CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance

Paul Chemngorem enters 1962 VW Karmann Ghia Coupe For The CBA Africa Concours D’elegance

The most recent entry to be received for the CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance is the 1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia of veteran classic car enthusiast Paul Chemngorem. He will be driving this stylish VW along the judging line in front of the Nairobi Racecourse grandstands on September 24th.

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupes were made in very limited numbers and consisted of Volkswagen engines, gearboxes and suspensions fitted to a sleek coupe body made by Karmann, a German coach builder and designed by Ghia in Italy. Paul Chemngorem’s car is one of the rare machines for viewing at the Nairobi Racecourse. Another is the 1927 Dodge saloon car which is being restored by Magdi Riad. This will be the first vintage (pre-December 1930) Dodge saloon car to appear at the Nairobi racecourse.

The annual Concours d’Elegance has been held by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club since 1970 and is rated as the classiest event on the Kenya motor sport calendar. The Concours rewards the owners of well kept classic and vintage cars and bikes.  32 cars and 21 motorcycles are already listed for the event with a continuing flow of entries. Maina Muthuma will be returning to the Racecourse with his 1960 Morris Minor which is a previous prize winner. He will be up against the 1972 Austin Mini of Vitafoam products.

Experienced Concours officials check the competing cars for the standard of preparation with the emphasis on cleanliness and condition. The process starts on the Total inspection ramp with a check of the underside. This is followed by a drive in front of the Racecourse grandstand with stops for the scrutiny of paintwork, followed by the interior and boot and the engine. Bonus points are added to compensate for age. Motorcycles are marked in a similar way at the racecourse parade ring.

There are 12 classes for all makes and types of cars, pick-ups and SUVs and seven categories for motorcycles. These are listed in the regulations which are available from the event website, or  from the Bob Dewar Publicity offices in Block G of Norfolk Towers, Kijabe Street. The email address is and the office phone numbers are 2229793, 3316160 during office hours.

Leslie Carvel will be driving her 1970 VW beetle from Jinja to contest the up to 1300 cc touring car class. Newcomer Christine Omuombo is placing her hopes on her 1968 Beetle. Another of these popular classic cars is the 1959 VW beetle of Stephen Warui.

In contrast with the small saloons there will be a variety of large machines to delight spectators. Among these are the 1991 three litre Mercedes Benz of Dr. Joseph Alouch and a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe entered by Magdi Riad who will also have a 1978 Ford Mustang muscle car in the line-up.

At this stage the majority of the motorcycles are massive street and trail bikes entered by the Uganda Bikers Association. Ibrahim Vuni, Arthur Musasizi and James Nsubuga will be mounted on BMR R1200 machines. Stephen Tabaruka, a Ugandan classic motorcycle enthusiast, will be making a second appearance at the Racecourse with his 1957 BSA. Kenyan teenager Ted Wanday is looking for a prize with a 1956 BSA which will be in the judging ring for the third time.