Rohrl Returns to the Pikes Peak


The legendary Rally driver will once again head up the mountain in an Audi Sport Quattro S1.

If proof was ever needed that tall men can be great racing drivers then Walter Rohrl is that proof. At 6'6" he won two world rally championships, was selected by the Italians as the "Rally driver of the century," by the French as the "Rally Driver of the Millennium" and his footwork on the pedals, driving an Audi Quattro S1 in the San Remo Rally was forever immortalized in one of the greatest racing clips of all time. Click the link to see it. And now, age 65 and as a Porsche test driver, he will come back to the site of one of his greatest drives, the Pike Peak.

He is more than familiar with the route of the famous US mountain climb, having driven an Audi Sport Quattro S1 up the mountain in 1987, conquering the peak in 10:48 minutes and winning the event. It was a record never to be broken, since it was set on the old gravel road, which has since been partially paved. And when he returns this year, Rohrl will find that the whole way to the mountain top is paved, for the first time in the event's history. Rohrl will not take part in the competition itself but only in a demonstration run up the mountain in an Audi Sport Quattro S1 with 600hp form its five-cylinder turbo engine.

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