The second installment of the “Lamborghini & Design” Concorso d’Eleganza event took place from September 19 to 21 between Venice and Trieste.
Organised by Lamborghini Polo Storico, thirty-six Lamborghinis produced between 1964 and 1991, as well as contemporary models all paid homage to the creative genius of the great Italian architect Gae Aulenti (1927-2012), who was born close to Trieste and internationally renowned for representing Italian design and architecture around the world.
Beginning in Venice on Friday and covering around 200 kilometers, the cars arrived at Portopiccolo, near Trieste, where they were exhibited to the public in the three main seaside squares.
Judging began on Saturday morning by a select international jury consisting of connoisseurs and enthusiasts of the Raging Bull brand. On Saturday afternoon, while the jury was deliberating ahead of the evening’s awards ceremony, the participants headed towards Trieste, where a huge crowd was waiting in Piazza Unità di Italia, literally invaded by the public, eager and happy to see an important part of Italian automotive history up close.
The scenic event continued through the streets and historic Trieste-Opicina hill climb and, after entering Slovenia, it ended with the return to Portopiccolo after covering some 62 kilometers of popular roads that provided enthusiastic Lamborghini owners the most pleasurable of driving experiences.
Best in Show – Lamborghini 350 GT
An impressive awards ceremony followed Nina Artioli, Gae Aulenti’s granddaughter and curator of the architect’s archive, speaking about some of the moments of Aulenti’s life.
The judges gave the title of Best in Show to the Lamborghini 350 GT, chassis #102, owned by a Swiss collector, and winner of class A “Front Engine Dawn”. The car, restored with the utmost care and completely respecting the original features, is one of the pillars of Lamborghini’s history as it was the first car to be sold by the car manufacturer to a private customer. Today, the 350 GT, #102, is the oldest existing Lamborghini production model.
The winners of the respective classes:
Class A “Front Engine Dawn”: 1964 Lamborghini 350 GT (chassis #102)
Class B “Rear Engine Revolution”: 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S (chassis #4863)
Class C “Longitudinale Posteriore”: 1974 Lamborghini Countach “Walter Wolf” (chassis #1120002)
Class D “Towards the future”: 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV (chassis #ZA9DE21A0XLA12178)
Class E “Modern Dreams”: 2016 Lamborghini Centenario Prototype (chassis #ZHWEC1478CLA00058)
Class F “New Frontiers”: 1987 Lamborghini LM002 (chassis #ZA9L00000HLA12065)
Lamborghini Miura P400 in the Italian Job
Lamborghini & Design – Special Awards
Lamborghini Preservation car: 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary (chassis #ZA9C005A0KLA12029)
Lamborghini Movie Star, for the car that best represented Lamborghini on the big screen: 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400(chassis #3586), for its participation in 1969 film “The Italian Job”.
Longest Journey: for the car that traveled the furthest, by road, to get to the Concorso: 1974 Lamborghini Urraco P250 S (chassis #15416), with 1,278 kilometers.
Longest Ownership: for the car that has been in the same family the longest: 1969 Lamborghini Islero S (chassis #6543), owned for 40 years by the same family.
Lamborghini Milestone: for the car that represents a milestone in Lamborghini’s history, the 1974 Lamborghini Countach “Walter Wolf” (chassis #1120002)