At an Italian car show today in Austin TX, besides a great collection of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and other Italian classics, we were pleasantly surprised to find Valentino Balboni.
If you don’t know who he is, you haven’t been doing your reading for the past 40 years. Valentino spent 40 years with Lamborghini, rising from an apprentice to a position as chief test driver and ambassador for the company. He only left due to Italian Government regulations forced him into an unwanted retirement.
The picture shows him graciously signing cars at the show today.
He was a really nice guy, great to talk to, and so very much a tremendous part of the history of Lamborghini.
We were lucky to have him in town – this isn’t an opportunity that most people would have in 40 years of this hobby.
And the show was small and casual, so everybody got a chance to speak with him.
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