A normal chap, a man who likes creating things. A good worker in the morning, and a man who likes enjoying himself in the afternoon.
One day in Modena I was entering a restaurant when I recognized Ferrari sitting at one of the tables. As I passed I tried to greet him, but he turned his head away and pretended to be talking to the person next to him. He was ignoring me! I used to have contact with Adolfo and Omer Orsi of Maserati, Renzo Rivolta of ISO, even Alejandro de Tomaso. But Ferrari never spoke to me again. He was a great man, I admit, but it was so very easy to upset him.
With the Lamborghini Aventador J, we’ve taken our brand’s DNA and distilled it to its purest form.
We already do a lot of business in Alberta with Lamborghini, with Lotus.
Golf has a big future. The right sport for the right people.
I looked at more than 40 golf courses all over the world, from California to Japan. Now I know how to do it myself.
When you stop working, you start to die!
I started motoring soon after the war, with a Fiat Topolino. I went through a large number of them, and soon I began to tune them, taking the displacement up from 500 to 750cc and fitting my own Testa d'Oro head to convert them from side valves to overhead valves.
I had an Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint first and a 1900 Super Sprint later, both of which were quite good. But I preferred the Lancia Aurelia B20. It was no more powerful than the Alfa, but much more sophisticated, more civilized. I had a number of Aurelias, over the years - six or seven, I guess.
In 1954 or '55, I got a Mercedes 300SL, the one with the gullwing doors. It was a remarkable car, a very progressive design for its day. No, I did not keep it. After two or three years I sold it to a friend. I had to try something new.
Later on, I had two Maserati 3500GTs. Adolfo Orsi, then the owner of Maserati, was a man I had a lot of respect for: he had started life as a poor boy, like myself. But I did not like his cars much. They felt heavy and did not really go very fast; normally 220kph [138mph], perhaps 230 on a cool day.
No, I never tried any of those. When they became available, I already had my own GT, and with my 12-cylinder engine I was playing in the first division - against Ferrari.
Well, in the early Sixties there was quite a number of designers and stylists to choose from. But Scaglione arrived at my place in a big shiny Mercedes, immaculately dressed and accompanied by a breathtakingly beautiful secretary. ‘Your car will be ready in a week,’ he told me. So I gave him the job. In the end my car was bodied in a ramshackle hut that hardly measured three or four meters long.
I had three or four of them. The Ferrari was a very good car, I must admit, the best I had had so far apart from the Mercedes 300SL. After I got my first Ferrari, my other six cars - Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Mercedes, Maserati, Jaguar were always left in the garage.
All my Ferraris had clutch problems. When you drove normally, everything was fine. But when you were going hard, the clutch would slip under acceleration; it just wasn't up to the job. I went to Maranello regularly to have a clutch rebuilt or renewed, and every time, the car was taken away for several hours and I was not allowed to watch them repairing it. The problem with the clutch was never cured, so I decided to talk to Enzo Ferrari. I had to wait for him a very long time. 'Ferrari, your cars are rubbish!'
When you drove normally,everything was fine. But when you were going hard, the clutch would slip under acceleration; it just wasn't up to the job.
This was the point when I finally decided to make a perfect car.
I knew what I needed to do to the automobile I wanted to build, but needed the best workers to help me, like I had for my tractors.
I had the luxury of working with some very good engineers. They listened to my ideas, then built what I wanted to my specifications every time.
One thing I tell all the young people around me is to remain approachable.
To start with, I bought a bigger clutch from Borg & Beck and had it fitted in the tractor factory workshop. Then we discarded Ferrari's cylinder heads, which were rather simple affairs with just a single overhead camshaft and 12 rockers. I had them replaced by heads of our own design with twin cam shafts. We then put the engine back in the 250GT and fitted six horizontally mounted carburettors, just like on the 350GT two years later. It was already quite a good car.
'Hey, Lamborghini, what have you done to your car?' they would ask me later 'Oh, I don't know' I used to answer with a grin!
One day in Modena I was entering a restaurant when I recognized Ferrari sitting at one of the tables. As I passed I tried to greet him, but he turned his head away and pretended to be talking to the person next to him. He was ignoring me!
Personally I thought it important to launch a new car every year to show that we were still here and very active.
Ferrari never spoke to me again. He was a great man, I admit, but it was so very easy to upset him.
I liked to take things apart when I was younger.
I fixed every mechanical thing on the farm to save my parents money.
I cut my honeymoon short, bought a lot of the war surplus vehicles I saw and brought both my wife and materials back.
I started building tractors for the local farmers out of old war surplus vehicles.
I started by building a tractor for my parents farm out of old war surplus vehicles I brought home.
After selling several rebuilt tractors, I was able to start buying materials to build and design my own tractors.
I saw a need and had an instinct of what people had to have after the war.
I always had a love of racing and got into racing myself by modifying Fiats.
Lamborghini is refinement, luxury and perfection.
Luxury sports cars did not offer what people were wanting or paying for, so I concentrated on what people really wanted from a high-performance sports car.
Look at what others are not doing with their products and perfecting it.
Lamborghini Trattori was completely self-sufficient, so I turned my interests to other industries.
I never planned on getting into the automobile-industry, but I knew a better car could be built.