At present England is the country with the greatest number of cars which are listed for judging at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 24, with 11 cars varying in size from two Mini’s to the Rolls Royce luxury saloon of Roger Tanner.
The limousine is being prepared by Roger Tanner, a well known Rolls Royce enthusiast, who will also participate in the “heritage collection” featuring old equipment and machinery which is held in conjunction with the Concours, but the entries are not listed for judging.
Mr. Tanner will be showing a working steam engine which was made in 1919. Before diesel and petrol powered pumps and generators became available steam engines were widely used around Kenya industry driving sawmills.
Germany and Italy tie in second place for manufacturing cars that will be judged on September 24, with six each. A German made Ford Taunus and Kevit Desai’s Mercedes 450SLC coupe will be in the line-up for assessment in the touring car classes alongside two VW Beetles.
The utility vehicle category will feature three VW Kombi’s and a pickup made in 1970. This has been owned since new by the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute at Eldoret and was among the prizewinners at previous Concours events.
The six vehicles made in Italy are Alfa Romeo cars. These include the crowd pulling 2600 Sprint model of Gayling May which was made in 1967, the 1983 Giulietta of Rishi Chandaria and Ted Wanday’s 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000GTV.
Among the big bikes in contention at the motorcycle judging ring will be the 1977 Suzuki GT 750 of Captain David Mwaura and David Odhuno’s Yamaha Fazer FZ6-S.