The 50th anniversary of supercar manufacturer Lamborghini is being celebrated at July's CRC Speedshow with at least six of the exotic vehicles creating a special display for Kiwi Lamborghini fans.
The Italian marque was first established in May 1963 and, this year, a year-long celebration commences in Italy on 7 May and includes hundreds of vintage and modern-day Lamborghinis parading over 1,200 km of Italian roads.
The array of Lamborghinis at CRC Speedshow will include examples of the 1960s' star model Miura; the Countach which started production in 1974 and its long-running successor, the Diablo; the so-called baby Lambo', the V10 Gallardo; the bigger V12 Murciélago, produced from 2001 to 2010; and the most recent and very striking Aventador.
Ross Prevette, managing director of CRC Speedshow, is excited about the opportunity to recognise the success of one of the world's iconic automotive brands at this year's event which runs from 20 to 21 July at the ASB Showgrounds.
"Lamborghini is one of those car marques that car enthusiasts drool over so it's a real honour to assemble a display which represents many of the Lamborghini models residing in New Zealand."
Lamborghini is represented locally by Giltrap Group's Independent Prestige. General manager Greg Brinck of the Auckland exotic car dealership says CRC Speedshow will form a significant part of the 50th anniversary activities in New Zealand.
"The CRC Speedshow Lamborghini display will complement a driving event we ran in Taupo for members of the New Zealand Lamborghini register – there are around 150 Lamborghinis here – and our activities at Rod Millen's Leadfoot Festival in Whitianga," says Brinck.
"Also in March, Lamborghini will reveal a special new model at this year's Geneva Motor Show to recognise the 50th anniversary of the company, so we're all looking forward to seeing this new Lamborghini."
I want to build the perfect car' declared Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini when he decided to create the world's most beautiful and powerful super sports cars at Sant'Agata Bolognese in Italy's Emilia Romagna region. The extreme, no-compromise, authentically-Italian concept has always distinguished Lamborghini as an automotive brand of excellence. With production still centred in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Lamborghini is represented in 45 countries through a network of more than 120 dealers.
Running for the seventh time in July, CRC Speedshow also features the 50th anniversary of the formation of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd with Bruce McLaren the anchor of a special Kiwi legends of speed' display. New for this year's weekend-long automotive extravaganza is the Castrol EDGE / Teng Tools Custom and Classic Show which features more than 50 of New Zealand's finest customised cars, pickups and motorcycles, and the multiple award-winning, gold-plated custom-built chopper called Nehme-sis being displayed for the first time outside the US.
News and information about the 2013 CRC Speedshow are regularly updated on the event website, www.speedshow.co.nz.