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Porsche congratulates Walter Röhrl on his 75th birthday
The two-time World Rally champion is as busy as ever
. If you are lucky enough to have his phone number, you’ll know that when you call him you are often greeted with the words: “I’ll call you back! I’m working right now.” And work he does – gladly, and of his own accord – even though he will turn 75 on 7 March 2022. That’s our Walter Röhrl. Not only was he crowned World Rally champion twice, but he is also one of the only drivers ever to have won world championship rounds in both rallying and racing. He was victorious in every class or series – whether TransAm, IMSA, hill climbs (Pikes Peak) or in the German Touring Car Championship. Röhrl is regarded as the world’s greatest rally driver of all time and, at the same time, he’s known for his honesty, being someone who always says what he thinks. Röhrl has been a
He is still on the road a lot today – predominantly for ‘his brand’,
For Röhrl, work also means looking after his own fleet of vehicles, which includes a number of classic 911 derivatives. Incidentally, his first vehicle was a
40th anniversary of the 1981 rally season, the
However, the keen skier and cyclist is not making much of a fuss about his platinum celebration. “I’m going to go skiing that day,” he reveals, confessing that he has always felt a little awkward about award ceremonies in his honour. Whether he will be able to fulfil his wish to have more time for himself over the next few years is debatable – considering how active he is. “I’d like to get my old cars out a bit more often and visit friends,” he says. One thing’s for sure, his schedule for this year is already booked up.