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by Brett Davis

Porsche fans, get excited. Walter Rohrl is coming to Australia. That’s right, Porsche Australia has announced Walter Rohrl will be taking part in our famous Targa Tasmania road race this year.

This will be the third Targa Tas for Rohrl after taking part in the 1997 and 2000 events. He won’t be driving a typical fresh-from-the-factory Porsche 911 either, he’ll be driving a classic from the Eighties.

Walter Rohrl and co-driver, Christian Geistdoerfer, will be driving the same Porsche 911 SC that the pair drove in the 1981 San Remo Rally. The car has been restored and will race for the first time since the famous race 30 years ago. Walter Rohrl said in a recent statement,

“We only entered that 911 SC in one rally, the San Remo. It was a last-minute thing. Some engineers at Porsche helped prepare this car for me because I was without a drive.

“Then more than 25 years later Porsche informs me this fabulous car has been found in somebody’s garage. It has been restored and now we will bring it to Targa (Tasmania) in what will be a very special reunion.”

Rohrl and Geistdoerfer will be driving the car in the classic section of the rally, putting the 25-year-old SC through its paces for 2000km over the five-day event. Rohrl said he is looking forward to driving the car once again.

The car will be one of three specially-restored classic Porsches taking part in the event, including a 908/02 Spyder – a car that won the 1969 Targa Florio – which will be driven by Klaus Bischof, and a 718 RS 60 Spyder – 1960 Targa Florio winner – which will be driven Bernd Ostmann, Editor-in-Chief of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport magazine.

Targa Tasmania 2011 commences on April 5 and will finish in Hobart on April 10.