GTS gather for birth­day tour

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When Lam­borgh­ini has an an­niver­sary to mark, it does so in se­ri­ous style, and be­cause the Es­pada and Islero both hit their half-cen­turies this year, Lam­borgh­ini Polo Storico – the mar­que’s in-house restora­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion arm – or­gan­ised a near-800km (500-mile) tour to cel­e­brate.

Start­ing in Peru­gia on 7 Septem­ber, 20 Isleros and Es­padas fol­lowed a pic­turesque route criss­cross­ing the Ital­ian coun­try­side, tak­ing in the re­gions of Um­bria, Tus­cany and Emilia-ro­magna.

Two of the cars – a Blu Notte Es­pada Se­ries 3 and a stun­ning Rosso Amaranto Islero – were from Lam­borgh­ini’s mu­seum, the rest com­ing from en­thu­si­asts.

At the end of the tour, some of the pri­vately owned Lam­bos re­ceived spe­cial men­tion from Chair­man and CEO Ste­fano Domeni­cali, in­clud­ing a 1973 Es­pada that scooped an award for be­ing the car owned the long­est by a sin­gle keeper. This Bri­tish-owned S3 was bought in Jan­uary 1977 and used as a daily driver, and has since been re­stored and reg­is­tered for the tour to mark its own­ers’ golden wed­ding an­niver­sary.

A 1968 Islero S that be­longs to an English col­lec­tor was also sin­gled out for recog­ni­tion as be­ing ‘most faith­ful’ to Sant’agata Bolog­nese, be­cause it’s driven to Italy ev­ery year to be ser­viced.

The prize given to the car that had come the fur­thest to join the event went to a su­per-rare Es­pada Se­ries 2 – one of just 12 pro­duced in VIP spec – from Oslo, a trip of some 6000km (c3700 miles).

In all, 20 cars joined this evoca­tive an­niver­sary me­an­der through the mar­que’s home­land

Islero and Es­pada S3 from fac­tory mu­seum

Own­ers brought cars from across Europe

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