It has been 25 years since Walter Röhrl drifted up Pikes Peak in the Audi Sport quattro S1 and set a record that still stands today, in July the two greats will be reuniting. On July 8, Röhrl will be competiting in the famous hill climb, known as the Race to the Clouds, for the second time. Spectators in Colorado will be able to relive a milestone in the history of Audi Sport when Röhrl takes the wheel of the original Audi Sport quattro S1.
On July 11, 1987, Röhrl stepped on the accelerator of the nearly 600 hp Audi Sport quattro S1 and climbed the mountain in just 10 minutes and 48 seconds. No driver had ever been faster up the unpaved dirt road. It was a milestone in the history of the oldest hill climb in the United States and also a milestone for Audi. Faster times were recorded later, but only after paving of the course, which has now been completed, had begun.
Now, 25 years after his victory, Walter Röhrl is taking the “Monster” up the mountain for the second time on July 8. Not under race conditions this time, but it will still be challenging enough. The course snakes through 150 curves over nearly 20 kilometres and finishes at the 4,301 metre summit.