Meet Ivan Fahey, the lucky winner of a 2014 Lamborghini Huracan. The 81-year-old self-confessed petrolhead had his name drawn from a hat at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, New Zealand. Fahey, a pensioner and avid motorsport spectator, described his reaction to winning the Lamborghini as exuberant, leaping into the air and celebrating like a schoolkid.
The giveaway was held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Highlands Motorsport Park, an esteemed motorsport facility owned by Tony Quinn, a self-made millionaire and pet food baron. The Lamborghini Huracan, a two-seater sports car known for its impressive acceleration, was purchased by Quinn in 2014 and fitted with a roll cage for participation in the Targa NZ rally. It has since been used as the track’s fast-dash car and hot-laps car at sister track Hampton Downs.
Fahey, who has always been a fan of motorsport but never had the opportunity to be on the track himself, expressed his gratitude for winning the Lamborghini. While he has owned various vehicles over the years, he admits that nothing compares to the thrill of driving a Lamborghini. He plans to take the supercar for leisurely drives and holidays, although its limited storage space makes carrying groceries a challenge.
Fahey had the opportunity to take the Lamborghini for a few laps around the Highlands track with professional driver Paul Blomqvist. He was thoroughly impressed with the car’s handling and performance, describing it as tight and strong despite its age. As someone who previously worked as a coach driver and operated a driving school, Fahey felt comfortable and confident behind the wheel of the powerful supercar.
Despite his newfound ownership of the Lamborghini, Fahey intends to continue pursuing his other hobbies. He enjoys cycling with friends on Central Otago’s trails and competitively sailing remote-control yachts. While the Lamborghini may not accommodate his bike or yacht, Fahey plans to remain active and engaged in these activities.
Fahey expressed his appreciation for the support he received from Highlands Motorsport Park and congratulated them on their 10-year anniversary. He commended the facility’s professionalism and regarded it as one of the best circuits in New Zealand and possibly the world. Highlands CEO Josie Spillane praised Fahey as the perfect recipient for the car, highlighting his longstanding support for the park and his special bond with a late friend who was a member of the facility.
In conclusion, winning a Lamborghini Huracan has brought immense joy to Ivan Fahey, a petrolhead who has always admired motorsport. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has allowed him to fulfill his dreams of driving a supercar and experience the exhilaration it offers. Fahey’s gratitude extends to Highlands Motorsport Park and owner Tony Quinn for their generosity and for making his dream come true.