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Here's What Happened When I Tried to Visit Pagani's Headquarters

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author photo by William Byrd June 2017

In my first ever article for Oversteer, I staked the claim that you should always drive through Europe instead of taking the train. That is certainly the case if you would like to visit San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy. Just about the only reason I can find to visit the small Italian town is that it is home to the headquarters of Pagani Automobili, S.p.A., which is located about a half hour from Maranello and only 18 minutes from Bologna, home of Lamborghini -- making it the perfect stop on Italian exotic-car pilgrimage.

You all probably know the story of Horacio Pagani. Ironically, just like Ferruccio Lamborghini got his start arguing with Enzo Ferrari about how to make a better car, Pagani himself got his start working for ... Lamborghini. Specifically, he spent most of his time in their composites section -- and by 1988, he formed his own company, Pagani Composite Research, but continued to support Lamborghini. The rest, including big Mercedes AMG engines, is history -- and Pagani has produced some of the most amazing super-hyper-awesome cars ever. So I don't need to talk you into visiting them while you're in Italy.

But first, a word of advice: Heed their website's warning and book a tour. I did not, we just stopped along the drive to the Lamborghini museum. Here's what happens when you show up uninvited to Pagani Automobili S.p.A..

Driving down Via dell'Artigianato, you won't necessarily even notice the Pagani building behind the large fencing. After a couple of laps down and back I did notice this taking up most of the road...

Pagani Factory

The nice fellow driving was turning into the fenced-in facility, or was trying to, but I was in his way. At this point, I at least knew I was in the right place. I parked the diesel Toyota and sauntered up, sans appointment, to the front gate. There was no one working there, just a call button. Just before I pushed the button, the gate buzzed to life and opened. Oh, well they've heard of me obviously! I'm no Doug DeMuro, but clearly my reputation precedes me.

Not really, no, there was just someone coming out for a smoke break. Oh, hi. I mean buongiorno! The nice gentleman leaving, either not interested in dealing with me, or not understanding my broken Italian, sent me to talk to the lady inside. Where I saw all of this!

Pagani Factory

Pagani Factory

Which is about the extent of the showroom. There was a TV in the background with Chris Harris doing sideways things in cars. I was way too excited to notice if he was driving a Pagani, though he probably was. The nice lady reiterated that a reservation is necessary for the tour, as there is like this one guy who can conduct it. And he wasn't there. Understood -- and I appreciated the chance to drool all over a couple of amazing Zondas.

This article wouldn't be helpful without a quick guide on what you actually should do. Make an appointment! My visit was impromptu; I seemed to recall that Pagani had located his factory somewhere near Lamborghini's. It's incredibly easy to just input "Pagani" into Waze, and you, too, can get stuck outside of the gate like I did. (Although, according to their site, they must have additional slack-jawed tourists visiting, because they list a €15.00 "Show Room Only Without Reservation" option now. I got in for free, suckers!)

Heads up: According their website, between June 2 and June 18, "guided tours of the showroom and production will be suspended for museum renovations." So if you were, I don't know, going to be in Italy this weekend, you're out of luck.

If you do make it into the real tour, let me know how it was.

Based in Northern Virginia, William is professional writer and editor and acts as the Editor-in-Chief of Right Foot Down. He misspent most of his youth on tracks in the Mid-Atlantic, as well as killing cones in parking lots, and he once taught at a teen performance driving school.

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