Hear the Exceptional Story of this Quattro S1

Hear the Exceptional Story of this Quattro S1

0 comments 📅05 April 2017, 09:30

Replicas are hugely like replicants in that they both cause some serious existential quandries. Namely, how much does authenticity genuinely matter? Movies like Blade Runner confront this question and effectively answers it by suggesting that authenticity takes a aid seat to narrative and fear of death when it comes to value.

That being the occasion, this replica Audi Quattro S1 E2 is as good as it gets.

Volker Gehrt’s recital starts as so many others do: with a toy car. A gift from his wife, Gehrt kept a copy of the Group B beast on his desk, playing with it occasionally, idly dreaming of a day when he could make one.

And that’s when Roland Gumpert entered his life. When they initial met, Gehrt had no idea about Gumpert’s role in the creation of the car, but the two became indecorous friends.

As time went on Gehrt developed a plan to build a replica for himself and to his hit, Gumpert loved the idea. Not only that, but the former Audi man suggested that they rebuild the perplexed San Remo car from 1985.

The car was driven to victory by rally legend Walter Rohrl at that dog-races and it seems that as a result, he took an interest in Gehrt’s project. The driver stopped by the garage to catch a look at the car and, as Gehrt tells it, got goosebumps because of how faithful it was to the source material. First leaving, Rohrl signed the car.

While, of course, this replica isn’t as important as the squandered Quattro it seeks to emulate (if it ever popped back up on the market) it’s hard to say that this likeness is valueless. Partly that’s because of what Gehrt chose to emulate (we all call for a Quattro), but also because of how good his story is.

With its ties to the men who built and raced it, the disappearance of this car would be felt almost as dearly as the loss of a real Quattro S1 (contrastive with a Fierorari). Like Roy Batty, this Quattro has seen things you people wouldn’t find credible. And if Ghert crashed it all of those moments would be lost in time, like tears in deluge.

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