The Lamborghini 50th Anniversary Grand Tour hit the roads of Italy today to commemorate five glorious decades of the Italian Supercar manufacturer. The tour started off from Piazza Castello in Milan starting at 10 a.m. (1:30 p.m. IST) and saw a convoy of 350 Lamborghinis from all over the world to celebrate the spirit of ‘The Raging Bull’ forming a supercar chain measuring 4 kilometers long and aggregating 1,90,000 of scintillating horsepower.
The past two days has seen a scurry offloading of cars being brought into Milan from all over the world for the occasion. The event saw 320 participant registrations with 30 cars being reserved for the press and guests and the headcount reaching 700 including the drivers and the co-passengers.
The press conference for the event was held yesterday at the Pirelli foundation highlighting the partnership between the two Italian manufacturers since 1963- the inception year of Lamborghini.
Participants from United Kingdom lead the count with 71 cars with Italy, Germany and Switzerland standing at 30 each. Also there were 21 cars from the United States and 17 from China with countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Principato di Monaco, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Tunisia and Ukraine adding to the rest of the tally. The youngest driver amongst the lot was from a 22 year old from Kuwait and the eldest being a 75 year French gentleman.
Apart from the modern exotic machines, the event saw a few historic cars that included three 350 GTs, five 400 GTs, seventeen Miuras, eight Espadas, two Jaramas, six Urracos, 15 Countachs, one LM 002, 21 Diablos and 36 Murcielagos (Phew!). It was the Gallardo that made a prominent presence taking the count to 123 cars.
“For 50 years, Lamborghini has been the object of dreams and the symbol of Made in Italy. Our supersports cars are always on the edge of the most advanced technological innovation and for this reason the claim that we have set for our anniversary is ‘100 years of innovation in half the time’. Since our founder Ferruccio Lamborghini first founded the company, a characteristic inherent in our DNA is to address the challenge and not overcome it, but to push boundaries to achieve something even more extraordinary,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.
“The 50th Anniversary Grand Tour, with more than 700 participants representing 29 countries, is evidence of the global dimension our brand enjoys today, and the strength of the Lamborghini myth that continues to grow.”
The convoy of supercars would dock at their first destination in Bobbio, said to the soul of the Trebbia Valley, later continuing till Forte dei Marmi- a seaside resort resorts on the Tyrrhenian coast where concluding today’s event.
The convoy would start again tomorrow from Forte dei Marmi and arrive in the capital city of Rome passing through the base of the 4° Stormo of Air Force at Grosseto.
May 10th would see the grand convoy move towards Bologna- the headquarters of Lamborghini while passing through the towns of Orvieto, Arezzo and San Giustino Valdarno, and would stop for lunch at the Tenuta il Bobbio. The evening would see a grand welcome for the participants at Palazzo Re Enzo- a historical palace in the heart of Bologna city concluding the events for the day.
The convoy would proceed to Piazza Maggiore- a square in Bologna City where the ‘Concorso di Eleganza Lamborghini 50° Anniversario’ will be held and would see participation of an added bunch of historic Lamborghinis such as the very first 350 GT to the latest Countach model.
The grand celebrations would end the next day on the 11th of May at Sant’Agata Bolognese- the headquarters of the House of the Raging Bull, where a grand dinner would be hosted for the participants celebrating the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary and finally concluding the festivities.
Wow, what an event. Wish we could be there- just to ogle at those supercars filling up the air with their orgasmic exhaust notes.