Destiny Kauffman knows what she likes when she sees it. Even if the object of her affection costs around $240,000.
“I love Lamborghinis,” said the Lacey teenager, flush with excitement after sitting behind the wheel. “I want one so bad.”
There was plenty of car and plane envy to go around Sunday at the fifth annual Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels show at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.
One could watch a restored red-tailed P-51C Mustang roar through the skies and imagine the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, our nation’s first black aviators in World War II. Or stroll on a section of tarmac parked with classic cars, glittering in the July sunshine like precious jewels.
Still, something about a modern-day status symbol like a Lamborghini Gallardo revved the vroom-vroom instinct of attendees.
Most commonly asked question?
“How fast does it go?” said Craig Gunn, who helps put the car on display for its owner, Bruce Bodine of Lakewood. “It (the speedometer) says 210, but I have no idea.”
They’ve never driven it that fast. And any customer exercising “Fast and Furious” fantasies would be in clear violation of the rental agreement.
That’s right. This baby can be yours to drive for $895 a day Friday-Sunday or $795 the rest of the week. Extra days are a bargain — $695 per. Additional details are available at drivelambo.com.
“We give customers a tutorial, show them how everything works,” Gunn said. “It’s really tight; it doesn’t handle like a normal car. It’s stiff; the wheels are wide. It’s kind of hard to turn when you’re going slow.”
But who wants to go slow in a Lamborghini? Those 560 horses must be tempting.
“It sure is,” said Gunn with a chuckle. “Everybody wants to go fast. We tell them to follow the speed limits.”
The previous owner learned his lesson. He wrecked the car at a track in Kansas after owning it less than a month. Bodine, who owns Maxi-Space Storage & Business Solutions, bought the car at auction in Seattle last year for half its worth. One of his tenants in the auto body business renovated it to pay off a debt.
“He does fantastic work,” Gunn said. “We decided to rent it out rather than sell it since we rent everything else.”
The ride is booked solid. Weddings, anniversaries, corporate events. And, of course, the most popular reason — showing off.
Gunn has witnessed the allure of the luxury temptress firsthand.
“Any time you have it out on the freeway, people are video recording it with their smartphone,” Gunn said. “I’ve been pulled over twice by the police.”
Was he doing anything illegal?
“Nope, they just wanted to look at it.”