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