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    Happy Birthday to Walter

    The "legend on wheels" turns 60 today
    Though I don't know him personally IMO he's one of the greatest champions of all times, not only because of his virtuosity behind the wheel but because he never changed his down to earth, straight on attitude - just like the nice guy from next door, not like a media product
    I wish him many many years to come (the start of his career as the chauffeur of a Bishop might have helped to connect him to a special Guardian Angel )
    Here's to you Walter

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    +1

    One of the greatest drivers ever

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    I have to join!

    Happy birthday Master Röhrl!

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    walter n*1

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    Way to go Walter!

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    Happy birthday Walter. Wish I could drive even 5% of what he can at 60.

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    Most of us has Walter to thank for honing and refining the handling characteristics of our recent Porsches. Happy Birthday Walter!

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    andrea said:
    walter n*1



    x2

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    Sixties today are like the 40's a few years back. Happy birthday.

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    Happy birthday Walter!
    Great driver!

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    Why is he one of the greatest drivers ever? Has he competed at higher racing levels or he is one because he is a Porsche factory driver? I know he was a rally driver and a good one but is that it?

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    Nick, he is a much better driver than you. That's why

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    easy_rider911 said:
    Wish I could drive even 5% of what he can at 60.



    So true
    He gave some funny interviews to the German press due to his birthday.

    Q: What is your target lap-time if you go for a "cosy" lap on Nordschleife ?
    A: I don't put a helmet on if it's > 8 minutes

    Other statement: "To drive a car has become a pain these days. Each time I'm driving (on public roads) I'm suffering from paranoia. I understand that there are all these traffic laws, but they are just not made for me"

    He's quite a character

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    Pentium said:
    Nick, he is a much better driver than you. That's why



    Walter is a slightly better drive than Nick , so he IS the greatest.
    BTW, on lazy sunny warm days , given a winding road with a commanding view of a sea or ocean in the background, I think Walter ( and I ) would much prefer driving that blue one he's sitting in .

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    nberry said:
    Why is he one of the greatest drivers ever? Has he competed at higher racing levels or he is one because he is a Porsche factory driver? I know he was a rally driver and a good one but is that it?



    Nick, rally as far as I'm concerned IS a higher racing level. Once you see what some of these drivers are capable of, you really do gain an appreciation of their skill. Remember, at the time he competed, some of the cars had over 600 bhp - most of us wouldn't be able to handle that on a paved race track, let alone dirt roads with a rock face on one side and a 1000' cliff on the other.

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    Porsche-Jeck said:
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    easy_rider911 said:
    Wish I could drive even 5% of what he can at 60.



    So true
    He gave some funny interviews to the German press due to his birthday.

    Q: What is your target lap-time if you go for a "cosy" lap on Nordschleife ?
    A: I don't put a helmet on if it's > 8 minutes

    Other statement: "To drive a car has become a pain these days. Each time I'm driving (on public roads) I'm suffering from paranoia. I understand that there are all these traffic laws, but they are just not made for me"

    He's quite a character



    I agree with him on the whole traffic law thing.

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    Crash said:
    Nick, rally as far as I'm concerned IS a higher racing level. Once you see what some of these drivers are capable of, you really do gain an appreciation of their skill.



    Maybe this vid helps Nick to understand....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QUlAnjMGPA

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    nberry said:
    Why is he one of the greatest drivers ever? Has he competed at higher racing levels or he is one because he is a Porsche factory driver? I know he was a rally driver and a good one but is that it?



    Good question, I never heard his name before seeing his highly unjustified elevated status on Rennteam.

    It's good though to see a man of his age still looking happy and healthy and still enjoy his driving.

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    Walter Rörhl was named Rally Driver of the Millenium and All-Time Best Rally Driver by his peers. Niki Lauda calls him "the genius on wheels".

    His greatest achievement is undoubtedly his 2nd WRC title in 1982, in which he drove a hopelessly outpowered (270 HP vs 355 HP ) and outhandled (RWD vs AWD) Opel Ascona to victory over the fearsome Audi Quattro armada.
    And he almost did it again the following year, this time in an equally obsolete 2WD Lancia 037.


    I challenge anyone who doubts or minimizes Walter Röhrl's superior skills to win Le Mans in Nick's 430 or the WRC title in his Mini.

    Oh, and anyone who disagree the World Rally Championship is THE most demanding driving championship can return to watching NASCAR, thanks.

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    nberry said:
    Why is he one of the greatest drivers ever? Has he competed at higher racing levels or he is one because he is a Porsche factory driver? I know he was a rally driver and a good one but is that it?


    He also had success in Trans Am and IMS GTO (part of the Camel GT series)........

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    happy birthday walter...the true champion is one who not only posesses amazing driving skills but is able to convey an engaging / acessible personality to his fans....that would be unlike recent 5 bazillion time f1 champ whats his name

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    Walter is a GREAT man and a GREAT driver!

    I meet him at the Ring and was really kindly,he stay with us talking about Porsche and Nurburing like an old friend..

    Happy Birthday Walter!!

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    Yes, congratulations to him. It actually makes me sad to see him approaching retirement age. I would have loved to get a ride with him in his glory days.


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    vinnie said:
    Good question, I never heard his name before seeing his highly unjustified elevated status on Rennteam.



    It seems as if you live at the end of the world. Oops, you actually do. If I wouldn't know better, I'd have assumed Nick did the same.

    You guys don't even know who Ayrton Senna was, do you...?


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    The Groom said:
    [...] Rally Driver of the Millenium and All-Time Best Rally Driver by his peers. [...]



    Exactly. By his opponents.

    But hey, what do they know about rallying...

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    Ferdie said:
    Yes, congratulations to him. It actually makes me sad to see him approaching retirement age. I would have loved to get a ride with him in his glory days.


    Quote:
    vinnie said:
    Good question, I never heard his name before seeing his highly unjustified elevated status on Rennteam.



    It seems as if you live at the end of the world. Oops, you actually do. If I wouldn't know better, I'd have assumed Nick did the same.

    You guys don't even know who Ayrton Senna was, do you...?


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    The Groom said:
    [...] Rally Driver of the Millenium and All-Time Best Rally Driver by his peers. [...]



    Exactly. By his opponents.

    But hey, what do they know about rallying...



    Guys, vinnie was just kidding. Look at the smilies.

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    Happy B-Day!

    I wish you can teach me how to drive as good as you.


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    easy_rider911 said:
    Happy birthday Walter. Wish I could drive even 5% of what he can at 60.



    Are you really that bad a driver Easy?

    Many Happy returns Walter.

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    Happy Birthday Walter!

    May I one day flick the tail of a Porsche, or any car, as effortlessly as you.

     
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