His checklist of success and accolades in motorsport is prolonged, however one factor that doesn’t spring to thoughts when considering of Walter Rohrl is music, and extra particularly a music video. But right here we’re, in 2022 and with the profitable German rally driver centre stage in a video that was launched final month, entitled ‘The TF Track’.
This isn’t the primary time the worlds of motorsport and music have collided. Who may neglect 1997 Components 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve’s makes an attempt at a music profession when he launched Personal Paradise, which Autosport went to nice pains to take heed to.
Maybe fortunately, Rohrl’s participation on this video doesn’t even have him singing so we’re none the wiser as to his acoustic qualities. The five-minute-plus video has been launched by band, the Heizer Monkeys, and is an try at selling security on the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife throughout public days, or the ‘TF’ season.
The plot of the video follows ‘The Chosen One’ as he needs to sort out the well-known German circuit however requires steerage and coaching. Assume Anakin Skywalker within the Star Wars saga, simply with out lightsabers or the killing of younglings.
Ring-based YouTuber Misha Charoudin’s alter ego – Boosted Boris – spots the protagonist and sends him to Rohrl for coaching, which principally includes working up snowy hills and washing a automotive.
Rohrl’s efficiency all through is mostly a case of him wanting like a disapproving grandparent, with arms in pockets and a disgruntled shake of the pinnacle thrown in right here and there till ‘The Chosen One’ is prepared. And even then, he doesn’t crack a smile.
The 75-year-old isn’t the one motorsport determine to characteristic within the music video, with famend Porsche workforce boss Olaf Manthey exhausting to overlook in a marshal’s orange jacket, and there’s even a cameo from former Lamborghini works driver and FIA GT1 World Championship race winner Stefan Rosina.
The Heizer Monkeys themselves are additionally a race workforce, with drummer Leo Willert the reigning Porsche Problem Center East champion. Lead singer Joey Kotrie, who raced a 911 GT3 Cup on the Le Mans Basic, says the video is a way of making an attempt to generate respect for the Nurburgring.
“I cherished the ’Ring from the primary stroll across the automotive park throughout a TF day, however I actually had no clue,” he mentioned. “Extra particularly, I had no clue about what I didn’t know, and that after all could be harmful.
“The ’Ring is such a magical place, the individuals are so heat, and on a busy Saturday throughout TF there can typically be nearly a carnival vibe. However driving quick could be harmful.
“If individuals have critical crashes on the ’Ring and even worse on the native roads, there’s a danger of dangerous penalties, not only for the individuals within the automobiles, however for TF itself. TF is allowed to occur solely as a result of individuals respect the hazard.”
Picture by: Heizer Monkeys
As for the tune itself, it’s nothing to jot down house about, not being significantly catchy or memorable on this author’s opinion. With that being mentioned, proceeds from the tune will go to VLN race drivers’ charity EiFelkind which has been serving to disabled kids within the area for greater than a decade, and now could be aiding Ukrainian refugees. Actually not a foul factor, and neither is the participation of Rohrl if it could assist generate improved consciousness and security on the Nurburgring.
And who is aware of, possibly he shall be remembered as a lot for his temporary music profession as he was for his rallying.