Meeting Your Heroes
You know the saying about how you should never meet your heroes? Well we went there feet first and drove the Lamborghini Miura in the most evocative setting possible. But not just any Miura, only the most desirable $2.5m P400SV model.
If there’s just one car that I had to select as my top trumps ultimate machine from anything built ever, it would have to be the 1967 Lamborghini Miura.
So when the invitation came from Lamborghini to visit them and take their museum piece, a Miura P400SV for a quick spin, I was on the next plane. I could not say yes fast enough.
However, my destination was not the company’s factory in Sant‘Agata, Italy, but Spain. Somewhere of equal reverence to where founder Ferrucio Lamborghini built his factory which still produces every car to this day.
The 700km journey began in Madrid with the current bad-boy of the Lambo range, the utterly bonkers Aventador SV Roadster. This was going to be a test of not only the SV’s road tripping capabilities but also my back and the endurance of both of us for the next two days.
Needless to say someone else carried our bags as there’s precious little stowage space in the 750bhp, 6.5-litre, V12. It felt brutal and raw with that giant engine behind my head, but it was the perfect prelude to what would come. [To be continued...]
It’s fair to say the term “Supercar” was invented after the release of this, the Lamborghini Miura. Fifty years later we visited the place where it got its name to drive the iconic legend.
It’s a poster car and a movie star (who could forget The Italian Job). The Lamborghini Miura literally is a legend in its own lifetime but there’s one thing about its history that quietly slipped under the radar. Until we sat with the Miura family that is.
For generations, the legend of the Lamborghini Miura has been that company founder Ferrucio Lamborghini was such a fan of Spanish bull fighting that it provided the impetus for his supercar company. It helped that the fighting bull on the badge would go opposite the prancing horse used by his arch nemesis, Enzo Ferrari. But that’s not quite how it came about. [To be continued...]