Posted by:Eric Njiru
The 2018 CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance has attracted a star studded entry including competitors from outside Kenya.
This year’s event is the 48th in the annual series organized by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and will be held at the Nairobi Racecourse on Sunday (September 30th) from 9:00 a.m.
Spectators will be treated to a pageant of motoring history starting with the 1925 Triumph motorcycle entered and prepared by Dominque Antoine. This ancient bike will be judged in the class for motorcycles made in 1960, or earlier which includes Peter Giraudo with a 1959 BSA Shooting Star which will appear at the Racecourse for the first time.
The Rolls Royce limousines of Roger Tanner and Rajesh Lakhani and the 1968 Jaguar of Kevit Desai who is the Patron of the annual Concours d’Elegance, will compete in the class for cars over 3,000cc against the 1968 Buick Riviera of Paul Bukuru who is the first ever Concours entrant from Rwanda.
Sachit Shah will be tackling the classiest event in the motorsport calendar for the first time with his 1959 Mercedes Benz 300 D. Anwar Fatehdin is another newcomer who will be driving his 1930 Ford Model A along the judging line in front of the Nairobi Racecourse grand stands.
He is one of the eight participants in the class for “golden oldies.” The Ford Model A pick up of Joseph Kamau will be at the Concours for the first time and is the last car on the list to be judged by the officials.
The process of judging cars starts on the Total Excellium inspection ramp and continues along the judging line with assessments for the external finish, the interior and boot, external finish, the engine and a safety check.
Motorcycle fans will be flocking to the motorcycle judging ring to watch the two Galleria shopping mall sponsored competitors from the Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club in South Africa. Vivian Matthew Kuiper will be visiting Kenya for the first time to ride his 1970 Honda in the parade ring.
Johannesburg based Martin Kaiser is contesting the Concours for the second time with his 1964 AJS Café Racer which is a strong contender in the competition motorcycle class.
His rivals for first place are Stephen Mukisa with his 2015 Yamaha and Peter Giraudo’s 1966 Triumph. This rare bike is an example of machines which were built for desert racing in America and has been painstakingly restored with the hope of a class win and a top 10 finish.
In addition to watching the judging of the vintage and classic cars and motorcycles spectators will be able to view a selection of new cars, SUVs and pick ups in Auto Expo which is the motor trade section located a short distance from the grandstands on the inside of the Racecourse. Several of the trade stands will be displaying motorcycles and the makes represented are TVS, KTM and Suzuki.
The Heritage Collection is located near the Auto Expo stands and the major attraction will be a working 1918 steam engine which has been entered by Roger Tanner who will have a busy day shuttling between his steam engine and his 1952 Rolls Royce.
Visitors will also see an ancient Mercedes truck, an old Ferguson tractor compared with the latest Massey Ferguson equivalent. Total Kenya will show an old dispensing pump together with the latest service station equivalent.
Following the sub theme of the old and the new in the Heritage Collection there will be an electric powered car which has been made by students of St. Andrew School and a motorcycle using solar generated electricity.
Throughout the day there will be fly pasts and in the afternoon there will be a spectacular free fall parachute before the prize giving ceremony. The completion of judging will be followed by a grand parade of all the Concours cars and motorcycles in front of the grandstand. The podium prize giving will be held shortly afterwards and Concours day will end with a grand finale.