A 1947 Ford Pickup Will Contest This Year’s CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance

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1947 Ford pickup: Anwar Fatehdin (right) and his mechanic Haniel Kivuti(left) works on the V8 engine of his 1947 Ford pickup which will be competing in the utility class in this year's CBA Africa Concours d'Elegance on September 29th at the Nairobi Racecourse.

A 1947 Ford pickup owned by Anwar Fatehdin is the latest entry received for the 2019 CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance scheduled for September 29th at the Nairobi Racecourse with the number of cars heading for the 60 mark. This is the classiest event on the Kenya motorsport calendar and has been organized annually by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club for 49 years.

The pickup is powered by a massive V-8 engine and was among the first Ford trucks produced for civilian use after the end of World War II after previous models were manufactured for the army.

Anwar and his mechanic have been restoring the Ford for nearly three years and are optimistic about clinching a high place in the popular utility class in this year’s event. “We are working against the clock to rebuild and have the pickup ready on time”, said Anwar.

The regulations and the entry forms for the event are available on the Concours website (www.concourskenya.com), or from the Bob Dewar Publicity offices in Block G of Norfolk Towers, Kijabe Street. The email address is info@bobpr.com and telephone inquiries may be made by calling 2229793, 2229459, 3316160 or 0733 732032 during office hours.

The Concours gives the owners of well-kept cars and motorcycles the opportunity to have them assessed by highly experienced judges. Competitors also like to show their treasured machines to the enthusiastic crowd and they have a chance to win overall awards and prizes for the 20 classes catering for all makes and types of cars, pickups, SUVs, and motorcycles.

The eight motorcycle categories have attracted a wide variety of entries ranging from the 125cc Suzuki TF of newcomer Stephen Mbuthi to the giant 1999 Harley Davidson owned and prepared by Tumaini Muthiga who is a regular participant. Thirteen members of the Uganda Bikers Association (UBA) will be riding from Kampala to the Racecourse on September 29th. The UBA contingent includes Moses Lubega with a BMW R1200 GSA made in 2004 and Stephen Mukisa with a 2005 Kawasaki ZZR 1400.

In addition, there will be 28 motor trade stands in Auto Expo which enable the motor industry to showcase their new line of vehicles and products to the motorists.  There will also be a sale of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles. Another attraction will be the Heritage Collection stand which offers a display of old equipment and machinery including old steam engines.