Tor Allan with his 1966 Peugeot 404 made motor sport history by becoming the first competitor from outside Uganda to win the Uganda Vintage and Classic Auto Show (a Concours d’Elegance event). His Peugeot 404 is a regular winner of the up to 1800 cc touring car class and is one of the best machines each year in the CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance at the Nairobi racecourse.
The gleaming bronze coloured Peugeot was admired throughout the day by the crowd who flocked the Kampala Sheraton Gardens to view the 60 cars in the event. After the team of four judges completed their assessment of Allan’s Peugeot they awarded him 364 points. This gave him a comfortable margin from the runner up Ronnie Walusimbi with a 1967 Toyota Corona. Kakooza Wazzir who has competed in the CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance was placed third in his Toyota Mark II made in 1980.
The cars were spread out in the fine grounds of the Sheraton Hotel for the judges to mark. While the majority of the entries were Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen saloons there were several machines which are rarely seen in East Africa.
This group included Kalvin Kagwa’s 1937 Wolsey saloon, a Panther Kallista owned by Kakooza Wazzir and a giant Buick Riviera two door coupe made in the United States in 1968 which was entered by Paul Bakuru a Rwanda classic car enthusiast. The Alfa Romeo Owners Club has high hopes that these rarities will appear in the 2018 CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance on September 30th which will be the 48th in the annual series.
Among the Uganda entries already listed for the event at the Nairobi racecourse are the 1983 Nissan 240RS of Bob Roberts and Leslie Carvell’s 1970 Volkswagen Beetle. For several years Leslie has driven her crimson coloured Volkswagen from her base in Jinja to Nairobi for the event. She has taken home several prizes and devotes her winnings to conservation.
Speaking at the prize giving ceremony Andrew Ndegwa, the Chairman of the CBA Bank of Africa Uganda Limited mentioned that the bank was sponsoring the Uganda Vintage and Classic Auto Show for the fourth time. This gives an ideal opportunity for the bank to interact with customers at a social fun filled day.
The sponsorship of both the Africa Concours in Nairobi and the Uganda Vintage and Classic Auto Show by CBA has driven a growing interchange between vintage and classic car and motorcycle owners and enthusiasts in Kenya and Uganda.
He congratulated Tor Allan for winning the event and expressed the hope that there will be a strong group of Uganda car and motorcycle entrants in the Concours at the Nairobi racecourse on September 30th.
The Alfa Romeo Owners Club holds the Concours each year to celebrate the Club’s anniversary and has the objective of giving the owners of well-kept cars and motorcycles the opportunity to have them assessed by experienced officials. Competitors like to show their treasured machines to the enthusiastic crowd and to have the chance to win prizes in the 20 classes for all makes and types of cars, SUV’s, pick-ups and motorcycles.
There is also a Classic Sale for cars and bikes made 25, or more years ago. This enables the owners of unwanted machines to offer them for sale to the significant number of spectators who are interested in buying a car, or motorcycle for fun use during weekends, or for preparing for future Concours events. The machines entered can be in any state ranging from sources of spare parts to good condition.