Three Uganda entries for the Concours d’Elegance

Written By: Claire Wanja
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Three classic cars from Uganda have been entered for the Golden Jubilee Africa Concours d’Elegance highlighting the Africa continental status of the classiest event on the Kenya Motor Sports calendar.

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This will be held by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club on September 27th at the Nairobi racecourse to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Club and foster the growth of the classic and vintage car movement in East Africa.

Jinja based Leslie Carvell will be driving her maroon coloured 1970 Volkswagen to Nairobi to contest the up to 1300cc touring car class. She is a former winner of the Uganda Vintage and Classic car Show (a Concours event in Kampala) and has taken home prizes from the Nairobi racecourse.

Leslie is a dedicated supporter of conservation and donates her prize money to wildlife projects.

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Kakooza Wazzir will have a busy day at the Nairobi racecourse and will divide his time between his rare 1996 Mitsuoka Viewt saloon and his gleaming highly prepared 1980 Toyota Corona. Kakooza will be making his fourth visit to  the Nairobi racecourse and is bound to appear in flamboyant costumes which have brought him fancy dress awards in previous years.

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Last year the Uganda Bikers Association (UBA) members rode nine massive motorcycles from Kampala to Nairobi to be in the parade ring and the UBA is expected to enter a strong two wheeler contingent for the Golden Jubilee Concours.

There are twelve classes for cars, SUV’s and utility vehicles and eight for motorcycles. Competitors receive a report of the marks earned by their machines and have the opportunity of winning prizes in their classes and the overall awards.

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The first Concours d’Elegance was held in the grounds of a Nairobi hotel to mark the Alfa Romeo Owners Club first birthday. The event was limited to club members with Alfa Romeo cars which were parked for assessment by the judges. The owners stood beside their cars and the officials walked from one entry to another to make their assessment and allocate the prizes.

Later the venue changed to the Nairobi motor racing circuit which was located in the area of the inland container depot. The event was opened to all makes and types of cars, pick ups and utility vehicles and 40 years ago classes for motorcycles were included in the regulations.

In 2005 the Alfa Romeo Owners Club joined forces with the Jockey Club of Kenya to hold the Concours at the Nairobi racecourse. This move proved highly popular with competitors, officials, spectators and sponsors and has helped to establish the international reputation of the Concours. The setting of the Nairobi racecourse is the envy of Concours events in several countries.

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The event has been recognised and sanctioned by the FIM Africa since 2006.Competitors delight in showing their treasured machines to the motorists who flock to the Nairobi racecourse each year. Cars are driven to the Total Quartz inspection ramp for the assessment of the underside which is followed by parading in front of the racecourse grand stand for a panel of judges to check the external finish, interiors and engines.Motorcycles are marked in a similar way in the racecourse parade ring.

 

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