The 1961 MGA sports car of David Filmer is among the latest entries for the Golden Jubilee Africa Concoursd’Elegance which is scheduled to be held by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 27th.
Other entries which have reached the Concours office recently include Gayling May’s 1967 Alfa Romeo Sprint 2600 coupe. This will be one of the leading machines in the up to 3000cc touring car class. The organisers are also receiving more attention from bikers. One is the 1956 BSA C10L of Peter Wanday, the Chairman of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club.
This year’s Concoursd’Elegance will be the 50th in the annual series organised by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club since 1970.The inaugural event was held to celebrate the first anniversary of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and took place in the grounds of a Nairobi hotel. This was limited to Club members in Alfas, but over the years the Concours has grown into an event with Africa continental status for all makes and types of cars and motorcycles. Since 2006 the Concours has been recognised and sanctioned by FIM Africa, the governing body of motorcycle sport.
The regulations are available from the event website (www.concourskenya.com) and the office is located in the Bob Dewar Publicity suite on the second floor of block G of Norfolk Towers, Kijabe Street. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the phone numbers are 2229793, 2229459, 3316160, or mobile 0733732032 during office hours.
The objective of the Concours is to give the owners of well kept classic and vintage cars and motorcycles the opportunity to show them to the motoring enthusiasts who flock to the Nairobi Racecourse for the Concours.
Competitors have their machines assessed by highly experienced officials and have the opportunity to win overall and class prizes. There are 12 classes for all makes and types of cars, pickups and SUVs and eight for motorcycles.
For cars the judging process commences on the Total Excellium inspection ramp where officials assess the underside. Subsequently the cars are driven along the judging line in front of the Racecourse grand stand and stop for officials to mark the external finish, the interior and boot and the engine compartment.
Finally there is a road safety check and competitors wearing costumes are marked separately for the creativity that they show to interpret the Golden Jubilee theme. Motorcycles are marked in a similar way with competitors riding around the Racecourse parade ring and stopping at three judging stations.