It was only the loss of time that consigned him to 16th place on points. For part of the year he lived in Surrey, spending the rest of his time living with his grandchildren in Calgary, Canada. Descriptions and facts in this press material relate to Volvo Car Group’s international car range. But the Volvo was still in the lead and the brothers had a special technique for getting out of the mud. In , Gunnar Andersson was appointed Volvo’s competition department manager, but he continued to compete in rallies.
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Volvo invested heavily in the Safari Rally. It was, without a doubt, a lucky number this year, however. Joginder got stuck in the mud, but eventually came in fifth after most of the field found themselves stranded on the Mau Escarpment on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley.
Volvo enjoyed worldwide success on numerous occasions sjngh the motorsport arena in the early s.
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One of 10 sons, Kenyan-born Singh was immediately surrounded by cars – the family business was a garage. He won the Safari Rally two more times and also competed in the Swedish Rally, although not with the same success. 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.
He lived a quiet life in retirement with his family in Surrey, south-east England. Joginder Singh Bhachu being congratulated by President Kenyatta after winning the East African Safari It was his performance in the event, however, that truly shows the measure of the man. Worse than any of these, however, was the rain. Please note that unauthorised reproduction or translation of any content including words, data, information, photos, videos and any other intellectual property published on this page and any other copyrighted content published on Autosport.
Singh was Kenya’s most successful rally driver, winning the African marathon twice when it was a round of the World Rally Championship. Volvo Cars Media Relations. Descriptions and facts in this press material relate to Volvo Car Group’s international car range.
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Joginder Singh (rally driver)
Joginder Singh developed heart problems about ten-years-ago and underwent jogineer surgery. Views Read Edit View history. He finished 19 and won three.
The Safari cars were powered by a tuned-up B18 engine with hp, reinforced front suspension with Bilstein twin-tube shock absorbers and front disc brakes, two fuel tanks and protective panels underneath the engine, gear box and fuel tanks.
Autosport Digital Magazine Read or download today. This page was last edited on 24 Octoberat Nevertheless, there was only good fortune for Joginder and Jaswant, despite piloting the same Volvo which factory driver Tom Trana had used in the Safari and which had clocked up 42, competitive miles on its odometer before the Bhachu brothers’ victory.
We just opened up the gearbox and stripped it to bits. Tom Trana’s car was left in Kenya with the importer Amazon Motors. Success on the Safari in the s and ’70s demanded exceptional mechanical sympathy allied to an almost unnatural understanding of East African terrain.
There were two handles fitted to the rear zingh the car. He did not take up motorsport until he was With the event coinciding with the start of the rainy season, glutinous mud and flash flooding could derail the most determined competitor.
The first stage of the rally was dry and, as the leading car, Singh had good visibility with no one churning up the dust in front of him.