The resulting unalloyed joy, as you'll see in the footage below, is priceless.

One of my defining moments as a budding car enthusiast came the first time I got to see a Lamborghini up close. I was out in Los Angeles visiting a relative with my mother and sister, and I took the change of scenery as an opportunity to look for more exotic cars than my middle-class Midwestern upbringing would usually encounter. We were on a walk, when off in the distance I saw – and heard – something extraordinary: An early '80s Lamborghini Countach, black with those bronze five-hole wheels, pulling into a parking spot. My mom still takes great joy in periodically retelling the events of that day, and as the story goes, I joyfully took off without warning, chasing the car down the street shouting "Lamborghini!" "Lamborghini!!" in my best eight-year-old Italian accent.

I must've still been adorable, because the owner not only let me sit in his car, scissor door open and ridiculous grin on my face, he left me playing around in its interior, nonchalantly telling me to shut the door when I was done. Just like that, he left, disappearing into a shop across the street. I can't tell you how long I sat in the car, or how many photos I demanded my mother take of me with my borrowed Bell and Howell, but I can remember being astounded at how low it was – I could crouch as if sitting on the bumper and still see over it! That was around 30 years ago, and I still have a couple of those dog-eared pictures.

Funnily enough, my memorable Lamborghini encounter is pretty similar to that of the young boy featured in this video. At age seven, however, Jacob is clearly ahead of the curve. As the story goes, his father left a message on Lamborghini Los Angeles North's Facebook page, asking if someone with "a kind heart" would help him help make his Lamborghini-fanatic child's birthday wish come true. And "come true" it did, with the dealership helping organize not just a ride-along in an Aventador, but also a small cavalcade of other Lambos, all of which all showed up unannounced at his house on Jacob's birthday. The resulting unalloyed joy, as you'll see in the footage below, is priceless.

As car enthusiasts, most of us have been lucky enough to have memorable defining car experiences, those fleeting moments in our personal back catalogs that have come to mean so much more than they first appeared to be. Thanks in part to the kindness of Lamborghini-driving stranger several decades ago, I still make a point of inviting onlookers of all ages in for a closer look whenever I am fortunate enough to have the keys to something nice.

I suspect after his grand, Lamborghini-filled birthday, young Jacob will grow to do the same when he's an adult... because that's how new enthusiasts are born.


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      Jimmy
      • 7 Months Ago
      Faith in humanity restored
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why am I crying.
      Manitou
      • 7 Months Ago
      Never get in a car with a stranger. Unless its a Lambo.
      hugewhitehog
      • 7 Months Ago
      Next year, he should ask for a visit from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models riding Clydesdale horses.
      d.hollywood
      • 7 Months Ago
      Something in my eye...be right back.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 7 Months Ago
      That leading image really says it all, doesn't it? teeth gone and all, but all ears nevertheless. Also, Batventador = winning
      ACURA23CL
      • 7 Months Ago
      That actually made me cry. Right in the FEELS! I would've LOVED something like that on my 7th birthday. I'm gonna do something like that for someone's kid someday.
      Ej
      • 7 Months Ago
      Idk if I'm a car guy or a cry baby, but that honestly did bring a tear to my eye.. That's awesome when people can go out of their way, really do nothing huge and make someone day a day to remember for the rest of their lives. That kid will never forget that moment ever.
      sperry
      • 7 Months Ago
      I don't know what it is about Lamborghini's and kids, but I also have a similar story. Must have been around 1987, when a neighbor purchased a white Countach (shortly before moving out of our neighborhood for greener pastures). Upon bringing it home, he let all the neighborhood kids sit in it and gave short rides around the neighborhood. I too was amazed by the sound of the motor, and just how low and wide the car was. It was like a space ship from the future. That's probably the day I became a "car guy"... it just took another 15 years before I realized it and got into racing. Ironically, I sorta loath Lamborghini's today as being over-the-top status symbols instead of being "true sports cars". But it's that level of overwrought design extravagance that really sticks in the mind of an impressionable kid, I guess. And it's nice to see that Lambo owners aren't all "millionaire rednecks" that like to spend big money on gauche cars... or if they are, at least they've got kind hearts. ;)
        Jim R
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sperry
        Kids are attracted to Lamborghinis because they're completely insane. A Lamborghini is the car you doodle on your margins in school, it's the awesome thing you wanted when you grew up. They're huge and loud and cartoonish and what little boy isn't attracted to loud and huge and cartoonish?
      AdamVIP
      • 7 Months Ago
      Great for him. I had to wait till my late 20s to finally find someone to let me sit in a Lambo. I actually think it was an auto gallery guy too. Supercar Sunday in Woodland Hills. He brought out an orange Balboni Edition. I was basically drooling in front of it when he opened the door and said have a seat. Its pretty cool how certain cars just make you happy by their mere presence.
      Evan Hayden
      • 7 Months Ago
      That was really touching. The Countach left a similar indelible mark on me as a kid, and it's nice to see these modern machines and their kind owners being so gracious to this kid and his family / friends. PS: Just for fun, here's me as a kid with some of my Lambo collection :-) www.flickr.com/photos/electrofreeze/1449520315/
      MANARC100
      • 7 Months Ago
      First Class people there. Really cool to do that for a little boy. He will remember that his whole life.
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