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NEW DELHI India -- Finest Kenyan Safari Rally driver Joginder Singh [top], my dear friend and photographer Natwarlal Chudasama [inset], and self admiring an Australian boomerang and photographs at the Nairobi home of Joginder (circa) 1965.


Joginder Singh really was a most successful Kenyan rally driver
NEW DELHI India -- On 20 October, the death anniversary of Kenya’s top Safari Rally driver, Joginder Singh, my dear friend and photographer, Natwarlal Chudasama, who lives in London, sent these photos when I visited Joginder at his home in Nairobi in 1965 and admired all his many awards, honours and trophies, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

Joginder liked a boomrang he got when he took part in the Austrial Southern Cross Rally and also competed in the Himalayan Rally.

Three-time Safari Rally winner Joginder Singh died at the age of 81 in the UK and I reported this news before most media did.

Simba ya Kenya, Singh was Kenya’s most successful rally driver, winning the African marathon twice when it was a round of the World Rally Championship.

Success on the Safari in the 1960s and ‘70s demanded exceptional mechanical sympathy allied to an almost unnatural understanding of East African terrain.

Just getting to the finish was an achievement.

Singh started 22 Safaris.

He finished 19 and won three.

The ‘Flying Sikh’ knew the African marathon as well as anybody.

But he knew how to get to the finish better than anybody.

He was a good friend and a great driver.

Joginder Singh and Shekhar Mehta took me on a short safari style drive in the bush to write articles.



They drove like crazy and had my insides hanging out.

(Wish I could trace those articles.)

I started to cover the rally in 1964 and joined the 'Nation' in Nairobi two years later writing and my first news story on the rally.

During the 'Silver Jubilee' celebrations in 1977, the only journalist to be honoured with the silver medal was yours faithfully.

I then became the Doyen of the Safari reporting team just before I then joined the 'Standard'.

By 1990, I lost interest as the event declined in stature.

Looking back I realise that I made many personal friends with drivers, managers and organisers, especially Bharat Bhardwaj.

Later on the sub continent I was also invited to report on Himalayan Rally in India a number of times.

Rally reporting is an important part of my journalistic career ... Cheers.



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