An influx of a total of 36 entries from South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda confirms the Africa continental status of the Concours d’Elegance scheduled for Sunday (September 24th) at the Nairobi racecourse starting from 9:00 a.m. Rated as the classiest event on the Kenya motor sport calendar this will be the sixth to be sponsored by CBA and the 47th in the annual series organized by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club.
The importance of the Concours d’Elegance is highlighted by a visit to Kenya by Clive Mawson, a Vice President of FIM AFRICA which has recognized and sanctioned the Concours since 2006. Clive is the Chairman of the Leisure, Touring and Road Safety Commission of FIM AFRICA. On Sunday he will devote the day to assessing all aspects of the Concours d’Elegance organization and judging of the vehicles.
Among the entries from outside Kenya are several outstanding star motorcycles and cars. The Vintage Motorcycle Club of South Africa will present a 1929 New Henley, a 1935 Sunbeam and a 1960 Velocette Viper for judging in the racecourse parade ring. This trio of magnificent motorcycles will be seen for the first time by Concours spectators and will be displayed by motorcycle enthusiasts Bevan Beckmann, Martin Alan Kaiser and Stephen Bakewell.
Among the entries from Tanzania will be a 1998 Ferrari F355 Replica and 1976 JBA Falcon Roadster of Shane Ramzanali, a Dar es Salaam classic car enthusiast.
There will be a contingent of classic car enthusiasts led by Leslie Carvell. For the fourth successive year, she will be driving her 1970 VW Beetle from Jinja to Nairobi to contest the Concours.
The South Africans, the Tanzanian and the Ugandan will be members of the CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance panel at a press conference to be held at the Panafric Hotel on Thursday September 21st at 9.30 a.m. This will feature a photo shoot of their vehicles and one on one interviews.
The Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA), the sponsors of the Concours will be represented by Chris Pasha, the Group Head of Marketing. Peter Wanday, the Chairman of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and Bob Dewar, the Event Director of the Concours will give an update on the event. There will also be a brief preview of the 2017 CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance which will be held at the Nairobi Racecourse on Sunday September 24th.