By Christine Muchira
Magdi Riad, a strong supporter of the CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance, will contest the 2016 event on September 25th with five big cars all of which will appear at the Nairobi Racecourse for the first time.
The Concours will be held by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club to celebrate the Club’s 46th anniversary and showcase the best kept cars and motorcycles in Kenya.
The Southern Bypass has made visits to the Nairobi Racecourse much less time consuming than following the Ngong Road. By taking the Southern Bypass from Kikuyu or the main Langata Road you quickly reach the Lenana intersection with the Ngong Road. The Racecourse entrance is slightly over one kilometre from this junction.
The oldest of Magdi’s cars is a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe which will be in the up to 3,000 cc touring class together with his 1967 Chevrolet Impala and a Ford Mustang made in 1978.
His day will start with driving his 1972 Land Cruiser on the Total Quartz inspection ramp in the class for utility vehicles. Later in the morning he will bring his 1966 Austin Princess limousine to the judging line.
Talking about his five car entries Magdi Riad said, “I am preparing these machines for my daughter, Mikaella, because of my deep enthusiasm for cars which appeal to me. This fits the theme of the Concours which is “the Spirit of the Machine”.
“The five cars have been restored for the first time for the competition on September 25th. They will be a credit to the Concours and next year I will bring them to a higher level. For the 2018 event they will be top flight entries going for major prizes,” Magdi declared.
Spectators at the Concours will be able to compare the 1966 Austin Princess limousine of Magdi Riad with the 1968 model entered by Nairobi City County which in the past was the official car of the Mayor of the city.
They will also be able to watch the judging of a pair of Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupes.
Paul Chemngorem’s 1962 VW Karmann Ghia will be up against DJ Adrian’s recently restored example made a year earlier.
The utility vehicle class will feature a 1977 VW Kombi entered by Kampala motor enthusiast Edgar Katamujuna and a 1974 Camper version which has been prepared by radio personality Larry Asego.
The most recent motorcycle entry has come from Deep Patel, an enthusiastic member of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, who will be competing with a Triumph Daytona.
He will be faced with strong opposition from the 19 massive machines which will be ridden from Kampala to Nairobi by the Uganda Bikers Association team.
In contrast with the comparatively new big bikes which dominate the motorcycle entry list there are a good number of classic machines.
These include the 1935 Cotton of Piet Maas , the 1957 NSU Supermax of Roland Nancekivell and Stephen Helm’s 1979 Moto Guzzi who will represent the Vintage Motorcycle Club of South Africa under the sponsorship of the Galleria Mall.
Uganda enthusiast Stephen Tabaruka will be riding his 1957 BSA around the judging ring to compete with Ted Wanday’s 1956 BSA and the Ducati of Gilgil based Russel Hughes.