He was the only Indian representative invited by Automobili Lamborghini to participate in its 50th anniversary grand celebrations for the flagging off of the ‘Lamborghini 50th Anniversary Grand Tour’ in Italy from May 7-11. Gautam Singhania’s passion for supercars and speed is of legendary proportions.
The iconic CMD of Raymond Ltd is a metaphor for adventure, passion and style. No words can possibly document the sheer thrill of driving a magnificent supercar across the undulating picturesque mountains in the heart of Italy. “It was a phenomenal event which saw 359 Lamborghinis coming together from 29 countries for the first time in history. Passionate individuals from different walks of life made the rally truly memorable.
Seeing so many car enthusiasts and wonderful cars from different parts of the world was thrilling. It was surreal to see 90-year-old men and women waving at the cars that drove by. That level of passion was simply touching. We drove across some of the most exotic spots in Italy like Tuscany. The Italian Police were the real rockstars of the event who escorted us. The 1,200 km stretch was marked by them at every junction which I felt was a commendable endeavour. All in all a once in a lifetime experience for any car connoisseur,” says Gautam with his characteristic charm.
One’s curious to know if there was any one car which really left an imprint on him at the epochal rally. “There was a fabulous Miura and there were some elegantly painted cars. A Japanese man had painted his Lamborghini Diablo GT chrome pink, which we would call ‘crazy’. Some of them had LED lights and others were studded with Swarovski crystals,” he shares.
The President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A, Stephan Winkelmann wore a Raymond suit at the launch of the Egoista supercar at the finale dinner. “I think it was great to see Mr Winkelmann in a Raymond suit. Raymond as a brand has been about cutting-edge technology and respect and Lamborghini too stands for quest and passion for quality and technology,” says Singhania.
The 2017 launch of Urus SUV was also announced at the event. “The Urus SUV looks very aggressive and I certainly look forward to its launch. However, I don’t think I want to acquire any new cars at this point. Duties are too high,” says Gautam.
Lamborghini, the brand had humble beginnings as its iconic founder Ferruccio Lamborghini was a farmer. “He started with tractors and created this incredible company.
Audi took over the brand in 1998 and since then the technology in these cars has leapfrogged to another level. It’s only when you actually drive these beauties hard on twisty roads across mountains that you understand what their technology is all about,” says he.
Currently, Gautam is practising driftng (a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner). “I practise drifting for one hour everyday,” he says.
The dynamic businessman constantly keeps myself updated with every happening in the automobile galaxy.