Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has released a statement concerning the recent passing of Bob Wallace.
Wallace, who was Lamborghini’s first chief test driver, died late last week. Winkelmann commended him for playing an integral role in the early years of the Italian automaker’s existence. Wallace was the chief test driver for Lamborghini for 12 years from 1964 to 1975 and also served as a mechanic, playing a pivotal role in creating Lamborghini’s V12 engine.
“The news received today of the death of Bob Wallace hit me and all of us at Lamborghini and leaves us with a great sorrow,” Winkelmann said.
The chief test driver also helped develop the Lamborghini Miura, though the most famous vehicle he helped develop was the 1966 Lamborghini Miura Jota, which served as the basis for the production of the Miura SVJ despite being destroyed during a test drive.
“As the first test driver of the company, Wallace has played a key role in the early years of Lamborghini and strongly contributed to the birth of the myth of the Bull.”
Wallace was invited to Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary celebration at the automaker’s factory, but his health prevented it. However, he sent a video message that was played to the thousands of guests in attendance.
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