• Cars will then be driven for the inspection of the paintwork and finish, the interior and the engine. Subsequently, there will be a road safety check.
• Rwanda motoring enthusiast Kassim Ndayambaje will add spice to the utility vehicle classes with his 1983 Volkswagen transporter.
The Africa Concours d’Elegance has received the maximum entry of 70 cars and 40 motorcycles for this Sunday’s classic car and motorcycle contest.
This will celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, which organises the Concours event. The organisers said the Nairobi Racecourse gates will open at 9 a.m. while the judging will commence one hour later.
The assessment of the cars will take place in front of the main grandstands and will commence with the check of the underside at the Quartz inspection ramp.
Cars will then be driven for the inspection of the paintwork and finish, the interior, and the engine. Subsequently, there will be a road safety check.
Motorcycles will be marked in a similar way at the Racecourse parade ring. Riders will visit judging stations while spectators admire the old and rare bikes. The massive motorcycles entered by Pearl Bikers Africa and the Uganda Bikers Association will be an important part of the Concours.
The judges will start their work with marking the 1991 Mitsubishi Pajero of Rudra Sarvaiya, which will be up against a horde of other utility vehicles including Land Rovers, Volkswagen Kombis and old Land Cruisers.
Rwanda motoring enthusiast Kassim Ndayambaje will add spice to the utility vehicle classes with his 1983 Volkswagen transporter.
Benson Muli will be driving along the judging line in his 1970 Volkswagen Kombi. The Rift Valley Technical Training Institute students are putting the finishing touches to the Institute’s pickup, which was bought new in 1970 to collect mail and supplies.
Spectators will divide their time between watching the judging of the classic cars and motorcycles and the Classic Sale which is open to cars and bikes older than 25 years. They will also visit the Trade Stands which are located near the car competitors' parking ground.
The rarest vehicle at the Racecourse will be the 1973 Laverda of Mikey Hughes which is undergoing final preparation at the family’s Gilgil home.
Laverda motorcycles were made in Italy for several years. They were high-performance bikes that scored successes in major motorcycle events. Hughes' bike is probably the only one in Africa and one of the few remaining anywhere in the world.
For the first time in the history of the Concours, a Triumph Spitfire convertible will be on show. Spitfires were made to rival MG cars, but went out of production after a few years with just a few remaining now.
Paul Nguru will contest the Concours with his 1971 MGB and will be up against Matthew Peevers, who will drive a modified 1977 MGA. Kamene Wanday and Alec Davis will be placing their hopes on their Alfa Romeo Spiders.
The impressive sports car list also features a 1966 MGB prepared and entered by Vitafoam.