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Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary: Not just fast Audis to some of us

Philip Hedderman

Published 10/05/2013 | 10:49

A close-up view of one of two Lamborghini cars owned by the Italian Police, in Milan.  (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A close-up view of one of two Lamborghini cars owned by the Italian Police, in Milan. (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Lamborghini sport cars owners check their cars on May 7, 2013 in front of Milan's Sforza castle in Milan on the eve of the first leg of a 1,200km Grand Tour through Italy to mark the 50th anniversary of the carmaker. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Lamborghini sport car with the 50th anniversary logo is parked on May 7, 2013 in front of Milan's Sforza castle in Milan on the eve of the first leg of a 1,200km Grand Tour through Italy to mark the 50th anniversary of the carmaker. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Various Lamborghinis sit parked in Castle Square on May 7, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
Eve of Italian Tour (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Lamborghini sport car owner drives his car to the start parking on May 7, 2013 in front of Milan's Sforza castle in Milan on the eve of the first leg of a 1,200km Grand Tour through Italy to mark the 50th anniversary of the carmaker. Over 1,200 km of Italian countryside will form the backdrop for hundreds of Lamborghinis, from unforgettable historic GTs to the latest futuristic supercars, which will arrive from every part of the globe and parade through the most beautiful cities in Italy until May 11 when they will reach their final destination, Bologna. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A detail of the light of Lamborghini is parked in Castle Square on May 7, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
Selection of Lamborghinis (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

Motoring snobs call them fast Audis but to die-hard petrol heads it's the iconic brand most of us will never get to drive, let alone own.

The name Lamborghini conjures up fond childhood memories.

The bedroom wall plastered with posters of a shiny black Countach which took pride of place beside the Farrah Fawcett red swimsuit shot of the same era.

The love affair lives on to this day.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Raging Bull a 350-strong convoy of vintage and new Lambos is running from Milan to the Lamborghini HQ in Sant'Agata, Bolognese over the next couple of days.

The most expensive convoy in automotive history - packing 190,000bhp - will stretch for over three miles with one in four of the parade cars being a historic model.

Not surprisingly the Gallardo – the marque’s most successful model - will make up the bulk (123) of the supercars on show.

Other beauties in the line-up include a fine collection of Aventadors, 36 Murcielagos, 21 Diablos, 17 Miuras, 15 Countachs, eight Espadas, six Urracos, five 400 GTs, three 350 GTs, two Jaramas and one LM 002,

We may even see the odd tractor or two!

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