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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
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
inaugural
African Rally Champion
1981
Succeeded by
Walter Röhrl

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New Vision
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:18:45 -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 ...

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:01:51 -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 ...

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

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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:33:45 -0800

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The Star
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:12:55 -0700

Chager has two Safari titles under his belt, which is three shy of the ones collected by legendary Shekhar Mehta, but clinching the third one is not too much to ask given his alluring form lately. It will also be interesting to observe what Duncan has ...
 
Economic Times
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:12:09 -0800

Munshaw-Ghildiyal has a section in her book devoted to Chandra Shekhar Mehta, her family's 'maharaj', their Brahmin cook. "He knows about Gujarati food from beyond our region, but he has also learned from all the women in our family, so he is a ...
 
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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:36:54 -0700

Kisumu-based Jaspreet Singh Chatthe navigated by Craig Thorley in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 RC2 car won the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) section in the Sasol Rally South Africa to take the continental series lead jointly with defending ...

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SDE Entertainment News
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:52:30 -0700

Shekhar Mehta popularised the Datsun, the car of the late '70s, early '80s before Bjorn Waldegard began Toyota's ascent with a Celica TCT in 1984. Back to that first Safari Rally in 1953. Cars competed over the worst roads in East Africa, yet no ...
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