Car and motorcycle competitors raised the bar for standards of
preparation of their machines for the 2018 CBA Africa Concours
d’Elegance which is the classiest event on the Kenya motor sport
Realizing that much more work had been
carried out by competitors since last year’s event officials
were briefed by Chris Eden, the Chief Car Judge and Robert Gow
his motorcycle counterpart to mark very critically.
As a result there were close finishes
in the overall results in the top ten cars and motorcycles and
the majority of the positions in the 23 classes.
Several thousand spectators attended
the 48th annual Concours organized by the Alfa Romeo
Owners Club to enable competitors to share their treasured
machines with fellow motoring enthusiasts and try to win prizes.
They were amazed and impressed by
highly polished external finishes, immaculate interiors and
Competitors from outside Kenya made
their mark and took home prizes earned in their classes. Under
the sponsorship of the Galleria shopping mall Vivian Mathew
Kuiper and Martin Kaiser represented the Vintage Motorcycle Club
of South Africa.
Vivian won the up to 1200cc street
bike class with his 1970 Honda. Martin’s 1964 AJS Café Racer was
placed third overall and second in the racing bikes class only
four points adrift from Peter Giraudo who captured the top
Once again the Uganda Bikers
Association (UBA) riders dominated the Trail and Enduro classes.
Moses Lubega was the winner of the
category for bikes made after 2010 having ridden his 2015 Honda
from Kampala. Gianfranco Masetto, the UBA Vice Chairman carried
away the prize for older machines with his Honda made in 2000.
The overall winner for cars was
Veronica Wroe with her bright yellow 1934 Rolls Royce Boatail
who beat Sati Gata-Aura’s 1947 MG TC sports car by the narrowest
possible margin of only one point. Sati had a good share of the
honours by taking second place with the diminutive green 1947 MG
TC and capturing third with his Nissan 160J which was made in
Newcomers and competitors who made
their debut last year shook some of the long standing entrants.
Neyan Kavia’s 1971 MGB captured the award for the 1800cc touring
car class ending a long series of wins by Tor Allan who was
content with the runner-up slot in his 1966 Peugeot 404.
Neyan also won the class for open
sports cars made after 1970 with his MGB Roadstar relegating
Savi Bhogal’s Alfa Romeo Spider to second spot.
Gayling May who has dominated the up
to 3000cc touring car category in his 1967 Alfa Romeo Sprint had
a shock by finishing with only a one point cushion between his
beautiful burgundy coloured Alfa sports coupe from Sachit Shah
who was competing for the first time with a superbly restored
1959 Mercedes Benz 300D.
Sachit Shah was also delighted that
his Mercedes was chosen as the most elegant car.
During a day of brilliant sunshine the
lead for both cars and motorcycles changed dramatically.
Shortly after Harry Thuku drove his
1979 Land Rover on the Total Excellium Ramp to be the first car
to be judged by the highly experienced Concours team, the early
leader for cars was the 1972 Austin Mini of Vitafoam Products
Limited with an impressive total of 258 points.
This was exceeded by a score of 269
points achieved by Sati Gata-Aura’s 1977 Nissan 160J.
Sati’s total remained at the top of
the results table until later his leading score was equaled by
his 1947 MG TC in the class for open sports cars.
Late in the day Sati’s hopes for top
place on the podium were dashed by Veronica Wroe’s Rolls Royce
Boatail in the class for cars made before 1940 putting her
immaculate and unusual Rolls Royce in top place by a one point
Making a return to the Nairobi
Racecourse after a lengthy absence Simon Christy rode his 1976
Honda CB400F around the judging ring to earn 166 points and
became the early pacesetter for motorcycles.
He remained at the top of the table
until the judging of the competition motorcycles which gave
Peter Giraudo a lead with 175 points for his 1966 Triumph TR 6C
made in 1966.
Examples of this machine were very
popular for long distance racing in the desserts of the United
Giraudo’s competition motorcycle class
win ended up being the best for bikes giving him overall victory
from Dominique Antoine’s vintage Triumph 550 SD made in 1925
which was the best pre-1960 machine.
Dominique was pleased with this result
which gave him the runner-up prize for bikes.
An impressive number of competitors
wore costumes giving them the opportunity to win prizes donated
by The Wine Gallery and the Victor Ludorum award.
The winner of this prestigious prize
is decided by combining the points earned by the car or
motorcycle in the Concours with scores for costumes.
The car costume winner went to the
Vitafoam Mini with the passenger Sheema Shah acting as Aladdin’s
She had a magic carpet and wore a
striking sky blue long dress with riding boots to link with
The best bike costume award was won by
Tumaini Muthiga who used his giant Harley Davidson to illustrate
the modern Kenyan biking cowboy.
The Chief Costume Judge, Joseph
Karamoja drew crowds to the Racecourse grandstands to enjoy the
sight of the colourful costumes which were made by creative
competitors, their partners, wives and families.
Immediately after judging had finished
there was a grand parade of all the Concours cars and
motorcycles which brought the spectators in the grandstands to
their feet amid loud cheering.
At the prize giving ceremony Kevit
Desai, the Patron of the CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance, spoke
briefly about the attractions and strengths of the Concours and
the links with technical and vocational education and training
which helps unemployed youngsters to become artisans and
In due course some of whom will help
competitors with their preparations.
John Okulo the General Manager for
Corporate Banking of CBA presented the awards to the podium
prize winners who were saluted by a pyro technic firework