The feeling I get when I put on a racing suit, a helmet and then just start the engine it always gives me goosebumps. When I change the gears from 1st to 2nd to 3rd to 4th the words of Walter Rohrl come to mind : “If you are driving this car your thoughts will be too slow.” And that is how it is. As you shift gears the car goes peng! peng! My name is Volker Gehrt I live in Thuringia, in the middle of Germany, and I drive one of the most spectacular racing cars that the world has ever seen, an Audi Quattro S1. About 12 years ago I was at a car show with my wife and we saw a vendor that had scaled models, and I said to my wife: “Oh look! there is an S1!” She replied: “You know what?” “Let me get it for you so you can keep it on your desk.” The model then sat on my desk for 3 years, from time to time I looked at it, played with it, thinking to myself how absolutely beautiful the real car was. With time I thought that there must be a way to build the car, I had to find a way to do it, Then came the time when I crossed paths with Roland Gumpert, who later became a good friend and associate. I can still remember exactly, when he sat in my office and the little model Audi was on my desk he looked at it and said : “Those were great times when these cars where racing, Mr Gehrt. ” At the time I had no idea that he had been the head of Audi’s Motorsport and the inventor of the Quattro. He kept this from me for a very long time, but when it came out we were again sitting in my office. By then we had moved onto a first name basis, I had the model Audi in my hand and said to him: “So Roland, wasn’t that a marvelous time with this car?” “Of course it was!” he replied. “We won a lot, with Stig Blomqvist” “with Michelle and Walter” So I asked him: “Roland, how about we realize this dream of rebuilding the car?” “Yes, that would be fun” He replied. “We have all the manuals, because I saw them on your desk” “I know some guys where we can source this and that” “Really?” I replied. “Yes, I have been researching this for a long time” He said. I thought it was sensational. He proceeded to advise me with more information and suggested that I build the 1985 Sanremo model, since it was lost. That model demanded to be re-built. as close to the original as possible. During the build, Roland Gumpert called one day to ask me if I was in my office, I replied that I was. “Make some coffee, you have a guest coming over soon.” He said. I asked who was coming. And he replied “Walter Rohrl is coming to look at your car” “to see how far you have gotten with it.” “What?! Walter Rohrl is coming?” I said. He told me to hurry up that Walter would arrive within the hour. I will never forget when he arrived he stood in front of the car and said “Mr Gehrt I feel like” “I am having a deja`-vu” “I am taken back to Audi Sport looking at my winning car.” That gave me goose bumps. Rohl continued “Look! I just got goose bumps looking at my winning car!” That is one of those stories that I will never forget. The car we built is so high quality and true in every detail, to resemble the original that whe the drivers come and see it they say: “Wow! This is exactly how my car was!” And when I imagine what it could have been to drive this car in Italy, through Tuscany perhaps even on gravel, the car pulling through Tuscany and behind it this huge dust cloud, that must have been the greatest feeling. And I think that is exactly where this car belongs.