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Organized by the Polo Storico Lamborghini and held from Venice to Trieste September 19-21, the second edition of the “Lamborghini & Design” Concorso d’Eleganza featured 36 Lamborghinis produced between 1964 and 2001, on parade to honor the creative genius of the great Italian architect Gae Aulenti (1927-2012).
The procession filled roads, like the legendary Trieste-Opicina, and piazzas, such as the Piazza Unità d’Italia in Trieste, with elegance and beauty, while a select group of respected international judges carefully observed the undertakings in order to prepare their results in time for the awards ceremony, which took place before the gala dinner marking the end of four days devoted to the thrill and the pleasure of driving.
The 1964 350 GT, chassis #102, was named both “Best in Show” and the winner in the “Front Engine Down” category, thanks to the extreme care and absolute respect for original details visible in its restoration. In its day, it was the first car manufactured by Lamborghini to be sold to a private customer and, as such, is one of the keystones of Lamborghini history. What’s more, today the 350 GT #102 is also the oldest “standard-production” Lamborghini in existence.
Winners in other categories included: The Miura P400 S (“Rear Engine Revolution”), the Countach “Walter Wolf” (“Longitudinale Posteriore”), the Diablo SV (“Towards the future”), the Centenario Prototype (“Modern Dreams”), and the LM002 (“New Frontiers”).
Special awards went to: The Countach 25th Anniversary Edition (“Lamborghini Preservation”), the Miura P400, for its appearance in the movie “The Italian Job” (“Lamborghini Movie Star”), the Urraco P250 S, for being the Lamborghini that came from furthest away (“Driven from the furthest away”), the Islero S, for being the vehicle owned by the same family for the longest time (“Longest Ownership”), and the Countach “Walter Wolf” (“Milestone”).
The Riva Aquarama “Lamborghini” from 1968, the only Riva motor yacht to have been fitted with Lamborghini engines and the former private yacht of Ferruccio Lamborghini, received a special mention.
Rounding out the exhibition were 8 Ducati motorcycles: the 1946 ‘forefather’, the Cucciolo, accompanied by the Ducati 65, 1952, 125 TV, 1960, Darmah 900, 1978, Mike Hailwood Replica 1997, Monster 900, 1994, 996 Giallo, 2000, and the contemporary Panigale 25th Anniversary Edition.