Reader’s Rides Featuring James & Kelly Kramer
Highline- Tell us a little bit about yourself (passions, hobbies, work related)?
JK- Aside from growing in my car collector hobby, I also am a competitive cyclist on the road & track including 17 state championships and 4 podiums at national championships. I used to be a pretty competitive golfer, getting down to a 3.8 handicap at one point, but rusty now.
Highline- Tell us a little bit about your collection and how you got into Lamborghini in particular?
JK- I grew up in a car family who primarily liked 50-60’s classic and muscle cars. Currently, I have a 1988.5 Lamborghini Countach 5000QV in white/red, a 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV Monterey Edition which is #20 of only 20 made in blue/cream, and a 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV roadster. We are building a new house which will house up to 12 cars and I am going to continue to grow the collection focusing on V12 cars, preferably more rare ones, and wanting them in all colors of the rainbow! I have gravitated towards Lamborghini because I like the aggressive and flamboyant nature of the brand.
Highline- If you can pick a favorite out of your collection which car is it and why?
JK- For now, it’s the Aventador SV roadster as it is the most outlandish look combined with the most powerful engine in an open top!
Highline- If you were planning on adding to your collection what would you buy and why?
JK- The future will see a Murcielago SV, a Ferrari F12 & FF, and an Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
Highline- We always see you with your wife and daughter at the car events. Are they really car enthusiasts or are they just coming along with Dad?
JK- No, they really are! My wife’s passion is her Mercedes G-Wagon and is a known entity in the community with Mercedes, and my daughter is truly an enthusiast and knows as much about exotics as most anyone. They drive my cars as much or more than I do!!!
Highline- What’s your impression of the automotive scene in AZ right now and is there something you wish someone would create (car event) that doesn’t exist now?
JK- I think it’s pretty healthy with people interested in exotics, muscle cars, JDM & tuners, classics and just a general interest overall. I love how many events there are as there is something just about every weekend. Scuderial SW’s putting on the Concours in the Hills and Cars and Coffee is my favorite, but it’s a bit sad that we lost the bigger version we had pre-last summer.
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