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Exhibition in the ZeitHaus

A Life in Racing – Rally Legend Walter Röhrl

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The exhibition "A Life in Racing – Rally Legend Walter Röhrl" presents the career highlights of a motorsport legend. A variety of original vehicles, special exhibits, and photographs offer insight into the personality and the exciting life of the man known as the "Rally Driver of the Millennium". The cult film "Vollgasakrobat" by Helmut Deimel featuring scenes from the motorsport career of the two-time rally world champion can also be seen in the ZeitHaus.

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FROM SKIER TO RALLY LEGEND

Even as a child, Röhrl's keen interest in a variety of sports played a pivotal role in his life. He learned to ski at the age of five, and was recognized as one of the top skiers in the region by the time he was 15. A good friend attracted Röhrl's attention to the idea of competing in his first rally. As a secretary in the diocese of Regensburg, Röhrl discovered his professional destiny working as a driver. His extraordinary talent as a rally driver emerged after just a few competitions. The newcomer soon won his first rally events and amazed the prominent competitors at the 1972 Olympia Rally with his agile, precise driving style. A contract signed with Opel factory paved the way for his remarkable career in rallying. Together with his co-driver Christian Geistdörfer, Röhrl wrote a new chapter in rally sports history. The Röhrl/Geistdörfer dream team won the Monte Carlo Rally four times in four different vehicles and took home two World Rally Championship titles. Today, at the age of seventy, Röhrl is a celebrated motorsports legend who still participates in historical rally events.

Original VEHICLES FROM VARIOUS RACING SERIES

The exhibition "A Life in Racing – Rally Legend Walter Röhrl" in the Autostadt ZeitHaus features a timeline illustrating an impressive rallying career. Visitors can see original vehicles including the 1972 Ford Capri RS Röhrl drove to an astonishing victory in the Olympia Rally, to the Audi Sport Quattro S1/E2 in which the legendary driver took top honours at the San Remo Rally in 1985. The exhibition is supplemented by items ranging from original pace notes with instructions for the rally route, to one of the racing bikes Röhrl used to stay physically fit for the rallying competitions. The 61-minute film "Vollgasakrobat" by Helmut Deimel offers ZeitHaus visitors a chance to relive exciting moments in the incredible motorsport career of the two-time world rally champion.