John Wroe’s 1930 Ford Model A win overall prize at the 2019 CBA Concours d’Elegance
John Wroe’s 1930 Ford Model A has won the 2019 CBA Concours d’Elegance following a brilliant display at the Nairobi Racecourse.
John tied with his daughter Veronica Wroe on 275points but chalked up the coveted top prize by virtue of presenting before judges an older car. Veronica, who won the event last year in a 1934 Rolls Royce Boatail, presented the best boot and tied 59-59 with his dad on engine points.
Sati Gata-Aura’s 1947 MG TG settled for third spot with a point adrift. His 1977 Nissan 160J which displayed the event’s best underside finished fourth overall. Kevit Desai with a1968 Jaguar 420 clung onto the same position (5th) as last year garnering 268points.
This year’s event treated spectators to some exhilarating displays in an event that is recognised by the Kenya Motor Sports Federation and FIM Africa.
Class 1 for utility vehicles including old style four wheel drive double cabs, minibuses, pickups and light trucks made after 1970 was this year won by Jascruisers Ltd’s 1990 Landrover Defender with 249points. Larry Asego’s 1974 VW Camper came second on 190points. Harry Thuku’s 1985 Range Rover scored 172points to finish third in class. Jascruisers racked up the most points on the underside, external interior finish, boot, engine and road worthiness.
Mohammed Anwar Fatehdin’s 1947 Ford V8 pick up emerged best in class 2 which is a preserve of utility vehicles including old style four wheel drive vehicles made in 1970 and earlier.
Class 3 of Touring cars up to 1000cc was won by Vitaform Products Ltd’s 1972 Austin Mini on 260points. Another petrolhead Tumaini Muthiga scored 260 points to finish second in class.
The 1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia of Paul Chemngoren won class 4 of Touring cars from 1001cc to 1300cc.
Sati Gata-Aura’s 40 year old Nissan 160J won class five of Touring cars from 1301cc to 1600cc. Peter Wanday’s 1980 BMW320 emerged best in class 7 with 231 points followed by the 1966 Morris Marina of Tumaini Muthiga (223points) and the 1988 Alfa Romeo 75 of Micky Bassi.. Richard Kariuki’s 1981 BMW R65 won Class 16 of street motorcycles up to 650cc. He amassed 146 points followed by Paul Aineruhanga who presented a 1997 Honda Shadow garnering 109 points.
The Kenyan Concours d’Elégance was founded in 1971 and has been held every year since. It is organized by the Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club Kenya and is sanctioned by the Kenya Motorsports Federation and the FIM Africa. This event has grown to be the biggest motoring event in Kenya and it attracts 10,000 visitors on average. It is sponsored by Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA).