Legendary rally driver Walter Röhrl has been inducted into the FIA's Motorsports Hall of Fame, becoming not only the first rally driver to receive the honor, but the first non-Formula 1 driver.

You're reading this site, so it's likely that you already know all about Röhrl, but here's a quick refresher just in case. Röhrl grew up in Germany and was initially a skilled skier before taking up rallying in his early 20s. He eventually appeared on the WRC circuit, driving an Opel for a number of years before switching to Fiat and winning the WRC title in 1980. He also won the title in an Opel in 1982 and was series runner up in the painfully cool Lancia 037 in 1983.


Röhrl began racing with Audi in 1984, winning his fifth and final Monte Carlo Rally that year. His final rally win came at the wheel of an Audi s1 Sport Quattro in 1985 at Rally Sanremo in Italy. Röhrl was also third in the championship that year, finishing behind fellow Audi driver Stig Blomqvist in second and the champion, Peugeot's Timo Salonen.

The German is best-known for his WRC efforts, but he has a number of other impressive racing accolades as well. He won his class at the helm of the delicious Porsche 944 LM in 1981 (a race in which he also had just a single co-driver, German sports car ace Jürgen Barth) and smashed the Pikes Peak Hill Climb record in 1987, becoming the first man to cover the 14.4-mile course in under 11 minutes. That was before the peak was paved, mind you.


These days, Röhrl spends his days as a Porsche test driver, lending his knowledge to the development team for the Carrera GT and Porsche 918 Spyder, among other Porsche road cars. In addition to the FIA Hall of Fame, Röhrl is also in the Rally Hall of Fame and the German Sports Hall of Fame.