Memories of the year: Tackling the Col du Turini with Walter Rohrl

Memories of the year: Tackling the Col du Turini with Walter Rohrl

The Col du Turini, an Audi Quattro and an empty space in the passenger seat alongside Walter Rohrl... sounds like the makings of a day to remember. It was for AUTOSPORT editor Andrew van de Burgt

The view was picture-postcard. Virgin snow filled the treetops and covered the mountains that stretched into the clear blue sky. The hotel was typically 1960s Alpine; all wood panelling, dark corners and not a whiff of wi-fi to be had.

I kept breakfast to a minimum – a strong black coffee – as I knew what was coming up and the prospect of doing it on a full stomach was out of the question. Outside in the chill winter morning a gaggle of motoring journalists had split into small cliques, and the air was abuzz with nervous excitement.

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