Qualified as a Royal Air Force pilot back in the early 70s, the Kenya Air Force was reluctant to let Aslam Khan go rallying. However, persistence paid off and the Kenyan started navigating in 1973. He has competed in the Safari Rally no fewer than 14 times winning Group 1 in 1980 (18th overall with driver Takashi Hirabayashi) in one of the first four wheel drive Subaru’s to contest the event, and claiming his best result in 1983 when he finished fourth overall in a Nissan 240 RS with Jayant Shah. He and Shah also claimed the Kenyan Rally Championship title in 1981, 1982 and 1983 and in the same period, he clinched a hat-trick of Himalayan Rally victories (twice with Shah and once with Ramesh Khoda).
After winning the Group N class in The Rallye Du Condrz with Guy Colsul, Aslam took a break from rallying, and made a comeback with brother Arshad Khan in the navigator’s seat in the inaugural East African Safari Classic rally in 2005. The duo then went on finish 15th overall in a Datsun 1600sss.
Aslam Khan competed in the 2005 and 2007 E.A. Classic Safari with his nephew Imran posting impressive results.
In the 2009 KQ East African Safari Classic Rally Aslam introduced nephew Farhaaz to rallying and went on to finish 25th overall, giving nephew Farhaaz his first international rally finish. The same year both Aslam and Farhaaz won the Kenya National Classic Car Championship. A feat Aslam repeated in 2010
In 2011, Aslam together with brother Arshad, to finish 15th overall in a very wet East African Safari Rally. In the same year Aslam was awarded with the prestigious Motor sportsman of the year award, for his contribution towards motorsport, an award he had last won in 1982.
In 2013, nephew Farhaaz had to step in and navigate for Aslam when Arshad had to pull out of the 2013 East African Safari Rally. The finished 14th overall.
Aslam is one of the only driver to have competed in every East African Classic Rally since it was first run in 2003.
1973 was a first for many things, it was the first time the Safari Rally was solely run in Kenya, and it was also the first time the Prestigious Guru Nanak rally was run and Arshad Khan’s first rally as a Navigation. There was no looking back since and today Arshad, still competing, is one of the most experienced navigators in the Kenyan rallying circuit.
During his rallying long career Arshad has co driven for Kibathi Muigai, nephew of H.E President Jomo Kenyatta, in the 1978 and 1979 safari rally, and has been involved with the Subaru Rally Team of Japan with various roles ranging from navigational duties to managing the teams logistics, from 1981 to 2002, when the safari rally was pulled out of the World Championship calendar.
The highlights of this long career have been, the victory in the 1985 Himalayan rally, making it 4 victories, in the Himalayan Rally between, the 2 brothers Aslam and Arshad. It was after 30 years of rallying, did Arshad finally win the Kenya National Group N Championship in 2003.
Although the Khan Brothers have over 80 years of rallying experience between them, they had only rallied together in the 1975 Kenya 2000 rally. It was not until the 2003 East African Classic Safari rally did start rallying together.
The Khan Brothers partnership on the National Championship makes Aslam and Arshad, the oldest and most experienced driver and co-driver.
Of course it is the brothers, dream car, the Porsche 911. This 3 litre, rear engine, rear wheel drive rally car has been prepared by Tuthill Porsche of England. Their main sponsor is their company, ALS Ltd, an aviation organization, which also provides the main evacuation helicopter for the Kenya National Rally Championship.