Since this global lockdown began over a month ago, I’ve been keeping myself busy with my arsenal of vintage cameras and lenses. I’ve cooked up remote photoshoot plans that would guarantee a few long walks and tinkered with my currently misbehaving gear. I’ve been reading more, researching the rare stuff, and experimenting with legacy lens on my DSLR. I also drove my Abarth-engined 1985 Autobianchi A112 more than I usually get to.
Horacio Pagani found himself in an equally strict lockdown in Modena and decided to show us how to remain in good spirits by enjoying our favorite possessions, no matter how simple they may be.
Like Alejandro De Tomaso, Horacio Pagani left Argentina for Italy, but not before growing up in a small town called Casilda, where the only inspiring car in the mid-1960s was a red Jaguar E-Type Roadster. Riding a yellow bicycle, young Pagani would follow this E-Type to the owner’s favorite parking spot, only to spend hours taking in every line of this British masterpiece. Ultimately, he ended up spending all his savings on its Bburago model equivalent.
In 1983 and at the age of 28, Horacio Pagani moved to Italy, starting at Renault Sport before making his move to Lamborghini, and then founding his own car company in 1992. Before turning 40, he also got to buy that childhood dream of his, a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Roadster in red.
On the die-cast side, the Pagani collection grew to around 120 car models, including quite a few of the Porsche 917, Horacio’s favorite race car. There’s also a fleet of mopeds, and 917 coffee mugs picked for each morning. When the 917 logo becomes visible at the bottom, it’s time for a walk with Pagani’s two happy German Shepherds.
And to top off this tour, Horacio also jumps into the 800-hp Pagani Roadster BC, pressing the emotion button for our viewing pleasure: