Grand Fete for Vintage and Classic Cars
The manicured lawns of Ngong Racecourse welcome guests of a different kind every year. Owners of vintage and classic cars and motorcycles parade them on the lush course before a crowd of coupe lovers who troop in from all parts of the country and beyond. This annual fete is known as the Africa Concours d’Elegance.
This event parades an array of cars from a 1934 Fiat to a 1972 Jaguar E-Type and a Triumph Junior 1916 motorcycle. The owners parade their cars before the crowds and drive to the judges’ station where a rigorous assessment. The judges check the underside for cleanliness and oil leaks and award a maximum of 40 points. An elegant external finish gives a maximum of 80 points while a clean interior and boot gives a car owner 60 points. Other elements the judges focus on are the engine, the engine’s compartment and roadworthiness.
This motor event has several classes that include utility vehicles, racing cars and convertibles. Touring coupes and station wagons, and motorcycles have a number of classes based on their engine capacity.
Africa Concours d’Elegance is not only a motor show. It has a children’s centre, live entertainment and adventure seekers can enjoy the exciting parachute drop. Motor related companies and clubs to exhibit their services on a section of the large racing course- the Auto Expo.
The Alfa Romeo Owners Club, organisers of this prestigious motor show, started it as an event for club members only. These members paraded their Alfas while adorned in stylish costumes. The event was a success and as the club celebrated 10 years of its existence, the event was opened to all types and makes of coupes. The venue was changed, and the number of cars rose from 12 in the maiden event to 25 cars.
In 1988, the event was moved to Ngong Racecourse, where it is held annually, attracting about 70 coupes and 40 motorcycles. Now, this global event attracts car and motorcycle owners from as far as Tanzania, Uganda, Australia, Germany, Mauritius and England.
The 44th CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance took place in 2014 and it attracted a crowd of 10,000 people. Entrants can be fully paid up members or temporary members, and they all must have a driving license.