GRANDVILLE, MI – Ken Imhoff gained worldwide acclaim among “car guys” in 2008 when he unveiled the replica of a Lamborghini Countach he had spent 17 years building in the basement workshop of his home in Eagle, Wis.
Now in treatment for Stage 4 cancer, Imhoff is taking his hand-built creation on the road with a deeper message about faith, family and perseverance.
Imhoff will be displaying the car at Borgman Ford/Mazda on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1.
It will be one of the first public appearances for Imhoff, who decided to take the car off of eBay and use it as a ministry tool instead, said Doug Redford, pastor of Men’s Ministry at Ada Bible Church.
“He had originally decided to sell the vehicle because it reminded him of all that was wrong with his life,” said Redford. “A pastor in Wisconsin got a hold of him and said that maybe that’s not what you want to do with this. Maybe this can really be used to reach guys.”
Redford, a “car guy” who said he’s been restoring an MG for several years, said he was first drawn to the story of Imhoff’s “Bull in the Basement” as an example of perseverance.
Imhoff, an engineer, drew international attention in 2008 when he hired a backhoe to remove the wall in his basement so he could extract the Lamborghini he had built from scratch since 1990.
The story of Imhoff’s obsession and craftsmanship drew the notice of legions of people who faced similar obstacles and challenges in their passion. In 2008, it was the third most popular story on the automotive website Jalopnik.com, with 527,794 page views.
“I’m making the car available as I tell my story of the real cost involved in a project like this: the cost to my bank account, home, wife, children, and soul,” Imhoff said in a news release announcing his Borgman appearance.
“The car started out as a mission without God in my life. It was an exercise of human self-centered, egotistical, selfishness that just about ended my marriage and losing our home,” Imhoff says on his website.
“As my faith begins to grow, I realize God gave me the talent to do what I do and there is nothing wrong with that; my only mistake was not using it to glorify Christ.”