“Body by Lamborghini, High Fidelity By Alpine” – those were the words written on the poster of the red Lamborghini Countach that I had on my wall when I was a kid. I stared at that image day after day for years hoping that one day I’d have one of those iconic machines in my garage. It was a lofty goal for sure, but hell, if one doesn’t have aspirations then what’s the point of living right? I also had a poster of a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, a car, that in my opinion, is the most beautiful automobile ever produced. You see for me Lamborghini wasn’t just a car company, it was THE car company. Their body designs were impractically sexy, their power plants were wonderment’s of engineering and their exhaust notes… well, let’s just say that those were conjured up by the Gods above.
As a moto-journalist I am very fortunate to have had the privilege of driving just about every type of automobile out there. I’ve run a $750,000 Gumpert Apollo on the racetrack, flown through the air in off-road trophy trucks and raced a Porsche GT3 RS in a week long endurance race against some of the best drivers in the country. I’ve also dragged my knee through corners on two-wheels at 130 mph, took a swim in an Amphicar, and traversed the country in a 43 year old muscle car. What this all means is that I enjoy my job. It was also about to get better thanks to a phone call I received a few weeks ago from Rob Ferretti, the Chief Operating Officer of Gotham Dream Cars.
Now for those of you that don’t know, Gotham Dream Cars is the premier rental agency for high end exotics on the East coast, with locations that cater to the New York Metro area and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Their rentals range from cars like the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, all the way up to super exotics like the Ferrari 599 GTB and Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Roadster. In short, if you want to drive the best of the best, then Gotham Dream Cars is where you go.
Back to the phone call… Rob explained that he had an open seat for one of Gotham’s Dream Car Tours and asked me if I would like to tag along. Obviously my answer was yes, but little did I know that this tour was going to be one of the highlights of automotive career. You see the standard (if you can call it that) Dream Car Tour consists of an afternoon driving around in some of the most desirable automobiles in existence on some of the best roads that New York State has to offer. There are six cars to choose from that range from a Ferrari F430 to a Bentley Continental GT, which means there is surely something to fit your fancy. Upon arrival to the GDC warehouse however, I was informed that this was not going to be the standard tour, but their uber exclusive Legends Tour.
Gotham’s web site clarifies the Legends Tour as the following: “The Legends Dream Car Tour is Gotham Dream Cars’ new series, built around its award-winning Dream Car Tour events, that puts enthusiasts directly alongside some of the automotive world’s most famous driving legends in a fleet of exotic sports cars.”
What this meant was that I was about to be placed behind the wheel of five of the most beautiful Lamborghini’s in existence along side one of my hero’s, Lamborghini’s Chief Test Driver until 2008, Valentino Balboni. Balboni has worked with Lamborghini since 1968, which means he’s helped in the development of just about every raging bull the world has ever seen. Cool right?
The day started off with me piloting a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera and ended with a wonderful stint behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Roadster. In between I drove three other bulls, sat side seat with Valentino Balboni talking about the in’s and out’s of the original Lamborghini Miura, and all this was done while ripping up some of the best driving roads in upstate New York.
What one needs to understand is that Gotham Dream Cars is not a rental car agency, but a business that specializes in automotive fantasies. Think that’s going out on a limb? Well, let me explain something here. Gotham Dream Cars arranges for you to drive with some of the most famed drivers on the planet Earth, pilot some of the most amazing automobiles ever created, have a wonderful meal, while at the same time mingling with some of the nicest petrol-heads around. They treat their clientele with professionalism, courtesy and respect and make sure that you receive white glove service from the moment you arrive on their premises. Now of course there is a cost associated with this, however when you consider what you get, where you get it and how it’s delivered to you, I can assure you that it’s money well spent and a proverbial bargain.
… just BS’ing with Valentino about all things Lamborghini.
When the tour was over we were all debriefed on the days events, talked a little bit and were then brought into the front of the building where we received a little goodie bag complete with personalized autographed photos of ourselves with Mr. Balboni. The days experience was exhilarating and amazing and now falls into my “Top 5″ list of automotive experiences. As for that picture with Valentino, well… let’s just say that it’s now hanging on my wall of fame right next to the one of the day when I bought my 1968 Dodge Charger.
Who says dreams don’t come true?