A 1949 Bentley limousine is being prepared by Roger Tanner for the Golden Jubilee Africa Concours d’Elegance which is rated as the classiest event on the Kenya motorsport calendar. He is among the latest additions to the growing entry list for the event scheduled to be held by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club on September 27th at the Nairobi Racecourse and will be the fiftieth in the annual series.
There are 20 classes for all makes and types of cars, pick-ups, SUVs and motorcycles.The regulations are available on the events website www.concourskenya.com and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is located in the Bob Dewar Publicity suite of Norfolk Towers Block G, Kijabe Street. Telephone inquiries may be made by calling mobile 0733 732032 during office hours and payment can be made on MPESA pay bill no.303030 account 0948201135.
Roger Tanner is the third owner of the classic Bentley which is one of seven that were imported into Kenya. The car came into his possession after having been lying idle for 20 years. He is painstakingly restoring the elegant two tone grey limousine to be ready for judging on September 27th.
Like all the car competitors Roger will drive his machine to the Total inspection ramp in front of the racecourse grandstands for a check of the underside. Next the Bentley will proceed through a series of inspections of the paintwork, the interior and boot and the engine. Competitors wearing costumes will be marked separately for the fancy dress awards which have no bearing on the Concours results.
In addition to his enthusiasm for classic and vintage cars, Roger is deeply interested in steam engines. In recent years he has shown two in the African Heritage exhibition during Concours days. This features old mechanical equipment and machinery and Roger hopes to put three steam engines on display alongside old tractors and trucks. Owners who would like to display mechanical relics from bygone years should contact Bob Dewar.