fastest Car We’ve Ever Tested.”

Founder Ferruccio Lamborghini and Engineer Paolo Stanzani sought to build a true maccchina sportiva stradale, combining Gran Turismo capability and aggressive sports car dynamics with outrageous styling by Marcello Gandini for Carrozzeria Bertone. The Countach was literally the poster child for high-performance cars, and its sleek likeness could be found on the walls of countless enthusiasts worldwide, young and old. 

Join author, photographer, and Italian car authority Winston Goodfellow, internationally-acclaimed exotic car broker Simon Kidston, and noted Lamborghini restorer Steve Mraovic, along with moderator Ken Gross, former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, prolific author and fine art museum guest curator, for a spirited discussion about the birth, development and everlasting fame of the phenomenal and timeless sports car that gave Enzo Ferrari fits. 

Host: Ken Gross

Panel: Winston Goodfellow, Simon Kidston & Steve Mraovic

Ken Gross

Ken Gross is a prolific automotive journalist and an automotive historian with a wide range of interests. The former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, he often serves as a guest curator for automotive exhibits in fine art museums. He is also a member of the Pebble Beach Concours Car Selection Committee and often serves among our Chief Class Judges. 

Winston Goodfellow

Winston Goodfellow, an authority on postwar Italian cars, is an award-winning writer and photographer whose words and photos have appeared in more than 60 magazines in a dozen countries. He has also written eight books and seven monographs. He often serves among our Pebble Beach Concours Chief Class Judges. 

Simon Kidston

Simon Kidston is an internationally acclaimed exotic car broker, specializing in the sale of the most valuable cars in existence—both publicized and those kept “under the radar” at the request of owners. The “voice” of Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, he often serves among our Pebble Beach Concours Judges. The nephew of1920s “Bentley Boy” Commander Glen Kidston, his personal love affair with the motor car began the day as an impressionable eight-year-old that he first saw the film “The Italian Job.” 

Steve Mraovic  

Steve Mraovic has over 30+ years of experience servicing and restoring exotic cars as well as owning them. Owner of Exclusive Motorcars of Arizona, the Southwest’s premier Ferrari & Lamborghini service and restoration facility, home to numerous Platino and award-winning restorations. He is also the founding member and former regional director of the FCA-Desert Region. He is also a Ferrari IAC-PFA Judge as well as the FCA Chief Coppa Bella Macchina Judge. 

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