Although Vancouver has consistently been named as one of the most livable cities in the world, the cost of living is a tad pricier than most areas, and the city is lacking in one major service – Uber. However, one local supercar enthusiast is offering his own service, making daily commutes a little bit easier.
Co-founder of Convertus Kevin Gordon runs the Instagram account @drivenproject, a not-for-profit movement he created with the goal of inspiring and giving back to the Vancouver community. Gordon says he had dreamed of owning a Lamborghini since he was a youngster, but never had an opportunity to even sit in one until quite recently.
Five years ago, Gordon started a local technology company out of his downtown Vancouver apartment. Today his Yaletown-based team has grown to over 80 strong, making it one of the fastest growing start-up companies in the country. Kevin says that driving his car has been such an incredible and uplifting experience that he wants to share it with others to help show them that even the wildest of dreams are reachable if you are willing to chase to them.
Now that he’s acquired his dream car, he’s using the vehicle to give people rides in his 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante – free of charge.
He says created the ride-sharing service as a way to “connect with people.” Although some people want to pay for this luxury, any money he gets from riders immediately go to charity.
“As we were giving people rides, they were saying, ‘Hey can I compensate you for it?’ And that wasn’t something I wanted to do. Instead, we wanted to rake funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. It was always a charity that was well-aligned with the interest here. We’re taking people out and hopefully, making dreams come true.”
Riding around in a Lambo like this one is something that some people never imagined would happen to them. “It doesn’t feel real and it just takes your breath away when you’re driving it,” says Gordon. However, he says the best part of running Lamborghini Uber is the reactions from the happy passengers. From children to supercar lovers to grandparents and more, the free rides are bringing smiles to people all over Vancouver.
One passenger found the experience “motivational and inspiring.” While 12-year-old passenger Brandon could not believe his experience. “Sitting in the car, hearing the engine and everything. It was amazing!” The supercar is giving people nothing but joy.
“Getting this car is really fulfilling a lifelong dream and now it’s evolved into this bigger thing where I get people together and other cool cars come out and join as well.”
For anyone wanting to hitch a ride in the free Lamborghini rideshare, you can book a time through the car’s official Instagram account. For more information on Gordon, Make-a-Wish, or Driven Project, check out the social media pages below.
Kevin Gordon of Convertus