Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo Dec 12 2015

This morning found us at the Cars and Coffee in Aliso Viejo, our favorite venue for cars, coffee and pastries from Panera Bread. This time we brought our own Ferrari to show off so we were there bright and early. We don’t know if there was something in the air this time, perhaps a bit of magic? But this weeks gathering was particularly captivating with many stunning vehicles and interesting folks in attendance. One BMW brought along some Christmas cheer to share with all of us (First photos) that we think set the tone for good lightheartedness and above all, fun for the upcoming holidays! We even had a celebrity among us or so it was rumored, a very well loved actor arrived driving car “42” do you recognize him? One photographer gave us the idea to take moon hubcap photos, shooting to capture the other vintage vehicle in the hubcaps reflection. We’re not sure we did a great job but what an excuse to capture more pictures of these awesome cars! After much laughter, chatter and of course a couple of pastries; pain au chocolat, we headed back to the shop where we indulged in our own interpretation of coffee, you guessed it, espresso, Italian style. All in all, we think this weeks Cars and Coffee was one of the best we’ve been to. We still look forward to next week’s though!

Remember, if you see us at Cars and Coffee wandering around, it means afterwards we’ll be headed back to the shop (It’s right up the street) for espresso. You are more than welcome to come and share some talk and some really amazing espresso with us!

Photo of Lamborghini Countach Italtech GT

Lamborghini Countach Italtech GT

The Name Countach, Nothing To Do With Beauty

There are many different versions around the web of how the Lamborghini Countach got it’s name and they all center around the theme and the assumption that it’s used as an exclamation upon seeing a beautiful woman. Actually the name Countach has nothing to do with beauty but can be used for anything that has made a sudden surprising impact on a person on a personal level. Although I’m sure that it would get used for the sudden appearance of a beautiful woman, in general this accepted definition of the word usage and the accompanying story are simplified explanations and not the officially embraced one by the people of the Provincia Grande. The problem is the language itself. From town to town the Piemontese language breaks down into dialects that change significantly and often bares no resemblance in sound or writing, to it’s cousin right up the street. In Massimo’s native town of Boves the word for rabbit in his version of the language is Cuciu. Coo chu, and in Peveragno less than 3 miles away, the same word becomes Pérru, Pear ru. Yet both languages are considered Piemontese. So Countach is not a word that would be generally recognized by the entire population of a region and out of context, would only be understood by the residents of the tiny town of Vernante itself which leaves just a bit of a hole in the original story.

Another problem with this tale is that even if it were true that this word was used to exclaim the beauty of a woman and mostly used by men, they would have to been very old men as this word is from the 18th century and is only used by the (now) oldest generation of people alive who still speak the old Piemontese language.

“The story is that Ferruccio  Lamborghini was on his way to Monte Carlo via Limone Piemonte and stopped in a bar in Vernante for something to drink. Vernante is a  tiny town on the way to and before Limone/Pimonte.” Massimo describes the whole process of getting to Monaco from Limone. “After Limnon/Piemonte you cross the border at the top of the pass and go down the other side along the Roya into France where you get to Monico/Monte Carlo.., and there was this table in the bar with these old people playing cards and Ferruccio heard the people saying oh Countach, Countach and countach is an expression in our region which is close to where I’m from, that doesn’t mean anything it’s like saying on my god, oh my god, so something surprising happened while they were playing cards and they remarked on it. Around Cuneo and my region that’s what they say happened and how the car got it’s name.”

Photo Map of Vernante

Vernante Home of the Countash name

Do I believe that Lamborghini named his car thanks to a bunch of old guys playing cards in a bar in the small town of Vernante? Yes! Knowing how things go there a bit I find their unsubstantiated story a bit more believable than the beautiful woman thing, (I’ve heard all the exclamations for that!) and besides this is the story that any person from the Provincia di Cuneo (Provincia Grande) has grown up hearing including Massimo, and will retell with pride as they all claim the honor of the naming of the Lamborghini Countach for themselves, by association. So yes, the word countach after the instant mind’s image of a beautiful automobile, the exclamation OH MY GOD, or the more vulgar, HOLY SHIT comes to mind thanks to my husband and the people of and around Vernante and that’s the story I’m officially sticking with!


Have your own version? Tell us in the comments!