Date posted : June 20. 2011
Every year I try to visit the SpaItalia event on the famous F1 track in Belgium, normally I attend both Saturday and Sunday, but this year I couldn't make both days so I only drove down to Spa Francorchamps on Sunday ... and I was impressed with the number of Raging Bulls that were present, a very nice, varied collection of Lamborghini models were on display on the paddock.
This year Lamborgini Brussels was also present with a nice stand, no less than five Raging Bulls were on display, ranging from a classic Gallardo Spyder over a stunning LP570-4 Superleggera and a Murciélago LP640 right up to a rare dark grey Bicolore and a white Performante ... safe to say these beauties drew a lot of attention during SpaItalia.
This year SpaItalia celebrated De Tomaso as the Italian make, and naturally several Pantera, Longchamp and more classic models built by Alejandro De Tomaso were present, both as a static display and on the track, as SpaItalia is not only about show, most of the cars you can admire on the paddock later take on the track for a few spins on the famous F1 circuit.
But as much as I like a nice De Tomaso, my heart belongs to the Raging Bulls, so that's where I spent most of my Sunday, surrounded by cars like a classic Espada and it's smaller sibling the Jarama, but also three Urraco were present, two blue ones and a nice yellow one, both the early P250 variant and the younger P300 edition with the 3-Liter V8 engine.
There was no Jalpa, but many Gallardo took the drive to Spa, from the early 5.2 V10 models over their Spyder counterpart and Superleggera version right up to the current LP560-4 super car, in all kinds of shades from the sober grey to the bright orange metallic.
As nice as these cars are, most of the attention was grabbed by the select few V12 engines that were also there, the 40th Anniversary still remains an impressive car in his exclusive shade of green, and even better, a nice lavendar metallic Diablo SE30 was parked next to it, clearly showing the two limited edition V12 models. A more classic Diablo was parked near by, this one was finished in silver metallic and I'm sure I encountered these three V12 for some years now at SpaItalia.
If you know your Lamborghinis I'm sure you are aware of the legendary Miura V12, the first super car of it's kind for road use ... and a bright yellow P400 S model showed at in Spa, still one of the most sensual Raging Bulls ever made ... and a model that is becoming more and more appreciated over time judging by the staggering sales price of a Miura SV recently ... no less than $ 1.700.000 for a pristine sample, that's no pocket change in my opinion.
Remember the amazing looking Diablo SVR from earlier SpaItalia events ? Well the owner recently bought another Diablo, a bright white pearl metallic shade SV edition, this car looked really nice and was driven ferociously on the track. Later I noticed SVR style side skirts and I wouldn't be surprized he will mount a racing style rear wing on this car later on.
All in all the 2011 edition of SpaItalia was another success, some really amazing Raging Bulls were on show and from the other Italian car makers a stunning selection made their appearance in Spa ... I for one can't wait for their 2012 edition, and which Italian make they will celebrate next.
Text © Mark Smeyers - www.lambocars.com
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