A weekend on ice for Automobili Lamborghini’s Polo Storico
Lamborghini Polo Storico in St. Moritz for its first outing of 2023 at THE ICE Concours d’Elegance
Automobili Lamborghini’s Polo Storico of started its celebrations of Automobili Lamborghini’s 60th anniversary by taking part in THE ICE motoring event and international concours d’elegance in the beautiful setting of the St. Moritz frozen lake. The Polo Storico-certified one-off Miura P400 S “Millechiodi” participated in the competition that took place against the backdrop of the mountainous Engadine region surrounding the Swiss town. Its famous frozen lake shed its role as a snow polo competition field for the weekend, to become a playground for the world’s most beautiful classic cars. Also present were the Iron Dames drivers from Iron Lynx Motorsport Lab for an ice-driving experience behind the wheel of a Miura P400 SV.
“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: 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, painted Blu Notte (dark blue). Following a series of Italian owners, in 1975 it became the property of Giovanni Sotgiu and Walter Ronchi, two important names in Lamborghini history because, in addition to their work at the “Lamborcar” dealership in Milan, they were the first owners of Bob Wallace’s Miura Jota. Precisely in the spirit of recreating the Jota, the two transform the 400 S, damaged in an accident, into something much more racer-like. After a huge investment their Miura, now painted in Verde Scuro (dark green), is ready. It used so many rivets to join the body panels that the name Millechiodi (a thousand nails), came naturally. The car was restored in 2018 and certified by Lamborghini Polo Storico in 2020.
“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, appreciating Lamborghini’s iconic first true “supercar” in a unique and unconventional setting.
For Polo Storico, the program of celebrations for Lamborghini’s 60th anniversary will continue in September, with a scheduled 60th anniversary Polo Storico Tour reserved for classic Lamborghini cars in Italy.