Breaking a world record and drifting priceless classics in the snow is the perfect way to celebrate six decades of superb supercars.
Lamborghini's 60th-anniversary celebrations have kicked off with a bang, with the automaker setting a new Guinness World Record in Japan, while simultaneously participating in the (International Concours of Elegance) St. Moritz 2023, a prestigious motoring event that attracted some truly spectacular automotive stars.
At the Suzuka circuit in Japan, 251 Lamborghinis set a Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Lamborghini cars driven at one time, with an electric mix of old and new Raging Bulls lapping the circuit in a parade of high horsepower.
"The fact that so many Lamborghinis, from current models to classic cars, gathered at the internationally renowned Suzuka Circuit is proof that our brand has touched the emotions of many people here in Japan over its long history and is still so valued today," said Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann.
This record-breaking feat formed part of a larger celebration, with a host of Lamborghini owners embarking on a multi-day tour that visited some of Japan's most famous tourist destinations.
At Suzuka, Lamborghini's Ad Personam department recreated the automaker's Tokyo lounge, allowing owners to specify another Lamborghini to their exact requirements. Pop in with your classic Diablo, and leave with an order for a custom Huracan Evo.
Two pieces of Lambo-inspired art were also on display; contemporary artist Ikeuchi has worked with the Italian brand to pay tribute to the company through an artistic medium.
Not to be outdone by the Japanese gathering, Lamborghini's presence at the International Concours of Elegance St. Moritz featured something extraordinary: the one-off Miura P400 S "Millechiodi" made an appearance, hitting the frozen track and astounding the crowds. This particular example holds a special place in Lamborghini's heart and has a superb history.
Chassis 4302 left the factory in late 1969, but it wasn't until 1975 that it was sold to Giovanni Sotgiu and Walter Ronchi, two individuals with a great affinity for the Lamborghini marque. The P400 S crashed, inspiring Sotgiu and Ronchi to transform it into a racer. Now repainted in dark green, the story goes that the Miura required so many rivets to join the body panels that it was called Millechiodi - Italian for "a thousand nails."
The car was restored to its former glory in 2018, and two years later, Lamborghini's Polo Storico center blessed it with the all-important certification. "The difficulty of certification related to this car had to do with its specific 'deviation' from the original specifications," said Lamborghini's Alessandro Farmeschi. "Actually, since these were not just impromptu modifications but specific ones carried out at a very high level and well-defined within a historical period, it would have made no sense to bring it back to how it was when it was new," he added.
"The ICE was a great opportunity for Polo Storico [...] because it brings together leading international collectors and their extraordinary vintage cars in a breathtaking location. As Polo Storico, we are dedicated to preserving the history of our company and our cars by performing major restorations, as well as studying and officially certifying our cars of the past and helping our customers to fully enjoy the classic Lamborghinis they own," added Farmeschi.
Lamborghini was accompanied by a team of women race drivers called the Iron Dames, who recently demonstrated their exceptional talent behind the wheel of the Huracan GT3 EVO2 at the 24 hours of Daytona. The team was also lucky enough to experience the Miura P400 SV at St. Moritz.
Classic Lamborghinis will play a big part in later celebrations, with an exclusive Polo Storico tour taking place in Italy later this year. The wonderful event will be reserved for classics like the Miura, 350 GT, and Countach.
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