A motorsport icon at the Porsche Museum

A motorsport icon at the Porsche Museum

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“Genius on wheels” is the name of an exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen from March 14 to May 14, 2017 that honours rally racing legend Walter Röhrl on his 70th birthday.

Born on March 7, 1947 in Regensburg, Röhrl has had a strong bond with his favourite brand Porsche for his entire life. The first car he owned was a Porsche 356 B Coupé with 75 hp. Even as a factory driver with Ford, Opel, Fiat, Lancia and Audi, Röhrl cultivated his relationship with Porsche, including through rally drives in his own 911. Porsche secured the services of Röhrl – already a two-time World Endurance Championship winner – as a factory driver in 1981. Walter Röhrl is one of only a few drivers in motorsport history to have won world championship races in both rally driving and motor racing.

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Alongside a 365 B 1600 Coupé, the special exhibition in the Porsche Museum also features the Carrera GTS Rallye “Monnet”, the 911 SC Coupé San Remo and the 924 GTP Le Mans from 1981, plus a 911 Carrera 2 Cup racing car and the legendary Carrera GT. Röhrl’s rally career is also showcased by an item on loan from the Audi Museum: Röhrl has said that the Audi S1 Group B was “the most brutal machine of my rally career”.

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As an interactive feature of the exhibition visitors will be able to see and experience Walter’s speedy feet working the clutch and accelerator pedals.

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