A Karatina Farmer, Enters A 63 Year Old Morris Minor For The CBA Africa Concours
Maina Muthuma, a farmer from Karatina, will compete in the 2017 CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance with his 63 year old Morris Minor. The centre piece of the event is the judging of 70 classic and vintage cars and 40 motorcycles under the regulations approved by the Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF).
This year’s Concours will be the 47th in the annual series organized by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and will be held at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 24th. The event is sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Africa and the aim of the competition is to recognize and reward the owners of well kept cars and motorcycles. The Concours has Africa continental status for cars and motorcycles and has been an FIM AFRICA recognized and sanctioned event since 2006.
CONCOURS PREPARATION - Motoring enthusiast and dairy farmer Maina Muthuma (left) and his mechanic Peter Magambo (right), work on a 1954 Morris Minor which he has entered for the 2017 CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance.
Already over 50 entries have been received for this year’s Concours. Among the cars on the list are a 1968 Alfa Romeo Spider of Alec Davis, Sati Gata Aura’s 1947 MG TC and a 1927 Dodge of Magdi Riad. The motorcycle register shows a 1925 Triumph 550 SD of Dominique Antoine, Ted Wanday’s 1956 BSA C10L and a 1952 Ducati 65T of Russel Hughes. Also 13 bikes entered by members of the Uganda Bikers Association will be at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 24th to contest the Concours.
This is the ninth time Maina Muthuma is participating in the Concours. He entered the event for the first time in 2006 with a 1980 Morris Mini. In 2007, this vehicle was placed second in the up to 1,000 touring car class which was an achievement for him.
Backed by his mechanics in Nairobi, Maina Muthuma is steadily preparing his 1954 Morris Minor. He said, “I bought this car from Mitamboni in Machakos for 20,000 shillings in 2009. It was used as a chicken coop and its condition was so bad such that the owner thought I was buying it as scrap metal. The transportation charges from Machakos to Nairobi were more than the price of the car.”
“When it arrived in Nairobi, I stripped the car down and rebuilt it completely. I purchased the spares locally and overseas and it took me three years to prepare the Morris Minor in readiness for the Concours. I entered the vehicle for the event for the first time in 2011. That year I was so proud to be honoured with a most meritorious award.”
Maina Muthuma continued, “The Concours is a sports competition and the contest is stiff. The vehicles are judged for cleanliness and condition. This highlights the standards of presentation with the emphasis on the underside, external finish, interior and boot, engine and engine compartment, roadworthiness and age.”
“Rebuilding my cars and displaying them at the Racecourse for spectators to see, gives me joy. The painstakingly prepared vehicles shown at the Concours are the results of competitors’ passion for restoring them and many years of hard work.”
“I have learnt a lot from the event and it has taught me patience and perfection. This goes hand in hand with farming. You plant and you wait patiently for the crops to grow. It is the same with a calf which is born and you look after it until it is ready to be milked.”
In addition to restoring cars for the Concours, Maina Muthuma keeps over 50 Holestein Friesian cows and grows maize and hay in his farm in Karatina. He also runs a milk bar which sells milk and yogurt and a cafe in the same area.