A weekend on ice for Automobili Lamborghini’s Polo Storico

BY Sean Loo

You wouldn’t normally throw classic Lamborghini cars onto ice… right?

But, that’s not what Lamborghini’s Polo Storico club thinks. In line with the Italian marque’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the club has kickstarted its celebrations by taking part in the ICE motoring event and international concours d’elegance.

The best bit? It’s held in the beautiful setting of the St. Moritz frozen lake.

“The ICE was a great opportunity for Polo Storico,” remarked Alessandro Farmeschi, Lamborghini’s Global After Sales Director, “because it brings together leading international collectors and their extraordinary vintage cars in a breathtaking location. As Polo Storico, we are dedicated to preserving the history of our company and our cars by performing major restorations, as well as studying and officially certifying our cars of the past and helping our customers to fully enjoy the classic Lamborghinis they own.”

A highlight of the concours d’elegance was the Miura P400 S “Millechiodi”, a car particularly cherished by Lamborghini Polo Storico because of its special history and because it bears the increasingly-coveted Certification of Historic Authentication. This is a recognition issued by Polo Storico for vehicles modified during their period of use with ascertained history and historical significance.

This example, a 1969 Miura P400 S, chassis number 4302, left Sant’Agata Bolognese in November 1969 and was painted Blu Notte (dark blue). Following a series of Italian owners, in 1975 it became the property of Giovanni Sotgiu and Walter Ronchi, two prominent names in Lamborghini’s history. In addition to their work at the “Lamborcar” dealership in Milan, they were also the first owners of Bob Wallace’s Miura Jota.

When the pair bought over the Miura 400 S, it was not in good shape, having previously been damaged in an accident. After a huge chunk of change, the car was painted into Verde Scuro (dark green) and was ready to hit the road. The nickname Millechiodi (a thousand nails) came naturally due to the number of rivets needed for the bodywork.

“The difficulty of certification related to this car had to do with its specific ‘deviation’ from the original specifications,” added Farmeschi, “Actually, since these were not just impromptu modifications but specific ones carried out at a very high level and well-defined within a historical period, it would have made no sense to bring it back to how it was when it was new.”

Special guests of the Lamborghini Polo Storico activities were the Iron Dames team of women race drivers who recently debuted behind the wheel of the Huracán GT3 EVO2 at the 24 hours of Daytona.

Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting had the unique opportunity to drive the Lamborghini Miura P400 SV on the ice at St. Moritz.