Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) Concours D Elegance Friday confirmed 31 entries of motorists from Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa that will participate in the 47th Concours championship on Sunday, September 24.
The championship to be at Nairobi’s Ngong racecourse will start from 9 am and will involve judging of 70 classic and vintage cars and 40 motorcycles.
Briefing the press in Nairobi, chairman Alfa Romeo Owners club (AROC) Peter Wandai said that South Africa will present a 1929 new Henley, a 1935 Sunbeam and a 1960 Vellocete viper for judging in the racecourse parade ring.
“The Trio of magnificent motorcycles will be seen for the first time by Concours spectators,” he added.
Wandai added that in recent years, the sole entry from Tanzania has been Tor Allans 1966 404, but this time round he will be joined by the 1988 Ferrari F 355 replica of Shane Ramzanali, a Dares-salaam classic car enthusiast.
Spectacular entry from Uganda
“Shane will be contesting the sports car class in his 1976 JBA Falcon Roadster,” added Wandai.
He noted that the most spectacular entry from Uganda will be Kakooza Wazzirs 1991 Mistuoka Le –Seyde, saying it is one of the limited edition of special built cars inspired by the large luxurious machines made in the mid-1930s.
Other eye catching machines at the event will be the 1983 Nissan 240 RS of Bob Roberts, who will be contesting the rally car class and 1974 Mercedes of Ronald Walusimbi, who was the overall winner of Uganda equivalent of the Concours, which was held earlier in 2017.
Wandai explained that visitors will experience tough competition from Kenya by the leading competitors like Sati Gata Aura with his 1947 MG TC , Diccon Wilcock who will be driving his 1934 Ralton along the judging line and Savi Bhogals 1972 Alfa Romeo S spider.
Apart from showcasing of the vehicles, the Concours Delegance is held annually, and attracts over 10,000 spectators, who will enjoy a spectacular free fall parachute drop, auto expo and heritage collection.
By Somba Kyama/Leonard Wandera