Gallardo Granny: Watch 83-Year-Old Grandmother Hit the Track in Her Lamborghini
Here’s a video that brought a big smile to my face: an older Swiss woman tucks her long white hair into a racing helmet, then absolutely blasts around the race course during a track day. What is she driving? A rare 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale. This Gallardo Granny has great moves and great taste! Check out the video, then keep reading to find out who she is:
The driver who is delighting the internet is a business manager named Sonja Heiniger. And you won’t be surprised to find out this isn’t her first track day. In 2022, she made similar waves tearing up Italy’s Monza Circuit in her bright green Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Reporters finally caught up with her in Switzerland where she and three other women were in the middle of their own Porsche rally. Sonja was the elder driver, and says she has been hooked on sports cars since she was 18. But she admits she only began driving Porsches in 1997. For years, AWD Japanese cars made more sense for her budget and the weather in Switzerland. But once she could afford a Porsche, she fell in love instantly. By 2005 was racing regularly with the Porsche Club in Zurich.
She says the club is like her family and that no one minds when she wins. But track days with other clubs are a different story. She says other drivers will be all smiles in the morning, but are no longer on speaking terms with her by the afternoon. Sonja’s relationship with her cars is a bit different. Of her Porsche, she says she always talks to “her” before races and “scolds” her when she misses a gate during slalom racing.
Sonja says most racers look around the track for her husband. She must explain that she tried to get him into sports cars, but racing didn’t stick so now he waits for her at home.
I think what makes me so happy about this video is how clearly it illustrates that auto racing is a fantastic hobby that all kinds of folks from all walks of life enjoy. And if you disagree, I know a woman in Zurich who would love to race you.
Next, learn how Ken Block’s talented daughter raced his final car in a touching tribute, or watch Sonja driving her beloved Porsche in this final video: