LFM Spotlight – Mr. Grasse’s Lamborghini Murcielago
Welcome to another edition of our LFM Spotlight series and we are happy to introduce you to Mr. Grasse, owner of a Gallardo Spyder and Murcielago Roadster!
What started of as a motivational poster on the wall, Mr. Grasse’s early experience in a Coutach gave him the goal of being a future owner of a Lamborghini. Having owing previous sports cars, he finally got the opportunity of owning his first Lamborghini; Gallardo Spyder.
Having a hard working attitude and perseverance to be successful in his business, those qualities shortly followed another Lamborghini car he invested in; a Lamborghini Murcielago!
This inspiring interview displays the birth and growth of a true car enthusiast and Lamborghini owner. Mr. Grasse also honors us with a tip on how to make your goals happen thorough his life experiences!
1) When was your first exposure with a Lamborghini that inspired you to get one?
My first experience being introduced to Lamborghini was just like everyone else my age (older than 40 ) with posters, hot wheels cars and of course television shows like Miami Vice. Like most kids my age, I had the side view red Countach poster on my wall.
What really got me was when I was 14, I was staying at a nice hotel with my family on vacation. We walked outside and there it was, the first Lamborghini I saw in person. I was so fortunate to see a Silver Lamborghini Countach with red leather interior. My jaw was on the ground and I must have done 5 circles around the car before the owner came out. I walked up to him and asked if I could take a picture. He asked “Would you like to sit in it?”. My face lit up like a Christmas tree with pure excitement! The 15 seconds I spent in that driver’s seat resonated my whole life. I can remember it vividly to this day.
That 15 seconds gave me a very lofty but attainable goal. This is why I never pass up a chance to let a young man or young lady sit in mine now. If they have the guts to ask me, I know I have the opportunity to impact someone’s life as mine was.
2) What made you get both the Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago?
I have always seen Lamborghini as a working man’s car. Over the years, the owners I have met usually have worked very hard in their life to attain a Lamborghini. I first started with a ‘98 viper GTS. I could barely afford it but I did and it made me feel like years of hard work has allowed me a “toy”. I paid it off and later looked at eBay and came across some expensive cars(you know what I’m talking about!). Just like everyone else, I was scrolling through to keep my dreams alive of owning a Lamborghini and I finally found one; A 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder with 4800 miles, selling for $110,000.
I thought long and hard. I had a guy who was interested in buying my viper which would put about $40k in my pocket plus I had literally worked the last 91 days in a row and saved up about $40k myself. That put me at $80k down, finance $30k. I figured about a $500 month payment plus insurance was going to be about $250 which is about $750 a month total. I pulled the trigger and got the Spyder. It was the best day of my life (next to my kids and fiancé ). I worked my butt off for the Lamborghini and it felt like an accomplishment!
Fast forward a few years. I’ve begun to create more success through my company and in turn made more money. Around Sept or October, I had my eye on a Murcielago at Lamborghini Houston. We were chatting back and forth and then my unfortunate accident happened. Two month of looking at my beautiful Gallardo in a disarray from the crash in my garage, I frankly couldn’t take it anymore. Called my guys in Houston and made a deal. Flew down and drove it 1000 miles back to Colorado! I wanted a icon! I wanted a V12! Murcielago was the last great version of Lamborghini’s V12 so it was a no brainer!
3) What are your favorite aspects about your Lamborghini cars?
My favorite aspects are the rarity. You never see them. The symbol of hard work behind owning one and the artistic beauty behind the power.
4) How many times a week do you drive your Lamborghini vehicles?
I drive whenever the weather is good and I try to drive them everyday that I can. I usually go to the gym about 7 or 8 each night which give me a escape from work. Being able to drive a 600 horsepower Lamborghini there every night, I can’t put into words.
I try to make at least 3-4 car shows a year locally and I always do the pike peak airstrip attack. Basically a big car show at the airport where you can go as fast as you can in a half mile. Last year we got the almost stock Gallardo to go mid 140’s. I expect the Murcielago will be mid 150’s this year.
5) If you have to choose, which Lamborghini(s) is(are) your all time favorite(s)
Hard, hard decision. I would have to go with what’s in my garage. But I really do love every Lambo that was ever made, including the Espada! I’ve driven an Aventador, Huracan, Gallardo, and Murcielago. Nothing compares to a naturally aspirated Lamborghini V12. NOTHING!
6) To anyone who wants to own a Lamborghini, what would you say to them?
Very easy question: Work hard! What does that mean? It means pushing yourself past the norms. 40 hours a week will not cut it. It means always striving for better. ALWAYS be a positive person, no exceptions. Make smart money decisions, you don’t need $200 shoes when your barely paying rent. Save money from each check, whether it’s $5 or $500. Always save some money. Baby your credit score. I can’t stress this enough. The world judges you on it, make it shine. I barely graduated high school. I failed at marriage my first time. I’m by far from perfect. But what I have always done is LEARNED from my mistakes and avoided making new ones that would impact me for years. Life is hard no matter how you cut it but determination, consistency, being positive, and hard work is the recipe for success.
Thank you Mr. Grasse for this interview and sharing your experience with your Lamborghinis!
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