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Sun May 24 11:12:53 SAST 2015

Lamborghini hits road on anniversary tour of Italy

AFP Relaxnews | 09 May, 2013 09:46
A picture taken on May 8, 2013 of one of the two Lamborghini cars owned by the Italian Police, in Milan. Two hundred and fifty vintage and modern Lamborghini cars will parade through Italian cities, starting from downtown Milan, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brand.
Image by: ©AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN

Hundreds of luxury Lamborghini cars powered through Milan on Wednesday at the start of a tour of Italy to mark the 50th anniversary of the company, which started out making tractors.

The 350 sleek roadsters with a combined horsepower of 190 000 formed a four-kilometre long convoy that began the tour from the Sforza Castle in Milan city centre and will end on Saturday at the company's headquarters near Bologna.

Drivers from 29 countries are taking part in the Lamborghini tour, which includes cars owned by the company and as well as aficionados, organisers said.

The biggest representation was from Britain, with 71 cars, followed by Germany, Italy and Switzerland with 30 Lamborghinis each.

Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Singapore, South Korea, Tunisia and Ukraine were also among those represented.

"Lamborghini has been the dream and the symbol of Made in Italy for 50 years," said company chief executive Stephan Winkelmann, adding that the tour "reflects the global dimension we have attained".

The tour will cruise through high-end beach resort Forte dei Marmi and Rome, as well as the mediaeval towns of Orvieto and Arezzo.

Lamborghini started out in 1948 as "Lamborghini Trattori", which has since been sold off, while the luxury car division was founded in 1963.

It now has 120 dealerships around the world and is part of the Volkswagen Group.

Dubai police last month announced they had bought a Lamborghini patrol car valued at $550 000 to reinforce an image of "luxury and prosperity" in tourist-heavy areas.

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