The 48th edition of the annual CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance today remained true to its theme this year because indeed Aladdin and the Magical Rides showed up at the Ngong Racecourse with his pimped ride and wowed the crowd.
Regarded as the classiest motorsport event in Kenya, the 2018 Concours attracted larger international participation with 26 entrants coming to Kenya from other countries including South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda.
At the end of the day, when it was all said and done, the beautiful yellow Rolls Royce Boattail of Veronica Wroe won the day.
This 1999 Harley Davidson by Tumaini Muthiga, scooped the top award for the motorcycle category during this 2018 Concours.
A 1928 International presented by Team Jikoni’s
A Ford Model A Coupe by Ngatia Macharia was an interesting sight.
A 1984 Panther Kallista by Kakooza Wazzir from Uganda.
A 1928 Ford Model A by Fayha Karimbux. Did you know there is a Ford Model F tractor lying in waste at the Karen Blixen Museum? Wonder why they cannot restore it and enter it at the Concours!
A 1928 Ford Model A Pick-up by Joseph Kamau.
A 1938 Fiat 109A by Tor Frost.
Visitors were not also left out of the show. They turned out in style in some really serious rides.
Just like Jeremy Ngunze, the CEO of CBA, the main title sponsors who have been supporting the event for the last 7 years, said, the guys who each year come to participate at the Concours d’elegance are driven, not so much by money but, by the passion and dedication to relive the glorious yesteryears of their cars.
They invest lots of money and a great deal of time to restore their vintage cars as close as possible to the original manufacturer’s condition. Indeed the price money is not a lot.
The first price got a cash voucher of KES 19,000, a shield and a medal. Besides the vehicle awards, competitors also had a costume showdown where the most outstanding fancy dress worn scooped a price.
The scoring method used in this 2018 Concours to determine winners in the various categories used a 6 criteria approach. The methodology looked at each vehicle’s underside, external finish, interior and boot, engine and engine compartment, roadworthiness and age.
The advantage would be given to the older vehicle if there was a tie. The 2018 Concours was absolutely worth the KES 1,200 entrance fee (or KES 1,000 for the early birds.) Be on the lookout for 2019!