Tragedy struck the Kenyan rally fraternity again after one of the most experienced Subaru rally mechanics Peter Nzioka aka “Katumbo” of Keren’s Gypsy Garage died after an accident while returning from a competition along Mombasa- Nairobi highway.
Nzioka who was servicing Onkar Rai on the recent East African Safari Classic passed away near Machakos on his way back home. His demise follows that of rally administrator JS Vohra who died recently on the road from Amboseli to Namanga while going to watch a competitive stage in Tanzania.
The funeral committee which comprises of top local rally personalities eulogized the fallen Subaru rally mechanic adding that the Kenyan motorsports fraternity had lost a stalwart of the game who worked round the clock and tirelessly to groom champions from behind the scenes.
“He was directly involved in Baldev Chager’s championships and played a pivotal role in the Subaru World Rally team back then,” the legendary Patrick Njiru said.
“All the four national championships that I won, Peter was in the forefront and when Boldy joined Boss Motors , he found Peter there. When we drove the Subaru Vivios, I was the inky one who finished and I remember from our celebration photographs he was a very small boy. He committed himself went in there and opened his own workshop which continued to serve other local drivers and teams. The Subaru Vivio is a kei car that was introduced in March 1992, and manufactured by Subaru until October 1998.” Njiru explained.
Peter rose to fame when he serviced the late Colin McRae and Richard Burns during his formative years in the Subaru World Rally team. He died around Maua Hills in Machakos county last Sunday