HARDIN — A group of 22 1960s and ’70s vintage Lamborghini sports cars will be in Hardin on Saturday, June 22. They will drive in the Little Big Horn Days Parade at 10 a.m., and then be on display from noon to 3 p.m.
It’s all part of Little Big Horn Days, a four-day celebration of Western culture and history presented annually by the Hardin Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.
“We’re thrilled to have these classic Italian cars on display as part of Little Big Horn Days,” said Al Sargent, chairman of the Little Big Horn Days Committee. “It’s not every day you get to see an auto show like this.”
The Lamborghinis, or “Lambos” for short, are being driven to Hardin by their owners from all over the United States and Canada as part of a touring trip to nearby Billings. The owners are members of an internet forum called the Vintage Lamborghini Garage (http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/VintageLambo/). This worldwide group has about 1,100 members (up from six when it started in 2002) and is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of vintage Lamborghinis.
One of the founders of the Vintage Lamborghini Garage is Jack Riddell, a Billings native and 1956 graduate of Senior High School. He currently lives in San Diego, but is making the 1,250 mile trip to Montana to participate in the parade and show. He will be driving his 1967 400 GT 2+2 model, which he calls an “IRA on wheels” due to its stellar appreciation in value over the years.
“It’s always great to show off our Lambos, and to catch up with each other,” said Riddell. He added that though he hasn’t met some of the group’s members in person, “We chat so much online, I feel like I know them extremely well.”
The Lambo owners also plan to watch the signature event of Little Big Horn Days: the reenactment of Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Little Big Horn Days is an annual multi-day event presented by the Hardin Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The centerpiece of the event is three reenactments (June 21, 22 and 23).