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It’s Not Every Day You See an Icon Driven by a Legend

Bryce Womeldurf March 14, 2016 All Things Hoon 10 Comments

Valentino Balboni driving a Miura

Over the weekend, I attended the Amelia Island Cars & Coffee and their 21st annual Concours d’Elegance. While there on Saturday, my wife and I were waiting to be shuttled to our parking area, when a Lamborghini Miura drove by a few times. On one pass, I captured some photographs of it approaching on the straight and rounding the corner.

Later that night when looking through the raw files, the driver’s head and face, for some reason, looked very familiar. When I zoomed the image up to full size, I recognized him immediately.

It was the retired legendary Lamborghini chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. Can someone help me get my jaw up off the floor?

  • Rover 1

    Just wow.

    And in the most beautiful and flawed Lamborghini too.

  • dukeisduke

    The first time I saw Balboni (on TopGear, I’m pretty sure), I thought, “This guy doesn’t look Italian – he looks like someone I’d see at Walmart, or at the drugstore.” But, he’s definitely distinguished looking, and definitely a legend.

    • JayP

      He was in Dallas, ‘er Plano a few years ago at Lambo of Dallas to show off his Balboni Edition. It made the local news too.