digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Shekhar Mehta
Shekhar Mehta.jpg
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


External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shekhar_Mehta — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
52756 videos foundNext > 

East African Safari Rally 1971 part2

East African Safari Rally (EAS) 1971, a great movie to highlight the Works Datsun 240Z. A dozen Works Datsuns took part in this event (1600SSS and 240Z). Z s...

East African Safari Rally 1972 part2

East African Safari Rally (EAS) 1972, a great movie to highlight the Works Datsun 240Z. With four Works 240Z and a bunch of 1600SSS Datsun took part in this ...

Rotary's TEACH Mission PRID Shekhar Mehta

Rotary's TEACH Mission PRID Shekhar Mehta.

PRID Rtn. Shekhar Mehta espousing the RI Theme: Engage Rotary - Change Lives

In his address to the members of Rotary E-Club of Bangalore District 3190, PRID Rtn. Shekhar Mehta explains and elaborates on the RI Theme for 2013-14 in his...

Our Pledge PRID Shekhar Mehta

Our Pledge PRID Shekhar Mehta.

Our Promise - PRID Shekhar Mehta

Our Promise - PRID Shekhar Mehta.

Shekhar Mehta Introduction

Shekhar Mehta Profile

PRID Shekhar Mehta Speech

IMG_2613 Shekhar Mehta, Director, Rotary International

52756 videos foundNext > 

2 news items

The Standard Digital News
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:10:33 -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. Mr Charles Anyanga ...

Africa Top Sports

Africa Top Sports
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:39:23 -0700

Shekhar Mehta a gagné 5 Safari (de 1979 à 1983) et Juha Kankkhunen s'est imposé 3 fois au Safari (1985, 1991 et 1993) et 1 fois au Bandama (1985). Björn Waldegård s'est imposé 16 fois en WRC jusqu'en 1992, l'année où il a pris sa retraite au niveau ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Shekhar Mehta

You can talk about Shekhar Mehta with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!