The 2018 CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance has attracted a star-studded entry that includes international competitors. This year’s event, which is the 48th in the annual series 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 be making its first-ever appearance.
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 grandstands. He is one of the eight participants in the class for “golden oldies.” The Ford Model A pickup 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 get the chance to see 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 include Stephen Mukisa with his 2015 Yamaha and Peter Giraudo’s 1966 Triumph.
1966 Triumph is a rare bike which was 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 the vintage machines, spectators will view a selection of new cars that include, SUVs and pick-ups in Auto Expo. Among motorcycle brands that will be on display are TVS of India, KTM OF Austria and the Japanese Suzuki.
The Heritage Collection is located near the Auto Expo stands and the main attraction will be a working 1918 steam engine entered by Roger Tanner who will also have a 1952 Rolls Royce.
Visitors will also see an ancient Mercedes truck, an old Ferguson tractor compared with the latest Massey Ferguson equivalent.
There will be an electric powered car which has been made by students of St. Andrew School and a motorcycle using solar-generated electricity.
The entry list includes a 1968 Buick Riviera with a seven-litre engine.
Eight cars made before 1940.
Three Rolls Royce cars.
Four motorcycles made in 1960, or earlier including a 1925 Triumph.