Thursday, March 31, 2011

Our Gallardo Weekend

by Mike -

A few years ago I was offered the use of a new Lamborghini Gallardo for a few days by a local Lamborghini dealer. I accepted their offer and drove the car with my good friend all over the Santa Cruz Mountains one weekend.

During this adventurous weekend:

* We ran out of gas, when a Gallardo gas gauge says 1/8th of a tank it really means empty. This same thing happened to Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear in what looked like an identical Lamborghini, even the same color.

The gas filler opening in a Gallardo is about one inch in diameter so the gas container spout would not fit. We had to cut a plastic water bottle in half and use it as a funnel.

* We were followed by the police, in a small town, into a gas station (they just wanted to look at the car). Fortunately they did not see us speeding.

* We covered more than 250 miles in this Gallardo in two days of driving just going nowhere, arriving very quickly.

There are hundreds of Gallardos for sale at any given time and over the past few years used Gallardo prices have come down. It is not likely that these cars will ever appreciate but for the money they are a lot of fun now.

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