Italian sports car maker, known to people by the symbol of ‘Raging Bull’ is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Italy. The company, founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy in 1963, flagged a convoy at Piazza Castello in Milan on 8th of May, 2013. There are 350 cars participating in this event making up for about 19,000 hp on road spreading for a length of 4 km. Fans of the Raging Bull have gathered at the location to witness this mega event from the Italian marque.
The press meet for this Grand Tour from Lamborghini took place at Pirelli Foundation. The Italy based tyre manufacturer Pirelli is in association with the sports car maker ever since the birth of the company. Participants for this event have arrived from different parts of the world with leading numbers from U.K, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. A 22 year old driver from Kuwait is the youngest person participating in this event and the oldest participant, who is about 75 years old, is a citizen of France.
Historic Lamborghini cars on tour 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 record for number of cars participating goes to the Gallardo, the most successful Lamborghini model of all time, with 123 cars registered amongst the participants.
Mr. Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini spoke about the grand event and 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 destination of the Lamborghini Grand Tour will be Bobbio, the soul of the Trebbia Valley, then the first day will be concluded in Forte dei Marmi, one of the most exclusive seaside resorts on the Tyrrhenian coast.
After Forte dei Marmi, the convoy will arrive on May 9th in Rome, passing through the base of the 4 degree Stormo of Air Force at Grosseto. The morning of May 10th it will restart again in the direction of Bologna, crossing the towns of Orvieto, Arezzo and San Giustino Valdarno, where all participants will stop for lunch at the Tenuta il Bobbio.
On the 10th evening, the cars will arrive in the center of Bologna, where the city will offer a welcome in the prestigious setting of Palazzo Re Enzo. The next morning in Piazza Maggiore the ‘Concorso di Eleganza Lamborghini 50 degree Anniversario’ will be held, which is open to all the historic cars participating in the tour, from the first 350 GT up to the latest Countach model.
On the 11th, the Tour will end in Sant'Agata Bolognese, headquarters of the House of the Raging Bull, where a gala dinner celebrating the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary will be held.