Diary gives deep insight into the personal highlights as well as into the disappointments of the life of Walter Roehrl Year by year, Walter reviews his career starting with his first rally in 1968 in a Fiat 850 Coup , going through his double world championship titles in 1980 and 1982, and right up to his life today as a Porsche test driver Many inside stories recall a time which will never return Author Wilfried M ller also brings out the difficult R hrl, his often unbalanced personality and his legendary obstinacy The photography is also a key element of this book Collected by Reinhard Klein from many different archives, the majority the images have never been published before Walter R hrl himself said after having a look at the book I have not seen 95% of them myself, simply amazing....
|Title||:||Walter Röhrl Diary: Memories of a World Champion|
|Publisher||:||McKlein Publishing Auflage 1 1 Dezember 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||195 Pages|
|File Size||:||690 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Walter Röhrl Diary: Memories of a World Champion Reviews
"'I didn't really know why I was so fast and it didn't really interest me.'" Not exactly the words one would expect from the 1980 and 1982 World Rally Champion, a veritable legend in his field who was voted by his peers Driver of the Millennium (2000)'--Röhrl himself picked Timo Makinen'--and Best Rally Driver of All Time by 100 of the world's motorsports experts. Another thing you wouldn't expect to hear him say is "'I have not seen 95% of them [the photos in this book] myself, simply amazing!"' This is thanks to the vast archive German rally photographer and publisher Reinhard Klein began to amass 25 years ago and from which many of the photos in this book stem. Most of them have indeed not been published before.This book is the English version of Röhrl''s German book "Aufschrieb". With the help of co-author Müller he presents a first-person account of his almost accidental start and initial disinterest in the sport, his life in professional racing and now testing/development (for Porsche), his relationships with colleagues and competitors, and his thoughts about racing and life in general. Röhrl had a legendary reputation for being moody, difficult, not giving any quarter, and saying pretty much exactly what was on his mind'often enough to his own detriment. This edginess is certainly evident in the book but there is also a surprisingly candid self-awareness of his challenging people skills. Lest anyone think that a book that is biographical if not autobiographical could not possibly be an accurate portrayal of the man there are also 10 essays by friend and foe that shine an outside light on his life. These essays, incidentally, are accompanied by 10 paintings in color of rally scenes by Georg Baumhakl, an accomplished landscape, portrait, animal, and motorsports artist.The highs and lows, the daily grind, the traveling, the time away from home, the stress of being cooped up in a hot car for hours with a navigator who gets on your nerves, the friction between being famous and wanting to keep a low profile, the satisfaction in being good at what one does--'it''s all here. Year by year, from the first rally in 1968 to his current job as test driver for Porsche the book describes in much more detail than the title '"Diary'" would imply Röhrl''s experiences.This being a 'Klein book' the photos are a key ingredient to the story. Klein, it should be noted, took up publishing out of despair over no one else making the sort of fine books he himself was looking for. All the books that bear his imprint so far are top-notch in terms of paper, typesetting, design, and typography. The photos in this book come from a variety of sources and range from basic reportage-type documentary photo to all-out art you''ll want to hang on the wall. (DON''T tear up the book; you can buy photos on his website!) From crashing into snow banks to hoisting a beer with friends, the photos leave no facet of Röhrl''s professional life unexamined.Eight pages of statistics present data of the main events in which Röhrl participated. Signed copies are available from the publisher.Full review at
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