A couple of days ago we did a story on a guy in Grand Forks that owns a Lamborghini.Â I’m not a great car mind, but I’m pretty sure his is the only Lamborghini in Grand Forks.Â I at first doubted the newsworthiness of the story, wondering if people would actually care.Â My doubts were erased when, during the course of our interview with the owner, Roger, I counted 45 people walk up to the orange, 2001 Diablo and take a picture.Â 45.Â Roger has owned the car for less than a week and he said that’s been happening a lot.
Lamborghini (L), Roger (R)
Roger says the car goes about 220 m.p.h., although he admits to only driving it half that fast.Â The bottom of the car sits four and half inches from the ground and has a couple of blind spots that make it difficult to drive in traffic.Â Roger moved to Grand Forks in 1980 and is originally from South Africa and has a really cool accent.Â It’s very distinguished sounding and he easily could have been in one of the “Lethal Weapon” movies.Â Probably the one about the South Africans.Â Anyway, he answered all of our stupid questions and those of the curious bystanders for about an hour straight.Â I think he enjoyed all the attention.Â As did I.Â Two people asked me if it was my car.Â LOL.
Foreground, 2001 Diablo Lamborghini, Background, 2006 Chevrolet Malibu
Crazy car people Car enthusiasts probably realize that the engine for a Lamborghini is located in the back.Â I didn’t.Â When he showed us under the hood, I nodded my approval as if I knew what the heck I was looking at.Â I didn’t want Roger to know that I had limited car knowledge.Â I don’t think it worked.
A quick check of the internets shows us that a car of this nature can be bought for about $170,000.Â And ‘No’, I didn’t drive the car or take a ride in it.Â Those seem to be everyone’s first questions.Â Or third and fourth after “How much?” and “How fast?”
So to summerize, Roger is a pretty cool guy with a very cool car and he doesn’t seem to mind answering the same questions over and over and over again.Â Also, he didn’t seem very receptive to trading a 2001 Diablo Lamborghini for a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu.Â Whatever, Roger.