In-line with the 50th anniversary celebrations, Italian car maker Lamborghini kicked off the Grand Giro yesterday, a convoy of 350 Lamborghini’s that left Milan today and will head through the beautiful landscapes of Lombardia, Toscana, Lazio, Umbria, Emilia Romagna and of course, Bologna. In every 10 cars participating, four of them are historic models and participants come from all over the world-Canada to New Zealand.
The inaugural diner event was held at the Hangar Bicocca at the Pirelli Headquaters, the run will consist of 4km and more than 190,000hp on the road. Since last night, the order of the day has been overloading the cars from trucks bringing in overseas participants. There 700 pilots and co-pilots from the 350 cars; 320 are registered while the other 30 is of press and guests. Pirelli is also a main highlight in the event as the two have had a steady partnership since 1963.
The countries represented largely include United Kingdom with 71 cars followed by Italy, Germany and Switzerland with over 30 participants each, USA with 21 cars and China with 17 cars. The other countries include; 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, Ukraine.
As for the drivers, the youngest is 22 years old from Kuwait while the oldest is 75 years from France. The cars ranghe from modern to classics, the include; three 350 GTs, five 400 GTs, seventeen Miuras, eight Espadas, two Jaramas, six Urracos, 15 Countachs, one LM 002, 21 Diablos and 36 Murcielagos. The Lamborghini Gallardo is the most represented with 123 registrations.
In that regard, this is what Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini said;
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.
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 first day will see participants drive to Bobbio which is the heart of the Trebbia Valley before concluding the day at Forte dei Marmi, which is an exquisite seaside resort on the Tyrrhenian coast. The next day they will drive to Rome, pass through 4° Stormo of Air Force at Grosseto, then restart on the 10th towards Bologna passing through the towns of Orvieto, Arezzo and San Giustino Valdarno before having lunch at the Tenuta il Bobbio.
That’s not all, on the 10th evening; the cars will be at Bologna, at the Palazzo Re Enzo before waking up in Piazza Maggiore where the ‘Concorso di Eleganza Lamborghini 50° Anniversario’ will be held. This will be open to all historic cars participating in the event, and that means from the first 350 GT up to the latest Countach model.
The tour will come to an end on the 11th in Sant’Agata Bolognese, headquarters of the House of the Raging Bull where they shall celebrate in style the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary.