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Safari Classic Rally goes on as a mark of respect for JS Vohra

As the Safari Classic Rally fraternity struggled to come to terms with the sudden death in a grisly traffic accident of its fallen stalwart Jaideep Singh Vohra, the emotional phrase coming through the rally headquarters said:

"The decision to carry on with the event is what JS would want!",writes SAMSON ATEKA.

And as rally cars re-started Day 3 proceedings from Amboseli’s Ol Tukai Lodge in honor of JS Vohra, the rallying fraternity and friends of motorsports were paying tribute and condolences to the family and friends of the East African Safari Classic Rally Chairman and Director.

JS was driving his car when the accident happened.

Seated besides him on the adjacent seat was his fellow director Raju Kishinani with the latter’s brother seated at the back seat.

Raju and his brother cheated death and are reportedly in stable condition.

"With deep regret we announce the passing of Jaideep Singh (JS) Vohra in a road accident today (Friday). We believe that he would want the East African Safari Classic Rally to continue and we as organizers believe the 2017 event should continue in his memory.

"Our deep condolences to go to his family and friends," East African Safari Classic Clerk of the Course Richard Leeke wrote in a bulletin as news of Vohra’s death, broke on Friday morning at Ol Tukai Lodge in Amboseli.

Many motioro sport officials and including President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed their sadness at the passing of the rallying stalwart who had left behind a rich legacy of service in the hospitality and motorsports industry .

Until his death, JS was the National Chairman of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers.

  East African Safari Classic Rally Chairman and Director late Jaideep Singh Vohra | Coastweek

East African Safari Classic Rally Chairman and Director late Jaideep Singh Vohra.
As a member of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers Board of Directors he strived to Impart a wealth of industrial management experience to the association even in the days Kenya’s tourism sector was in the doldrums.

The Association draws its membership from investors in the Kenyan tourism industry was under performing and on its lowest ebb.

The board is a senior management organ of star-rated hotels as well as from airline catering sectors.

The board of directors draws its membership from various sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry.

Jaideep Singh or "JS" as he was amiably referred to as in social entities, was one of the Directors of the East African Safari Classic Rally Limited.

He succumbed to injuries after his vehicle lost control and rolled at Mishinani on the Amboseli - Namanga road shortly after he had set off to go watch a run of a rally stage.

Vohra, who is also Director of the Sarova Group of Hotels which included Panafric, Salt Lick, the famous Whitesands and The Stanley, was on the driving seat when he lost control of the car which rolled and killed him around Mishinani area which is situated on the road from Amboseli to Namanga.

He was on sundry occasions referred to a "mover and shaker" who helped steer the Sarova group of hotels to greater heights over the years to scoop several awards in the hospitality sector.

The cruel hand of fate reached out with its invaluable talons after he had just left to catch up with proceedings of the competitive stages of the Day Two itinerary rally when the accident occurred. Kishinani was seated with JS Vohra at the front with the former’s brother seated on the seat behind.

Following the gloomy moment Friday’s last section at Amboseli Fence was cancelled as a mark of respect in honor of JS.

"May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain," said Safari Classic Rally Manager Pipi Renu.

Various leaders across the nation led by President Uhuru Kenyatta sent their condolences to the bereaved family.

Rallysport Sponsorship Liaison Sylvia King wrote:

"I know you will all join me in giving Jaideep’s family our deepest sympathy.

"The decision to carry on with the event is what JS would want.

"His passion for the event and motorsports was ultimate.

"May he rest in eternal peace."

JS Vohra is the immediate former chairman of Kenya Motor Sports Federation, a seat he held until veteran retired rally driver Phineas Kimathi took over from him.

And as a chairman of EASR Limited, he still retained his position on the local governing body (KMSF) Board of Directors where he was actively involved in the key decision making organ of motorsports in Kenya.

"I have personally lost a friend.

  East African Safari Classic Rally Chairman and Director late Jaideep Singh Vohra | Coastweek

Immediate former chairman of Kenya Motor Sports Federation and East African Safari Classic Chairman Jaideep Singh Vohra [right] seen with former Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze.
"We spent the entire day on Thursday savoring the roar of classic machines only to hear of the sad news, " Achie Khan , a former KMSF General Manager, said.

Other condolences came from Kenya Table Tennis Association chairman Andrew Mudibo and his Kenya Motor Sports Federation counterpart Phineas Kimathi.

Kimathi who- incidentally is a hotelier like JS -said:

"Very tragic indeed.

We have lost a great supporter of motorsports a hotelier per excellence and a friend.

"May his soul rest in eternal peace."

JS was an avid supporter and follower of motorsports and father of the 2016 Kenya National Autocross 2WD Non Turbo Champion Samman Vohra who recently took a break from the sport to concentrate on studies overseas.


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