My fascination with Lamborghini started way back when I was really into... Transformers. No not cars but instead the Hasbro toy commercial which was Transformers : Robots in Disguise. Of course I loved Optimus Prime but one of my favourites was Red Alert. An Autobot who transformed into a Lamborghini Countach. Upon Googling it there appears to be a few Transformers who changed into a Countach so hopefully my memory was correct for Hasbro's abuse of a model range.
What I loved about it, which was apparently hated by the purists, was the 25th Anniversary wing, # Spoiler Alert. Years on I wasn't really into cars... until I started driving. At the time Lamborghini had just been partnered with Audi and this brought out the first baby Lambo, the Gallardo and last real Lamborghini, the Murcielago. I did like the Murci but my heart fell for the Gallardo. I loved everything about it. It even made a friendship when someone I worked with said a Gallardo lived on a council estate near his girlfriend. Low and behold, he wasn't lying!
For an 18th Birthday present I was gifted the worst track day of my life in one. I had to drive 4 hours to the track for 5 minutes of driving on a small oval circuit. At the time I loved it but upon reflection my mum and dad were severely ripped off.
Who did I think I was! Goon!
This was circa 2008 as I was just finishing University and my girlfriend was the only thing on my mind at the time (a terrible choice was made here). Once I took up near full-time work I started expanding on my photography. Desperate to get photos I went to all of the shows and meets and did get to experience some wonderful people especially through the Piston Heads forum. One person being named Pete...
He was a nice guy who was more than happy for me to photograph his Diablo. The photos were horrendous but it got me started and from what turned out to be some really random set of circumstances based on the back of meeting Pete, which included fraud, harassment, GBH and a prison sentence I got to shoot more cars! FYI - those things didn't happen to me, ask me the story.
Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Roadster
From here I met PeteR (The R is important). As you can see both cars have the same plate. This stems from the quote from above. Peter and Christine were fantastic people, really friendly and up until the point the Piston Heads group dis-abandoned were close friends. This car was super rare and ended up being sold on. They also owned a Lamborghini Muricelago Roadster in a matching purple.
Lamborghini Diablo GT
Diablo's had a sort of running theme for me for a short period of time. With this super special race car edition. The story goes that a rich Russian oligarch was buying fleets of cars for his son and they were being emission tested in the UK before they could be exported to Russia. In the room was about 3 Diablos and there were another 4 due in if I remember correctly. This is the only image I still have from the day. Remember kids to back up regularly!
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 / Murciealgo Roadster / Supperleggera
I eventually ended up having my ultimate wet dream at work when 3 rental Lamborghinis turned up. This was back when you didn't see these sort of things on the road. Up until this point my photography was sub-par. Time to step it up and bring on the Urraco.
This was my first big shoot for The Book of the Lamborghini Urraco Book by Arnstein Landsem. It took ages to get it right and I remember being so terrified of the results but it was considered a knock out and to date, one of my proudest moments. This did open more doors for me and brought my first proper shoot with my original love, the Gallardo!
Lamborghini Gallardo Spider
Nowadays a shot like this would have taken me 20 minutes but I remember spending 2 hours on this shot and ran out of time to shoot anymore.
Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
Truth being told, getting into Diablos was always disappointing. They were ropey and not overly dramatic and since I had loved the Countach as a kid I was worried it would end up like the Diablo. Never meet your heroes and all that. Being honest my big hips couldn't fit where I sits and it was Italian in nature, the overall experience was incredible. I always wanted to go back and re-do this car and over the years it has come across my path but never my lens.
All was quiet on the western front for a long period with Lamborghini photoshoots. Regrettably no one owned one for a long period of time so they disappeared and up popped the prancing horse. I do wonder, if this moment hadn't of happened would I be into Ferrari's now? Yeah, I think I would have still turned in a Tifosi.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
At this point in time there were only a few supercars travelling around and very little in the form of the raging bull. Towards the end of this lull we did see the return of performance cars, right around the arrival of the 991 GT3. The first kick off for this was the Murcielago. Always wanted to experience one in the flesh. This was actually owned and operated by a 1 armed man!
Lamborghini Huracan Avio
Thick and fast now, the next Lamborghini I shot was the Special Edition Avio. Commemorated to the Italian air force, the Avio is decked out with all roundals, stickers and stripes required to be a road jet.
Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
Since 2014 I have been the photographer for the charity event Concorde Classics. During the show the audience pick the car of the day. This year it was the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster.
Lamborghini Museum and Factory Bologna, Italy
During this period I also travelled to Nice and whilst there made the short hop to Italy where I went to the home of the bull, Bologna! Being a proper nerd I did the full museum and factory tour and still have the Lamborghini branded headphones.
Always hated this image because Darren looked photoshopped in but I can guarantee you, he was there!
Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder
In 2020 a weird virus rocked the world called Covid, don't know if you remember that or not? During this period it was quite unclear what we were all meant to do... so I shot a Performante, was that right? This photo found itself all over the internet after being stolen.
Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
During Covid we had the Gold Rush of people buying and flipping everything, including cars. My first Lamborghini shoot during this period was the Aventador S Roadster.
Lamborghini Islero S
Followed by a Islero S. No, not the ice cream. This particular car was featured in the movie the Man who Haunted Himself featuring Roger Moore.
Owned by a friend of mine, this Aventador is exceptionally special to me as it was the first time I have ever been over 200mph in a car and holds a wicked story about how we did it.
We all have that car we have always wanted to see. Some seem such god tier we will never come across them. Like Koenigseggs, Paganis, Bugattis etc... for me it was the bloody Lamborghini Reventon! In all of my years I HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE until the 23rd of May 2023. Not a commissioned photoshoot but certainly one off my bucket list.
Doesn't really feel like a lot of cars? Well there has been more Lambos which don't hold a story so not to leave them out....