Classic car and motorcycle enthusiast Tumaini Muthiga has entered two cars and two motorcycles for the Golden Jubilee Africa Concours d’Elegance which is scheduled to be held by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 27th. He is a popular competitor who is expected to take home prizes for his cars and bikes and is a likely winner of top costume awards.
Concours regulations and entry forms are available from the event’s website (www.concourskenya.com) and telephone enquiries can be made by calling 0733 732 032 during office hours. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and entry fees are payable on Mpesa. The rules for the Classic Car and Motorcycle Sale and Auto Expo (the motor trade section) will be published soon.
Tumaini will be competing with his 1966 Morris Marina and a 1967 Ford Taunus which both earned second places in their classes last year. His greatest success in 2019 was winning the over 1200cc street motorcycle category with his gleaming highly prepared 1999 Harley Davidson. This massive motorcycle gives Tumaini great satisfaction when he rides round the motorcycle judging ring.
Talking about his favourite motorcycle, Tumaini said, “Harley Davidsons are the motorcycle equivalents of Mercedes Benz cars. Motorists and other bike riders show great respect for me when I am astride my Harley. I rarely use the hooter to find my way through traffic.”
For the past fifty years the Alfa Romeo Owners Club has held the annual Concours d’Elegance to celebrate the Club’s anniversaries and foster the classic and vintage car and motorcycle movement in East Africa.
The event gives the owners of well kept machines the opportunity to show them to an appreciative audience in the stately grounds of the Nairobi Racecourse. In addition they have the chance of winning prizes for the best overall results and in the 12 classes for cars and eight for motorcycles. Competing cars must be at least 25 years old and the minimum age for motorcycles is five years.
The assessment of Concours cars will commence with a check of the underside by officials working below the Total Excellium inspection ramp. This will be followed by a drive in front of the racecourse grandstands with stops for judges to mark the paintwork, the interior and boot and the engine. Motorcycles are rated in a similar way in the racecourse parade ring.
Judging will open with the class for utility vehicles and veteran and vintage cars will be last to be assessed prior to the prize giving ceremony. Motorcycles will be marked in the racecourse parade ring starting with the class for street bikes up to 350cc.