Accompanying the release of our new documentary Nato sotto il segno del Toro we offer you a look behind the scenes. Enjoy the new film and the article!
It is cold and foggy when I get of the train in Bologna. My colleague Mirko, who is on his way from The Netherlands by car, got stuck in traffic, so his arrival is delayed. Reluctantly I contact the museum, this is not how I wanted to begin this important appointment. Carmelo, the museums PR guy, reassures me there is no problem, ‘Il Dottore has not yet arrived either’. Twenty minutes later we are warmly welcomed at the entrance of the museum. Do we want a coffee, sure we do, our answer nearly comes on autopilot, our attention already captured by the incredible beauty in front of us. A Miura, a Countach, in the corner we spot an Espada, with a matching caravan! We feel like little boys in a toy shop.
We’ve only just finished unloading our camera gear from the car, when Tonino Lamborghini enters the premises. Il Dottore, the friendly, be it a little distant son of Lamborghini founder Ferruccio, politely shakes our hands. Makes it pretty clear he has about half an hour to help is with our interview. For a moment we feel disappointed, this isn’t what we came here for. We’re jumping to conclusions, there is more time in the afternoon. Relieved we agree to stick to filming the museum first and record the interview after lunch. ‘Whatever you need, just ask Carmelo’ and away he goes. Our shooting day has commenced.
The tractors, the cars, without any delay Mirko and I divide this very particular task. Spread across the museum floor. Shift lamps to light up the place perfectly, caress the flanks of the gorgeous sports cars with our digital eyes, the rustic forms of the massive tractors. A first prototype, check, the very first tractor, check, the Miura, double check. Concentrated we fly our drone above the museum. Overview, check. The small CineCars team runs like a well oiled machine. Tractor after car, detail after detail, by filming it all we discover the world of this museum. The history behind a very special human being.
In a tiny trattoria just around the corner we enjoy the stuffed pasta, the regional speciality. Sonia, the personal assistant to Il Dottore, reminds us to hurry up, Signore Lamborghini is on his way. Dressed in a meticulous dark blue suit with matching light blue tie Tonino takes his time for the interview. Tells us everything we want to hear and more about his museum and especially the subject to which the museum is dedicated, his own father, Ferruccio. ‘Lets start here’, he leads us to a display that tries to depict his fathers very first workshop. A work bench, some old tools and in the corner the rusty remains of what once was Lamborghini’s very first tractor. He relates on the Greek adventures of his dad during the Second World War, on the ingenuity of his tractors and on his stubbornness that founded the sports car division. ‘My father was going to show Enzo Ferrari exactly how a sports car had to be built.’
The distance we first experienced has made way for a catching enthousiasm. This is a son talking about his father, where business is pushed away by appropriate pride. Tonino’s son is introduced to us. Ferruccio Jr., a young lad of barely 25 years old, that just like his dad and granddad has entrepreneurship running through his veins. His new line of electric scooters will be on the market soon under the just as legendary name IsoMoto. An introduction that almost automatically leads to a second appointment. It is April when I travel to Bologna a second time. I arrive at a museum in mayhem. Despite some very recent maintenance at the staggering sum of 30.000 Euro’s, the Miura won’t move. The brake pedal got stuck somehow. A few furious telephone calls later, a hastily flown in mechanic quickly solves the problem. We are ready to go! Driving the red Miura that once was the personal car to his grandfather, Ferruccio tells me how sorry he is he never really got to know the man himself. ‘I was only two years old when he died, but I am ever so proud to bear his name.’ The rest of the Miura shoot goes without any further problems. This is exactly what the mostly static recordings at the museum need to lighten up the whole. This, and the very personal testimony of this young Lamborghini scion will make the documentary exactly that what we had in mind, an impressive document on an impressive man. Carried by those who were nearest to his heart. That’s how you make a movie!
Angelo van Schaik