Miura SV v Countach

Well I’ve been waiting to pen this blog since returning from Italy and sending these images off to Classic Cars magazine

Another European magazine shoot and this one will be hard to top for me… To set the background to the two cars and indeed my blog title for this one here is the sub heading from this months article…

“Italian industrialist heir Gianfranco Innocenti bought himself the last Miura SV Lamborghini made, then replaced it with one of the first Countachs. We drive them in their Modenese homeland”

This was the second day of a two day shoot. We already had shot the Countach for an epic restoration article (see my blog here) and the final day we had to shoot  both the cars before flying back to the UK that early evening.

Also to give you some back ground to these extraordinary cars please view the video found on Simon Kidstons site which introduces the original owner and the then Lamborghini’s test driver. Really is worth a watch as this is all tied in. Click here to view the video.

The temperature was rising and both myself and Sam were waiting at the garage which had worked on the Miura so we could take it and join the Countach before the shoot. Eventually we hit the road about 10 am, four of us (including Valentino Balboni – if you’ve not watched the video link above then watch it !) the Miura, Countach and an Audi A3 hire car!

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The first port of call….. filling them up as we had about 45mins drive to get to the ear-marked location for the shoot. This image on the right was how in Italy its perfectly normal to make a single carriage way into two lanes especially when driving Lamborghini’s.


After driving we arrive at the foot of some hills and so it was time to swap drivers around and to get the show on the road…no pun intended!


(again excuse the poor copy of the mag…you need to get your own copy and enjoy the images in print 🙂

The opening DPS was shot well into the day and I didn’t think they’d use this static as an opener but I kind of like it… laying flat on the floor in 35+ degrees heat … hard life 😉



The original image above and another from slightly different angle…


I tend not to post process images too much if I don’t need too but I did add a little of my own filters to this job as I felt it just added a little flavour to the images and I’m pleased the magazine ran with it…

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Just seeing these quick images (taken on my phone!) of the article …. man thats shocking but you know what I liked this job so much I don’t care 😉

The one image for me that quickly became my choice of an opener was this one below which never made the article…


There was many images that didn’t make it which I’ll show a few on this blog but for me I just liked the solid white line and the smooth roads which helped keep the Countach pin sharp.


This one they did run with and cropped it down to almost a square… As I right this I can still feel how the small Audi boot felt but just the sound coming from the two cars, the sun etc etc …. great memories…. but it got better…


Again another shot that never made it… As we only had a small window to shoot the cars we didn’t really have loads of time to shoot from different angles ….. which stopping for an hour for lunch as that was the Italian thing to do didn’t help but when in ‘Rome’ … well nearer Modena and all that. (By the way the food was pretty good 😉


This one above soon became on e of my favorite images from the shoot and pleased that it made it. I’m leaning out of the Miura and we were giving it a few beans I didn’t want to as ever drop my camera but also as this Miura is valued between £2mil – £2.5mil I didn’t want to let my camera make contact with the body work…. could you imagine!!!!!

I mentioned before that I do as little Photoshop work post as possible and that’s needed. Well this image I felt needed a little tidy up! Below is the original one which shows telegraph poles and a bloke with a bright orange top in the distance… I felt this needed to be as clean as possible in order to keep your eyes on the cars and the road.


Both images were sent to the mag but again pleased that they ran with this one 🙂

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A couple of images again that didn’t make the final article but again I’m just trying to get different angles to show off both cars whilst being in one of the subject cars.

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The two images that are used of the side profiles. These are un-cropped and full frame and just goes to show the file sizes you can get from the D810.


Same run as the one above but just as we were going through some towns.


This was the very first frame as I’m sat soaking in the suns rays whilst sitting in the boot, feet out almost touching the road. Never used again but just like the buildings and atmosphere of the location.


Sam’s driving shot that was used and me below grabbing a selfie 🙂 on me phone…. (with double chin….nice 🙂



This picture was honestly taken as a quick snap crossing the road from the restaurant which we stopped at for lunch. Never took it in mind for submission for the article but just goes to show….

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Just a few details of the two cars…. some used and some that were not included.

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This for me was the best bit of the day… I needed to get a picture of Valentino Balboni at the wheel of the Countach. This was the last shot we needed for the article and so I got my 6’3″ frame into the some what small 70’s cockpit. I snapped away as we headed back on the 45min journey to the garage befiore heading to the airport.

I’d done my work, all finished and so I then got a quick selfie with Balboni….as you do 🙂


The I sat back and enjoyed the ride and sound in what is one of my earliest dream cars as a young lad of the late 70’s / 80’s …

Here is a short video of the drive whilst my camera was wedged between my feet. Must say as well I couldn’t find the seat belts but later found them behind the seat and you couldn’t get to them….

Anyway turn you volume up as much as possible and enjoy 30 seconds of V12… (ignore my face… I was just a giddy little kipper)


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Just a few more images of the Miura…

One more image that didn’t make the final cut…


Well for me this was two days of fun, yes it was ‘work’ and when the work is getting to meet people like Balboni, getting a ride with Lamborghini’s chief test driver of 45 years, well that doesn’t happen that often does it!

Great experience, pleased with the images, a few stories to tell…

One happy lad…. until next time and the next adventure


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