‘Life is ridiculous’: Why two dozen Lamborghinis rolled through downtown Seattle

The high-class cars, their drivers and passengers kicked off a 700-mile tour of the Pacific Northwest — and sparked a little envy along the way. “We love it,” said one owner, a divorce attorney.

What do you get when you have two dozen Lamborghinis lined up in the ferry lot waiting to start a 700-mile luxury driving tour? A little bit of envy, perhaps, and a ton of awe.

“What an amazing day,” said Randy Hart, who was working construction at Washington State Ferries’ Colman Dock when the cars rolled in around 8 a.m. “I didn’t expect to see a car show. They’re beautiful vehicles. I love looking at them. I only wish my son was here.”

The cars and their drivers are all taking part in the Giro 2017 — Pacific Northwest, which costs nearly $13,000 to even participate in, and is billed as the “most anticipated Lamborghini event of the year.”

This year the five-day journey starts in Seattle, winds over the Hood Canal Bridge and through Astoria, Oregon, before ending up in Portland.

Alessandro Farmeschi, the chief operating officer of Lamborghini America, was driving the company’s flagship super car, the Aventador with 740 horsepower and a top speed of 217 mph.

The vehicle sells for about $440,000 which Farmeschi says is “reasonable for a unique car in the market.”

Seattle seemed a particularly meaningful place for the Giro to start this year, he said, because the company’s newest carbon-fiber technology is being developed at the Seattle-based Lambo Lab, in cooperation with Boeing and the University of Washington.

As onlookers swarmed around the vehicles and took pictures, the owners were proud and happy to talk about their cars, luxury Italian vehicles that start at $200,000 and stretch well up into the $700,000-plus range.

Roger Townsend, left, and Geoff Entress watch as the Lamborghinis board a ferry to Bainbridge Island on Friday. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

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