This week after Monza I’ve been hanging out in Milan for the first time, and enjoying some much needed downtime being a tourist in between training in the mornings, and then on Thursday I drove down to Bologna to attend a special event that I was invited to, to celebrate what would be the 100th birthday anniversary of Ferrucio Lamborghini, with Lamborghini.
I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of something so seriously cool before, and it was by far one of the best things I’ve been able to experience through motorsport / cars, joining my friend in his straight piped Murcielago LP640 amidst 50 other lamoborghinis with a special police escort from the Cabinari Stradale at over 200kmh through Bologna and it’s surrounding area… it was simply unreal.
On Friday we conquered the infamous Futa Pass, a 50 km stretch of windy mountain pass that culminates at a café perched at the very top of the pass, where we stopped for a break before heading back down the mountain. Along the way back down, we came to a spot where we were had to wait for a tractor in front of us to get off the road, bumper to bumper, we were stopped with the windows down waiting to get going again, when a whole classroom of little kids that were aged no more than 5 years old, ran out from their class onto a balcony screaming and cheering at the magnificent sight they were witnessing, a glamorous variety of 50 lambos in one big row. At this stage I was already convinced I was experiencing something that would be possible most definitely only in Italy, when their teacher who must have been in her 60’s hobbled out on to the balcony with her walking stick to join the kids cheering, yelling “amore amore” at us, while her hands gestured us with the same enthusiasm… it was simply amazing, and I think it will be hard to beat that experience ever again.
The rest of the weekend was just as awesome. On Friday arvo we visited a private car collection of a close friend of Ferrucios, which now remains in his family’s care, followed by a nice dinner with my friend and his family in downtown Bologna, and a somewhat early night before Saturdays activities where we visited the factory in Saint Agata. A couple of us then decided to head back to the hotel for a rest before dinner, instead of spending the afternoon viewing a private art collection which isn’t really my cup of tea haha. To finish the event, we enjoyed a special dinner hosted by Fabio Lamborghini, Ferrucio’s nephew, and Velintino Ballbosi – the official test driver for Lamborghini automobili and the man that carries a very special license plate (in true Italian style) which is rumoured to be completely ignored by the police, should it be the centre of any speeding related complaints or offences… a deal which is rumoured to have been made between Feruccio and the prime minister at the time, and has been kept ever since. How Italian is that……! Forza Italy and it’s beautiful car culture….!
As if that wasn’t a cool enough past week, to top things off, I am about to make my way down to Monaco where I’m going to be living for the summer J