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Lamborghini’s First Test Driver Bob Wallace Passes Away

By   September 25, 2013

Lamborghini Test Driver Bob Wallace was Instrumental in the Development of the Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Test Driver Bob Wallace was Instrumental in the Development of the Lamborghini Miura

The very first test driver for Lamborghini, Bob Wallace, sadly passed away. The test driver was originally from New Zealand, but moved to Italy at the age of 21. After moving to Italy Mr. Wallace worked for various racing teams including Ferrari and Masserati. He eventually found his way over to Lamborghini where he would become an important part of the company.

When he first worked for the raging bull he worked on the companies top of the line V12 engines, but it didn’t take long for him to get behind the wheel of the cars. He was instrumental in the development and testing of the legendary Lamborghini Miura. He also helped take the Miura to the next level of performance by developing the 1966 Miura Jota which was important in the creation of the Miura SVJ.

Sadly, due to his health he wasn’t able to attend the companies 50th Anniversary celebration in May. However, he did provide a video for the celebration that was very well received.

Press Release

Sant’Agata Bolognese, 24 September 2013. Statement by Stephan Winkelmann, President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini:

“The news received today of the death of Bob Wallace hit me and all of us at Lamborghini and leaves us with a great sorrow. As the first test driver of the company, Wallace has played a key role in the early years of Lamborghini and strongly contributed to the birth of the myth of the Bull. We were sorry that he could not accept our invitation and come to celebrate the 50’ anniversary at our factory in May due to health reasons, but his words in a video message impressed all of the thousand guests. Automobili Lamborghini is close to his relatives and friends, and will honor his memory.”

Bob Wallace was the chief test driver for Lamborghini for twelve years from 1964 to 1975 and his competence and passion strongly supported the rapid growth of the company founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, in the 1930’s, at the tender age of 21 he moved to Italy where he worked for racing teams such as Ferrari and Maserati. Following on from his stint in motorsports, he moved to Automobili Lamborghini where he served as a mechanic who played a pivotal role in creating Lamborghinis range-top V12 engine.

Before long, he was road-testing Lamborghini’s developmental prototypes under the cover of night, where he’d frequently drive to 170mph on the Autostrada. However, Wallace’s influence at Lamborghini went much deeper than simply testing each car to roll off the production line, he also helped develop the Lamborghini Miura, a car many consider to be the world’s first supercar.

However, Wallace’s most infamous vehicle he helped develop was the 1966 Lamborghini Miura Jota, an unique piece which was destroyed during a test drive and which served as a basis for the production of the Miura SVJ at the factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese.

Video: Racing Porsches 911s And Lamborghinis At Pebble Beach

By   August 21, 2013

Historic Racing Porsche 911s and Classic Lamborghinis at Pebble Beach

Historic Racing Porsche 911s and Classic Lamborghinis at Pebble Beach

At this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance there was quite a celebration of both the Porsche 911 and Lambroghini. Both were celebrating 50 year anniversaries with Porsche celebrating 50 years of the 911 and Lamborghini celebrating 50 years of their cars. Because of this both had a very big presence at the event.

This video is of us walking around the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It contains footage of historic racing 911s including a 935 and Martini Racing 911 RSR. Beyond the rear-engined race cars it also has footage of cars from the “Raging Bull”, including Miuras and a Countach. The quality of all these cars are top notch as is to be expected at Pebble Beach.

Check out the video and then let us know which car is your favorite in the comments below.

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance In Pictures

By   August 20, 2013

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

This past weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance had quite the array of cars. From new concept cars to some very special classic cars. This year’s event was especially big for Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin as each had special anniversaries.

For Lamborghini it was a celebration of 50 years of the Italian supercar. To celebrate they had the Veneno concept at the event as well as the first Lamborghini concept car.

For Porsche it was a celebration of 50 years of the 911. Many historic and classic 911s were on display including the only known 901 prototype lest in existence. They also had the 50th anniversary edition 911 on display. Beyond the 911s the 918 Spyder was on display and showed the future direction of the companies technology.

For Aston Martin it was a celebration of 100 years of their sports car. The company had many vintage cars in the show. The also had a few concept cars at the event including the CC100 Speedster that was made to celebrate the companies anniversary.

Those are just a few of the great cars at this year’s event. There were too many to list, but we have posted a lot of pictures below. So, enjoy looking at all the great cars and let us know which ones were your favorite in the comments below.

Video: Jerry Seinfeld And Chris Rock Get Pulled Over In A Lamborghini Miura

By   July 19, 2013

Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock Drive a Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura is one of the first supercars ever produced. The mid-engined car is one of the most beautiful looking cars ever produced. Sure it was a great looking fast car that had one big problem. At speed the front end liked to lift a bit which made it so you had less control than you really needed. So, for the track, without some major modifications, the car was not the best performing or safest car.

None the less, the car is one of the greats and is one of the fathers of the modern supercar. In this video Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock take a drive in a Miura to get some coffee. The video is entertaining as the two drive the wonderful car and share stories. Jerry decides to show Chris that the car is actually quite fast and then they soon meet a local police officer.

Checkout the video to see the beautiful Italian supercar and to find out if the two comedians end up in jail.

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Jay Leno Shows His 1969 Lamborghini Miura S – Video

By   February 21, 2013

The Lamborghini Miura is often referred to as the first supercar. There are many other sports cars from the same time period that performed very well for the time, but none quite had the looks and performance of the Lamborghini Miura. The iconic car is the car that really started Lamborghini on the path to the company that they are today.

The above video features Jay Leno giving a tour of his 1969 Lamborghini Miura S. The video features Jay giving a tour of the car including a few tips that Miura owners soon learn. After the tour Jay takes a drive in the car and tries to give you the idea of what the car is like to drive.