CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE 9TH JULY 2000
by J-P ROQUIER
Having just come back from Kampala, I lifted the cover on my
Concours entry on the Sunday morning, having left instructions and
cleaning materials to my staff before departing... The MGA started
straight away, and off we went to the racecourse. I was hoping
Marcelina would rush and clean every nook and cranny of the car, as
everybody seems to do, I had even placed a bucket, a kibuyu of water
and some rags in the Citroen FAF “service vehicle”, but she showed no
interest in doing so... As I was busy looking around, taking pictures
of members’ cars for the VCCCK website and newsletter, the MG did not
get cleaned on the day, which probably goes some way towards
explaining the unremarkable score attained! (7h in Class, out of 7!).
Meanwhile, the Club had a hospitality tent (kindly provided and
erected by Charanjit as usual), manned this year by new committee
members Jane and Roger Bryson, who did a magnificent job. Alec Davis
was not there, but he had masterminded the whole thing and equipment,
food and drinks had all been planned. We also had a very nice
surprised when a battered Peugeot 504 station wagon turned up: it was
our member Leo Murotto who had very kindly brought a selection of
Italian delicacies for us to sample! Soon we were enjoying Italian
sandwiches and deserts for breakfast, and not missing the car
cleaning one bit! After all was said and done, the winner of the day
was Grant Stephenson in the ex St Denny 1948 Austin Champ below,
which was impressively restored.
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The winner's car!
BELOW FIND A SELECTION OF MEMBER'S CARS ENTERED IN THE EVENT.
Vitafoam's 1972 Mini
Gary Farant was here again this year with his nice 1959 220SE.
Another arch regular entrant is Anil Lakhani. Anil enjoys
restoring and polishing cars, he actually drives them little! He must
be commended for having saved many cars, this 1953 Opel Kapitan is a
perfect example, as it was bought by Anil as a total wreck!
Another type of enthusiast, Simon Fisher enjoys driving more than
polishing! He was however trying on the day... The fact that his 1934
Alvis Firefly bears 1996 number plates can be easily explained: he
bought the car in England as a restoration project, brought her to
Kenya, took her with him when his job took him to Uganda, then
re-imported the car into Kenya again!
Our very enthusiastic member Firoz Kimji splits his time between
Nairobi and Kampala, his 1965 220 SEb convertible is proudly
displayed next to a painting of the car. He too was trying hard, he
won the prize for Best Red Mercedes Entry from Uganda!!!
This 1957 Morris Minor now belongs to A.M. Selvarajah, it used to
be the webmaster's daily wheels a few years ago...
This is not an entry, only Roger Tanner's service car, I'm not
sure of the make...
Here's Roger's entry, I was not sure of the make either,
fortunately I have the entry list, which tells me it is a 1925
John Wroe is another multiple Concours entrant, here's his1928
and his magnificent 1933 Rolls Royce, which came well placed.
This is Nagin Chouhan's 1956 Dodge Kingsway, Nagin came all the
way fron Nanyuki!
Iqbal Manji's 1950 Mercedes 170D
Another entry from A.M. Selvarajah, a 1972 Jaguar XJ6.
The webmaster's entry: 1956 MGA. The service car is more
interesting, it is a 1978 Citroen FAF, if you want to find out more,
This Faf was built as a demonstrator for a proposed Kenyan
factory, which never happened, it is therefore unique in the country!
Is it possibly the only RHD FAF in the world????
Meanwhile, there was a good selection of classics parked at the
Club's tent, they were perhaps less polished, but more used -and
enjoyed than the Concours entrants! See below Mike Seldon's Morris
Minor (his only car), Philippe de Coop's Volvo Amazon (also in daily
use)and Dominique Antoine's Peugeot 203. Dom was busy judging
motorcycles on the day.
INSIDE THE TENT, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ROGER AND JANE BRYSON,
COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN CHARGE FOR THE DAY, AND LEO MUROTTO, WHO KINDLY
BROUGHT A SELECTION OF ITALIAN DELICATESSEN!
OTHER SCENES ON THE DAY:
Stuart Allison busy fixing his MGA's fuel pump....
A froggy cleaning his deux chevaux! (Christian Caldara and his
The Marchalls Peugeot 203 on the judging ramp. Marchalls have been
the Peugeot agent since the 50's, it's nice they're preserving their
heritage. Also present on the day, was the last 404 ever built, would
you believe in 1991! Photo below:
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