With racing legend Walter Rohrl recently celebrating his 70th birthday, Porsche will be putting on display at its namesake museum in Zuffenhausen some of the vehicles he has driven "as he established and cemented his reputation as the best and most versatile racer of his time in the world."
Born on March 7, 1947 in Regensburg, Rohrl has been closely associated with Porsche his entire life. The first car he owned, for example, was a Porsche 356 B Coupe that he supposedly bought without an engine. And even as a factory driver with Ford, Opel, Fiat, Lancia and Audi, Rohrl maintained his relationship with Porsche by joining rally drives in his own 911. In 1981, with two World Endurance Championship titles under his belt, Rohrl was recruited by Porsche as its factory driver, starting with the German Rally Championship and by driving a 911 at the Rallye San Remo in the World Rally Championship. Rohrl's contribution to Porsche continues with the developments of the 959, Carrera GT, and 918 Spyder which all bear his mark.
Scheduled to run from March 14 to May 14, the exhibition will focus on his collaboration with Porsche as its brand ambassador and test driver since 1993. And to kick off the event, Rohrl will appear at an autograph session with his long-standing co-driver Christian Geistdorfer on the day of the exhibit's opening.
On display for the entire duration of the exhibit will be a 365 B 1600 Coupe, the Carrera GTS Rallye “Monnet”, the 911 SC Coupe San Remo, and the 924 GTP Le Mans from 1981, plus a 911 Carrera 2 Cup racing car and the legendary Carrera GT. Also on exhibit will be an an item on loan from the Audi Museum: the Audi S1 Group B rally car that Rohrl calls as “the most brutal machine of my rally career.”