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Paceseting Patron Inspires Entries from Concours Competitors

In his capacity as Patron of the Golden Jubilee Africa Concours d’Elegance Kevit Desai, the Principal Secretary for East Africa Co-operation, submitted his entry for the event shortly after the regulations were published. He set the pace for competitors to enter the classiest event on the Kenya motorsport calendar. This will be the 50th in the annual series organized by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and the Golden Jubilee event will be held at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 27th.

Kevit Desai’s 1968 Jaguar 420 will be driven on the Total Excellium inspection ramp and along the judging line in front of the racecourse grandstands. Already 10 cars and two motorcycles are listed including Joseph Kamau’s ancient Ford Model A pick up and the 1989 Alf Romeo 75 of Gurvin Bassi.

Regulations and entry forms are available from the event’s website (www.concourskenya.com) and the rules for the Classic Car and Motorcycle Sale and Auto Expo (the motor trade section) will be published in March.

Competing cars must be at least 25 years old and the minimum age for motorcycles is five years. There will be 12 classes for cars, SUVs and pick-ups and eight for motorcycles for all makes and types.

The assessment of Concours cars will commence with a check of the underside by officials working below the inspection ramp. This will be followed by a drive in front of the racecourse grandstands with stops for judges to mark the paintwork, the interior and boot and the engine. Motorcycles are rated in a similar way in the racecourse parade ring.

Judging will open with the class for utility vehicles and veteran and vintage cars will be last to be assessed prior to the prize-giving ceremony. Motorcycles will be marked in the racecourse parade ring starting with the class for street bikes up to 350cc.

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