The largest gathering of Lamborghini cars ever assembled toured from Piazza Castello in Milan to the Lamborghini headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, held 8-11 May 2013 in honor to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Setting off from Milan, Italy, the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary Grand Tour honored the “House of the Raging Bull” with a convoy that spanned 4km long and comprised some 190,000 hp on the road, with staring onlookers, flashing cameras and applauding citizens and enthusiasts supporting the group along the route.
The owners of the 350 Lamborghinis on the Tour came from 29 different countries, with the most substantial representation of participants coming from the United Kingdom with 71 cars followed by Italy, Germany and Switzerland with over 30 participants each. In addition, there were 21 cars with plates from the USA and 17 from China. The other countries represented were: 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. The youngest driver was born in 1991 and hails from Kuwait, while the oldest was 75 and is a French national.
Historic Lamborghini cars on the 50th Anniversary Grand Tour 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. 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.
Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, commented, “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 50th Anniversary Grand Tour was Bobbio, the soul of the Trebbia Valley, then the first day was concluded in Forte dei Marmi, one of the most exclusive seaside resorts on the Tyrrhenian coast. After Forte dei Marmi, the convoy arrived on May 9 in Rome, passing through the base of the 4th Stormo of Air Force at Grosseto. The morning of May 10 it restarted again in the direction of Bologna, crossing the towns of Orvieto, Arezzo and San Giustino Valdarno, where all participants stopped for lunch at the Tenuta il Bobbio.
On the 10th of May, the cars arrived in the center of Bologna, where the city offered a welcome in the setting of Palazzo Re Enzo. The next morning in Piazza Maggiore the ‘Concorso di Eleganza Lamborghini 50th Anniversario’ was held, which was open to all the historic cars participating in the tour, from the first 350 GT up to the latest Countach model. On the evening of the 11th, the Tour ended in Sant’Agata Bolognese, headquarters of the House of the Raging Bull, where a gala dinner celebrating the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary was held.
On Saturday morning, 11th May, the honouring jury for Lamborghini’s 50th Anniversary elegance contest evaluated more than 30 historical vehicles from the 350 GT to the Countach. The winner – the Miura P 400 S owned by Harald Skjoldt – received a special edition of the legendary Fifty Fathoms watch by Blancpain, a Main Partner in Lamborghini’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.