In the Eight­ies, the bed­room wall of Clas­sic Cars reader Matthew Bur­rup was ex­clu­sively adorned with Lam­borgh­i­nis. Three decades later his dream drives list is much the same – so we let him loose in a Di­ablo VT

Matthew Bur­rup’s dream drive list is star-stud­ded – but his affin­ity for lairy Lam­borgh­i­nis is strato­spheric. Will this wild, spe­cial-or­der Di­ablo VT send him to sev­enth heaven?

Classic Cars (UK) - - Contents - Words ROSS ALKUREISHI Pho­tog­ra­phy: LAURENS PAR­SONS

Early morn­ing, and Clas­sic Cars reader Matthew Bur­rup fid­gets ner­vously in the pas­sen­ger seat of our mod­ern com­muter wagon. ‘You know, I’ve been see­ing the num­ber 666 ev­ery­where in the build-up to this,’ he states, as we crawl through a non­de­script in­dus­trial es­tate in Pre­ston. The sky is a dull grey, do­ing its best to dampen our spir­its. Then we turn the cor­ner and there it sits out­side Amari Su­per­cars, daz­zling like a su­per­nova in all its spe­cial-or­der Yel­low Skirt Hic glory – El Di­ablo.

‘Wow, look at that!’ screams Matthew, prac­ti­cally ex­it­ing be­fore we’ve fully stopped. ‘It’s a colour only a Lambo could pull off, I mean it’s not for a shrink­ing vi­o­let is it?’ Sit­ting against a back­drop of su­per- and hyper-car roy­alty – in­clud­ing a Mclaren P1, nu­mer­ous Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­cans, an Mcmerc SLR and the world’s only road-le­gal Fer­rari Enzo FXX – the Di­ablo’s hue in­stantly ren­ders all other colours as dreary as the Lan­cashire heav­ens, en­sur­ing all eyes re­main firmly upon it. ‘The di­men­sions are in­sane,’ he adds. ‘And that rear view, with quad ex­haust pipes and mas­sive 335-sec­tion tyres is proper old-skool su­per­car.’

Pro­pri­etor Sheikh Amari greets us and has a dis­creet fiveminute con­ver­sa­tion with Matthew be­fore hand­ing over the keys and pop­ping the Di­ablo’s driver’s door for him; it swings open with a pow­er­ful sense of the­atre, in that trade­mark Lam­borgh­ini scis­sor style. Matthew low­ers him­self down into the Bianco leather-clad in­te­rior, slots the key in and there’s a chirrup of the starter mo­tor be­fore the big V12 fires with a hol­low bel­low and im­me­di­ately set­tles down into a deep, low bur­ble. You’re aware of the machi­na­tions go­ing on in the rear, ac­com­pa­nied by fans con­tin­u­ously kick­ing on and off.

Like many a Di­ablo new­bie the cen­tre-mounted seat­belt catches him out, but once en­gaged he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a pair of avi­a­tors. ‘I’m such a poser at heart,’ he ex­plains. ‘And that’s why a Di­ablo had to be on my list.’ It takes a cou­ple of at­tempts to dis­en­gage the hand­brake, and we’re off; only to stop a few feet fur­ther for­ward. ‘The mat’s catch­ing on the throt­tle,’ he ex­plains. ‘You know, I Googled Amari Su­per­cars, and read an ar­ti­cle about a pho­tog­ra­pher putting an Aven­ta­dor through its front win­dow not too long ago.’

Cau­tion be­ing the bet­ter part of val­our, we fi­nally crawl out onto Pre­ston’s roads. ‘I was con­cerned about a heavy clutch, but Amari re­as­sur­ingly told me this later 5.7 VT has as­sists on the clutch and gear change, mak­ing it eas­ier to get on with at low speeds. There’s no need for the ac­cel­er­a­tor as you pull off slowly; just let out the clutch and let it ride on the torque.

‘The throt­tle is heavy though, al­most like a safety fea­ture telling you “push down too hard in town and you’ll end up buried un­der­neath the lorry in front.”’

‘The heavy throt­tle is like a safety fea­ture to stop you bury­ing your­self un­der the lorry in front’

Matthew says the Di­ablo is the au­to­mo­tive em­bod­i­ment of his ex­tro­vert per­son­al­ity

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