Bull Run: 350 Lambos roar through Italy – BBC Top Gear

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Lamborghini celebrates 50 years an epic road trip. TG the fun in an Aventador Roadster…

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That Good God. It’s a braying, brawling cacophony strangles your senses and your sense of bewilderment against a rock face. And some rock face. deep in the mountains near in an Aventador Roadster with a police escort, and, ironically, the spirit of Ferruccio is being celebrated along the Pass in a sadistic exhibition of

Oh, and noise.

Why ironic? Let’s back into the 1950s. Mr himself, Ferruccio, famously a quiet word in Enzo ear to talk shop. Ferruccio is not with the build quality and proofing on his Ferrari 250, and something quieter, and more Enzo is having none of it, provoking Ferruccio to use his own mechanical and considerable self-made wealth to his passion for exotic motoring.

He his own company. He builds his own supercars. And his spirit survives through a of loud, raucous, uncomfortable and punky supercars. Italians, eh?

year marks 50 years Ferruccio’s break with Ferrari; 50 years since he his considerable talent, wealth, and heart and soul into Automobili Lamborghini, the company his name that would go on to some of the world’s most supercars.

Current Lamborghini Stephan Winkelmann, a unimpeachably man, decided that an tribute would be a 350-gun of Lambo customer cars through historic Italy, the winding roads and mountain and the villages to the people, reminding the crowd that this is all the of a farmer. The Giro began in driving down through to then back up to Bologna and to the factory in Sant’Agata.

“It was simply an idea to our cars and our people in our home boss Winkelmann told “We didn’t want to do a event for the 50th because we are in numbers, growing in fans, in so there is a need to do something It certainly was big. It attracted clientele from all corners of the including a tiny TG contingent in with an Aventador Roadster. We going to miss this.

On the of the Rome to Bologna stretch, TG into Japanese soy biscuit Masahiro, who had spent three shipping his Gallardo to Italy to the parade. He even died his in the Italian tricolore and shaved in a sign on the side. His English too good, but his enthusiasm and friendliness was over. He even wanted his taken with our Aventador and us.

there’s the Japanese chap a pink Lamborghini Diablo GT with the Godfather theme as the horn who opened up his doors for all to Mark, from the Lamborghini Australia, shipped his beautiful Miura from Oz to take and you can tell what being of this community meant to him the smile on his face.

Fate, it would seem intertwines like-minded souls, with Top Gear’s eternal for poweeerrr . two more affable from Wales Robin and came galloping forward in a jet Murcielago SV bringing good of oversteer.

And that set the scene minutes. Every single we bumped into including Singh, an American who actually one of the three Lamborghini Venenos, is a Lamborghini fan (“I remember the posters on my wall as a kid”) and named his two-week old daughter opened up their cars and enthusiasm to the hundreds of other and thousands watching.

Far from about their own cars rocked up in an Aventador coupe a colour scheme mirroring the (he had it first, mind) each was interested in what everyone had brought along. “I’d be in a parade,” Kris told “and I wasn’t sure one I wanted more the Lamborghini in of me or the Lamborghini behind me.”

Simon travelled up from with his wife, stopped off in for the Porsche RS festival and ended up in the in Italy. He didn’t ship his 6.0-litre V12 Diablo over he just topped it up with sorted out his music selection and got on the “Look at it,” he told us, it look like I’m about it? I don’t even it, I just drive it.” I ask if the had given him any problems on the drive and he responds with a look to I had better ask him something else.

“This event has just fantastic,” he enthuses. “Part of the took in the Mille Miglia, and I now total respect for those who averaged 90mph back in the 50s how the did they do that with old and **** roads?”

A point most unfortunately by poor old Rich Albert and his yellow He was in a five-car Countach parade suddenly, the car leading was forced to left, panicked, slammed on the and sent the four behind, Rich, slamming into the He makes a gesture suggesting the on his Countach aren’t as wide as cars. “It was like he told us.

I ask him if the damage is terminal, and he his shoulders, smiling. “Oh [How’s this for spirit, Later, rumour has it he got an overnight back to Austria, picked up a and finished the tour.]

Still, all the route we were treated to a of just what Lamborghini to Italy. Police escorts would later get a standing in the Piazza) led us out from the centre of with nary a complaint drivers forced to move out of the way for us to Orvieto and Arezzo, where it was a ticker tape parade.

Locals herded out in their to see 350 Lamborghinis cruising through locale, cheering and waving us on, hollering and waving flags in A sight we will remember for time is that of an elderly being pushed along in her to the side of the kerb just so she wave her arms at the cars. like their Lamborghinis in part of the world.

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From it was on through to San Giustino Valdarno, to the famous Passo Della and a winding, twisting route will remain in the memory for a long time. The morning’s had given way to a moody, thickening and light greasing of rain, but it intensified the sheer hammer’s of horsepower on display. Michael director of Heat couldn’t scripted this scene

Suffice to say, the Aventador those mountain roads every single poorly and overused motoring analogy you can of. The sound of TG’s V12 echoing in with a Miura, Countach, Gallardo, Murcielago, 400GT, and about a dozen other meant anyone within oh, ten miles, would have Thyrus itself, the mythical dragon from the Middle had descended once again to Terni. Did we mention the noise?

think Ferruccio would be of the company we have built boss Winkelmann tells “especially after this he says with a giggle. followed his initial idea of courageous, emotional, extraordinary he says with a cheeky “being the bad boy.”

A very distinguished Lamborghini is inclined to agree: none than test driver Balboni, a man who served under and is currently overcome with at the event. The man is literally being in the Piazza by adoring fans, he and takes time with . including TG. “I am not so sure it was in mentality for Lamborghini to become so he tells us, “but I am sure he is in his grave. It was a huge honour to and walk with the man.

me, still here representing is a big honour. Don’t forget, was a real genuine farmer, he had a lot of but also had a lot of motivation, so I hope the of Lamborghini keeps the spirit and of the old Lamborghini.” Balboni, aside being an absolute gentleman, is an old warrior, a man who has drifted every Lamborghini for the last 40 years. hope it keeps the old roots this is very important, ok?

We are today, with these cars you know, like Aventador with lots of technology, but everybody should the roots of Lamborghini. He was a farmer, a man who started with nothing. His was a big challenge.”

None is more aware of than Winkelmann, who provides a conclusion to Balboni’s request for roots. Speaking to us on the morning of the event won by a ludicrously desirable loud) Miura Jota he “We have only one to use for a third model. The Estoque was an outstanding car and got an outstanding reaction, but in the few years the development of the SUV segment incredible steps.” The Urus into conversation, and Stephan

“Anyway, look over [ pointing to a jet black Lamborghini LM 002 ]. In our DNA is not only super sports we have other things. the Miura is the car that absolutely the difference for Lamborghini, but I personally the LM.”

So it was fitting that that night, at a gala for the parade, Winkelmann officially that yes, Lamborghini put the Urus SUV into production. to on your streets at some in 2017.

Looking back on the of Lamborghini, the enthusiasm of this community and the spirit of Ferruccio, like to think the headstrong would be smiling up there. 50th, Lambo.

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