In , Gunnar Andersson was appointed Volvo’s competition department manager, but he continued to compete in rallies. A strike led to a serious delay in the delivery of the cars and the team made it to the start of the rally at the eleventh hour without having had any time to practise. The ‘Flying Sikh’ knew the African marathon as well as anybody. He eventually retired in after a career in which he had also secured more than 60 victories in the East African Rally Championships in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and three top five finishes in the Southern Cross Rally in Australia. Volvo enjoyed worldwide success on numerous occasions in the motorsport arena in the early s.
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Its competition department sent four, white Volvo PVs down to Kenya which was the starting point of the rally. He was honoured as a special guest at the start of the 50th Safari Rally inand was appointed a patron of the Safari Classic in The two Singh brothers drew number one position for the start, considered to be unlucky, but they remained in the lead throughout the event, making history.
They also won by the largest margin ever in the rally’s history. Subscribe today Learn more. Archived from the original on 21 October After attending a boarding school in Nairobi, Joginder worked as a mechanic before, inbecoming the sqfari patrolman for the Royal East African Automobile Association.
Joginder got stuck in the mud, but eventually came in fifth after most jovinder the field found themselves stranded on the Mau Escarpment on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley. Volvo Cars head office for China is located in Shanghai. We were the th car at one stage and we just kept overtaking them. He always exhorted promising rally drivers to follow his example of being a teetotaller and urged them to break his own record.
The Ford team chief had long ago written him off, but Joginder turned up at the finish line at number three on the road, having overtaken more than cars. Stand-up comedian who broke new ground with his television series The Larry Sanders Show. ByVolvo had sing up its own competition department and, inGunnar Andersson won the kilometre-long endurance rally, the Gran Premio de Argentina, driving a PV with a B16 engine.
Although the Singh brothers had enjoyed success in the Safari Rally on previous occasions when driving other makes of car, no one thought the Sikh brothers in their turbans had much of a chance this time. Views Read Edit View history.
Safari Rally legend Joginder Singh died aged 81 – WRC – Autosport
Inin similarly difficult weather, he repeated that victory – ably demonstrating that while Lancia’s Stratos might have the muscle, he had the guile and grace to take his Lancer to another famous success. Apr 20, ID: Mitsubishi Lancer GSR. Joginder continued to compete in the Rally after winning it again in and The first Sikh driver ever to win an international rally, and also the first man to win the Safari Ssfari three times, he was fondly known as the “Flying Sikh” for his exploits behind the wheel.
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Commons category link is on Wikidata. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joginder Singh. Volvo has been in operation since He had no motorsport experience until he was 26, but made up for his late start by eventually accumulating over sixty wins in the East African Rally Championships in KenyaUganda and Tanzania.
Safari Rally legend Joginder Singh died aged 81
It had been a flop for Volvo the year before and there was stiff competition from several major car stables. Grosjean proud of comeback against Magnussen Romain Grosjean is proud of his comeback against Haas Formula 1 team-mate Kevin Magnussen in and believes he did a “great job” to recover the way he did F1.
The Safari Rally is known as the toughest rally in the world and this year the conditions were harsher than ever. As Joginder sat at the steering wheel endeavouring to get the narrow rear tyres to grip, Jaswant would stand on the rear safagi rocking the car to put more pressure on the drive wheels. In only seven of the 93 cars finished. Please see our terms and conditions for further information.
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Joginder Singh developed heart problems about ten-years-ago and underwent bypass surgery.