The Star (Nairobi)

23 February 2013

Kenya: Concours Organisers Receive 39 Entries At Launch of 2013 Event

The Alfa Romeo Owners Club received 39 entries for the 2013 CBA Africa Concours d'Elegance at the launch of the event.

The event was hosted by a team from the bank headed by Geoffrey Githinji, the Group Chief Operating Officer. He was delighted by the enthusiastic response for the Concours which is scheduled for September 29th at the Nairobi Racecourse.

"The flood of entries from competitors in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda demonstrates the status of the Africa Concours d'Elegance which is a major annual motoring and social event. We will shortly be announcing the theme for this year's Concours and our plans to make the 2013 edition even more successful than our first sponsorship in 2012," Githinji said.

Among the cars which will be making a first appearance at the Nairobi Racecourse will be the 1935 single seater Austin racing car of Geet Chana and a 1928 Chevrolet coupe prepared by Magdi Riad. Geet Chana will also be showing a 1928 Chevrolet box body in the class for pre-1940 cars.

Magdi Riad will be making Concours d'Elegance history by bringing a Studebaker Champion saloon car to the Racecourse. This is an example of an early post World War II medium size American car which is now out of production. CMC Motors Group and Ali Cheema have entered VW Beetles in the 1,300 cc touring car class and Harry Thuku will be seeking a repeat victory in the class for utility vehicles with his 1972 Land Rover.

The Uganda Bikers Association (UBA) will be represented by a ten member team led by Gianfranco Masetto, the club chairman with a 2,000 Honda Varadero. Newcomer Harry Kaboyo will be riding his BMW GS from Kampala to Nairobi to compete in the motorcycle judging ring at the Nairobi Racecourse. Arusha based enthusiast Tor Allan will drive down the judging line in his 1966 Peugeot 404 and Malcom Wigmore will be motoring from Dar es Salaam in his 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser.

The primary objective of the Concours is to reward owners of well kept cars and motorcycles and give them the opportunity to showcase their highly prepared machines to spectators who flock to the Racecourse for this motoring and social occasion.

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