The 20th ‘Modena Cento Ore’ classic car rally once again played the perfect host to some of most coveted and glamorous of vehicles between 10 – 15 October with Italian marque Lamborghini represented by two vehicles from its Mudetec technology museum: a Jarama GTS and a 25th Anniversary Countach.
Taking in the beautiful scenery and some challenging routes, the classic ‘Cento Ore’ is an exhilarating journey which embraces circuit races, hill climbs on closed roads and unique evenings in some breathtaking locations.
Since it’s inception in 2000, The Cento Ore has combined luxury tourism and motor racing, organised by a passionate team of professionals from Scuderia Tricolore and Canossa Events.
The event is now considered by many to be one of the most attractive classic car rallies in Italy and took place for the 20th time this year with participants driving from Rome to Modena.
The eye-catching 1990 Countach 25th Anniversary is of significant historical importance and was the last model before production finally came to an end after 16 years of production.
Wearing it’s original Argento Metallizzato (silver-grey metallic) paintwork and the grey interior, the amazing Countach gave onlookers and media an automotive treat as the classic Italian negotiated the winding roads to the Emilia-Romagna region, most famous for the iconic Enzo Ferrari Museum.
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I’ve never driven a Countach before and I instantly fell in love with it. It is powerful and provides a pure driving experience without any electronic frills or more common equipment such as power steering. But above all, it’s fast. Surprisingly, it is also comfortable, and although it is tightly tuned, it cannot be called uncomfortable. Steering a piece of automotive history was a memorable experience for me.
The second of the Lamborghini pairing in the race was the lesser-known Jarama GTS, driven by Gerald Kahlke, Head of Communications at Automobili Lamborghini.
Unveiled at Geneva 50 years ago, the stylish Jarama often languishes in the shadow of the legendary Lamborghini Miura.
Nonetheless, the rare GTS has gained momentum in recent years with prices steadily rising, albeit nowhere near the gorgeous Miura.
Dressed in Tahiti Blue with a luxurious interior made of beige-coloured natural leather, this example is, without doubt, the perfect Granturismo of the 1970 and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.