Concours d’Elegance enlists star studded entry

The 2018 CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance has attracted a star studded entry including a 1968 Buick Riviera with a seven-liter engine, eight cars made before 1940 and three Rolls Royce cars among others.

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.

This year’s theme is “Aladdin and the Magical Rides”. According to the organizers, Aladdin and the Arabian Nights is an enchanting theme and a much-loved classic tale with the added character of the magic carpet; a character very similar to the cherished rides on display at the event, which each have their own personality and moods.

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.

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 enjoy 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.

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.

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.

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.


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