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Shekhar Mehta
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Personal information
Nationality Kenya Kenyan
Born (1945-06-20)20 June 1945
Died 12 April 2006(2006-04-12) (aged 60)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1973–87
Co-driver Kenya Rob Combes
Kenya Yvonne Mehta
Kenya Mike Doughty
Australia Lofty Drews
United Kingdom Martin Holmes
Teams Audi, Nissan, Peugeot, Lancia
Rallies 47
Championships 0
Rally wins 5
Podiums 11
Stage wins 13
Total points 229
First rally 1968 Safari Rally
First win 1973 Safari Rally
Last win 1982 Safari Rally
Last rally 1987 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire

Chandrashekhar "Shekhar" Mehta (20 June 1945 – 12 April 2006) was a Ugandan-born Kenyan rally driver. He won the Safari Rally a record five times (1973, 1979–82), including four consecutively,[1] and in 1981 finished fifth in the World Rally Championship.[2] A Kenyan of Indian descent, he was born in 1945 to a family of plantation owners in Uganda, and began rallying behind the wheel of a BMW aged 21.[3] In 1972 he and his family fled Idi Amin's regime to Kenya,[4] the year before he clinched his first Safari Rally title.

He was born in a rich business family, to Khimji Mehta and was grandson of Nanji Kalidas Mehta, scion of Mehta Group.[5] He married his sometime co-driver Yvonne Pratt in 1978 after a ten-year courtship, and they had one son, Vijay, in 1991.[6]

Through the most successful period of his career he drove Datsun cars. He won the inaugural African Rally Championship in 1981,[7] and the Cyprus Rally in 1976.[8] He was on the podium at the 1981 Rally Codasur, twice at the Acropolis Rally and three times at the Rallye Côte d'Ivoire. His career came to an end in 1987 after a nearly fatal crash at Rallye des Pharaons, Egypt while driving for Peugeot.

After his driving days were over he held various administrative positions at the FIA. He became president of the FIA Rally commission in 1997, and was re-appointed as interim President of the World Rally Championship commission shortly before his death. He died in London on 12 April 2006 from liver problems, hepatitis, and illness relating to complications from an old injury.[9][10]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
African Rally Champion
Succeeded by
Walter Röhrl


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72 news items

Avenue Mail

Avenue Mail
Sun, 20 Sep 2015 11:29:31 -0700

The programme started with lighting of the lamp by Chief Guest Rtn Shekhar Mehta. In his address, Chief Guest Shekhar Mehta, talked about Asha Kiran Project where each member can adopt a child by contributing only Rs 2100/- and send a child back to ...

New Vision

New Vision
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:28:24 -0800

Shekhar Mehta Awards 2. FMU Awards 3. FMU Presidential Life Time Awards 4. Most Outstanding persons of each Generation (50s-90s) 5. Recent Champions 2001-todate. Former Ugandan president Idi Amin has been shortlisted by local motorsport body ...


Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:56:15 -0700

Now Ireland's teetering. While the plight of the German Grand Prix raised eyebrows in the world of Formula 1, the world of rallying is well used to history and heritage being cast aside in favour of funding and fiscal security. The Safari remains the ...

Winding Road Magazine

Winding Road Magazine
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:00:15 -0700

Mechanical issues and accidents took out the rest of the field one by one until there were only two pilots left in the race: Tony Fall, who was driving a Peugeot 504 Coupe, and Shekhar Mehta, who was behind the wheel of a Datsun 1600 SSS. Both were ...
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Five-time Safari Rally winner, the late Shekhar Mehta, also won the continental title in the early 1980s while navigator Surinder Thatthi bagged the honourst with legendary Jaswant Singh of Zambia. Chatthe will be crowned the domestic title winner next ...

Providence Media

Providence Media
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:30:00 -0800

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The Statesman

The Statesman
Sat, 24 Oct 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Another person who has always helped is Shekhar Mehta of Rotary International.” Singh even started an NGO in 2007 called Liluah Swami Vivekananda Welfare Organisation but had to shut it down two years later because other members did not let him work ...

SDE Entertainment News

SDE Entertainment News
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:28:16 -0700

The winner and runners-up in that rally were locals; Germany-born Kenyan, Herrmann Edgar (83 today) and Shekhar Mehta, who died of liver complications aged 61 in 2006. Both were gassing a Datsun 240Z. Other cars playing catch up included a Peugeot, ...

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