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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 April 12, 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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62 news items

Economic Times
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:11:15 -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 ...
Times of India
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:52:30 -0800

PATNA: Floral welcome, soap lather, happy claps, national anthems of Taiwan and India, and colourful events. Rotary International president Gary C K Huang and his wife Corinna had a grand welcome in the city on the occasion of Rotary Day celebrations ...


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:38:27 -0700

Others include Manu Chandaria, a businessman and philanthropist awarded one of Kenya's highest civilian honors; late rally champions Joginder Singh and Shekhar Mehta; and Seraphino Antao, who became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal at an ...
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:56:46 -0700

Isro's Mangalyaan made India proud when it successfully entered Mars orbit and MoM has proved that it is doing its job well when it captured its first images of Mars on Wednesday.Taken from a height of 7300 km; with 376 m spatial resolution, this ...

Business Recorder

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:21:22 -0700

Days later, team-mate Shekhar Mehta learned the same lesson while leading when the carefully-prepared game plan for his 205 T16 was spoilt by an inexplicable engine problem. Thankfully, Ari Vatanen's thrilling fight-back enabled him to recover top spot ...
The Standard Digital News
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:59:39 -0700

We are proud Kenyan men who have been brought up to respect tradition and its attendant rituals. Now why a certain mechanic in Kakamega would utilise his automobile mechanical skills on the human anatomy got many people baffled.

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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:48:45 -0800

Is the setting up of the new plant in India (at Bahadurgarh in Haryana) part of a concentrated effort to benefit from India's growing domestic market?Yes, we have a mid-term growth plan called GD100 in the run up to our 100th year anniversary in 2017 ...
Business Standard
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:03:13 -0700

This program would be launched tomorrow with 'A Million Books, A Million Smiles' campaign aimed at collecting one million books to build more than 1,500 libraries in government schools across India, Shekhar Mehta, chairman, RILM, said. The campaign ...

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