One of the latest entries received for the AccessKenya Africa Concours d’Elegance is the 1938 Citroen Big 6 of Oscar Bigi who has been sourcing spares and rebuilding this unusual car for several years. This will be the first appearance of a pre-World War II Citroen in the 39 year history of the Concours. This year’s event will be run by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 27th.
Right hand drive versions of Citroen cars were built in England and Bigi’s car was shipped to Kenya in 1950 by a railway engineer. Bigi is the fourth owner and his Citroen will be contesting the class for pre-1940 cars. Among the other “golden oldies” in contention will be the 1926 Fiat of Tor Frost, Simon Fisher’s 1934 Alvis Firefly and Diccon Wilcock’s Railton which was made in the same year.
The Classic Car and Motorcycle Sale which will be held at the Concours presents an opportunity to pick up an interesting machine made in 1984, or earlier. Among the vehicles listed for the Sale are a 1952 BSA motorcycle, a 1972 Mercedes Benz and a Toyota Celica made in 1973. The oldest car on offer is a 1950 Morris Minor. A 1970 Mercedes which has been prepared for classic rallies will attract the attention of motor sport enthusiasts.
This year’s Concours has attracted a high number of big cars and motorcycles. The over 3,000cc car class features four Jaguars, the 1981 Mercedes 300TD of Iqbal Manji and a 1960 Chevrolet Biscyane entered by Fullbore Shades. The oldest car in the class is the 1946 Plymouth of Magdy Reyad.
The motorcycle list has four Harley Davidsons and these giant American bikes will be great attractions in the motorcycle judging ring. Newcomer to the Concours Henry Hunt will be showing a 2005 Harley Davidson and a diminutive 1957 Lambretta scooter.
This Italian machine will appear in the up to 350cc street motorcycle class and will be competing against the 1959 BMW R27 of Karl Pleitz. He will have a busy day on September 27th as he has also entered a MGB GT touring car.