John Wroe Winner Cars Division at the CBA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE poses with the number one trophy and his car at the CBA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE held at the Ngong racecourse. www.businesstoday.co.ke
John Wroe Winner Cars Division at the CBA Concours D’elegance poses with the number one trophy and his car at the CBA Concours D’elegance held at the Ngong racecourse. Photo/ CBA

John Wroe’s 1930 Ford Model A won the 2019 CBA Concours d’Elegance following brilliant displays at the Nairobi Racecourse.

The CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance is a classic event on the Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) calendar and is attended by over 10,000 people. The centrepiece is the judging of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles under regulations approved by the KMSF.

This year’s event showcased a dramatic family battle at the Nairobi Racecourse as John tied with his daughter Veronica Wroe on 275 points. John chalked up the coveted top prize by virtue of presenting before  judges an older car.  Veronica, who won the event last year in a 1934 Rolls Royce Boatail, presented the best boot and tied 59-59 with his dad on engine points.

Sati Gata-Aura’s 1947 MG TG settled for third spot with a point adrift. His 1977 Nissan 160J which displayed the event’s best underside finished fourth overall. Kevit Desai with a 1968 Jaguar 420 clung onto the same position (5th) as last year garnering 268points.

Class 1 for utility vehicles including old-style four-wheel-drive double cabs, minibuses, pickups and light trucks made after 1970 was won by Jascruisers Ltd’s 1990 Landrover Defender with 249points. Larry Asego’s 1974 VW Camper came second on 190points. Harry Thuku’s 1985 Range Rover scored 172points to finish third in class.

Jascruisers racked up the most points on the underside, external interior finish, boot, engine and roadworthiness.

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Mohammed Anwar Fatehdin’s 1947 Ford V8 pick up emerged best in class 2 which is a preserve of utility vehicles including old-style four-wheel-drive vehicles made in 1970 and earlier.

Class 3 of Touring cars up to 1000cc was won by Vitaform Products Ltd’s 1972 Austin Mini on 260points. Another petrolhead Tumaini Muthiga scored 260points to finish second in class.

The 1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia of Paul Chemngoren won class 4 of Touring cars from 1001cc to 1300cc.

Sati Gata-Aura’s 40-year-old Nissan 160J won class five of Touring cars from 1301cc to 1600cc. Peter Wanday’s 1980 BMW320 emerged best in class 7 with 231 points followed by the 1966 Morris Marina of Tumaini Muthiga (223points) and the 1988 Alfa Romeo 75 of Micky Bassi.

Richard Kariuki’s 1981 BMW R65 won Class 16 of street motorcycles up to 650cc. He amassed 146points followed by Paul Aineruhanga who presented a 1997 Honda Shadow garnering 109points.

Top Ten Overall Car Results

  1. John Wroe – Ford Model A 1930 -275
  2. Veronica Wroe – Rolls Royce Boatail 1934 – 275
  3. Sati Gata – Aura MG TV 1947 – 274
  4. Sati Gata – Aura Nissan 160 J 1977 – 273
  5. Kevit Desai – Jaguar 420 1968 – 268
  6. John Wroe – Ford Model A pickup 1928 – 262
  7. Gailying May – Alfa Romeo Sprint 1962 – 262
  8. Peponi Autocare (Tiny) – Alfa Romeo Spider 1972 – 261
  9. Vitaform Products Ltd. – Austin Mini 1972 – 260
  10. David Westcott Filmer – MGA 1961 – 251

Top 10 Overall Motorcycle Results

  1. Satpal Jabbal – DKW 1925 – 185
  2. Peter Giraudo – BSA Shooting Star 1959 – 181
  3. Peter Giraudo – Triumph 550 SD 1964 – 171
  4. Bevan Beckman (RSA) – BSA 1916 – 173
  5. Barend Barnard (RSA) – BMW Café Racer 1980 – 173
  6. Manraj Singh – Honda 750 1969 – 162
  7. Peter Wanday – BSA C10L 1956 – 155
  8. Sandeep Singh Sura – BMW R1100 RS 1993 – 147
  9. Richard Kariuki – BMW R65 1981 – 146
  10. Martin Kaiser (RSA) – Norton Commando 1969 – 141

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