#CarNews: What makes a Concours car?


Africa’s finest classic car event, CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance, is returning on Sunday, September 27th, at Ngong Racecourse Grounds, Nairobi, Kenya. But what makes a Concours-worthy car?

A concours d’elegance is literally an automotive contest of elegance. To contend in the CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance an automobile must be a well preserved or accurately restored vehicle still quite capable of doing what it was meant to do—be driven. It will almost certainly have some historic value and it will be rare. Above all, it must be elegant. And elegance is a matter of the eye and the heart.

At this year’s CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance, the field is limited to 70 cars and 40 motorcycles on a first come first served basis. The entries in the Concours are always of a high standard. Among the past overall car winners are a 1928 Chevrolet, a 1928 Ford, a 1926 Fiat, a 1934 Alvis Firefly, a 1934 Railton, a 1951 Daimler DB 18 Barker and a 1952 MGTD.

Judging is based entirely on cleanliness and condition and there are bonus points for age. As the Concours is open to all makes and types of cars and motorcycles, it is not possible to assess originality and this characteristic is not taken into consideration.

2015 CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance tickets are available on Ticketsasa.com, Capital FM, Sarova Panafric, Sarova Stanley, and all CBA branches in Nairobi and Thika. For more information, check out the official Facebook page.

CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance 2015 Regulations

Any normal roadworthy car, utility vehicle, or motorcycle made in 2012, or earlier is eligible to compete, but buggies are excluded.

The normal entry fee is Kshs. 3,500 per vehicle. The late entry fee is Kshs. 7,000 per vehicle. Competitors entering more than one vehicle will pay a fee of 3,000 shillings (or 6,000 shillings in the case of late entries) for each of the additional entries.

Entries at normal fees will be accepted forthwith, and up to noon on Friday September 11th, 2015. Provided there are vacancies, late entries will be accepted up to noon on Wednesday September 16th, 2015 and no changes are allowed after the final closure of entries at noon on Wednesday September 16th, 2015.

Each entry must be accompanied by a photocopy of the vehicle log book, or some other form of proof of age.

The event will consist of the following classes:

1.Utility vehicles (including old style four wheel drive vehicles, double cabs, mini buses and pick-ups and light trucks up to 2 tonnes).

2.Utility vehicles (made in 1990, or earlier)

3.Touring cars and station wagons up to 1,000 cc.

4.Touring cars and station wagons from 1,001 cc to 1,300 cc.

5.Touring cars and station wagons from 1,301 cc to 1,600 cc.

6.Touring cars and station wagons from 1,601 cc to 1,800 cc

7.Touring cars and station wagons from 1,801 cc to 2,000 cc.

8.Touring cars and station wagons from 2,001 cc to 3,000 cc.

9.Touring cars and station wagons from 3,001 cc to 4,000cc.

10.Touring cars and station wagons over 4,000cc

11.Rally, or racing cars (in rally, or racing trim).

12.Open sports cars (convertibles with folding roofs)

13.Veteran, vintage and post vintage cars made up to December 31st, 1940.

14.Street motorcycles up to 350 cc.

15.Street motorcycles from 351 cc. to 650 cc.

16.Street motorcycles from 651 cc. to 900 cc.

17.Street motorcycles from 901 cc. to 1,200 cc.

18.Street motorcycles over 1,200 cc

19.Trail and Enduro motorcycles

20.Competition motorcycles (including racing, motocross and trial bikes).

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  1. Avatar James Shumi January 13th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    That’s more like it…this in a way reduces the tension that had already started growing in the country…

    1. Avatar Wilmaa Flinstones January 13th, 2012 at 9:28 am

      How exactly does an extension reduce tension? Our politics won’t change in 13 months nor will our politicians… Ngoja Ngoja huumiza matumbo!

      1. Avatar Mgeni January 13th, 2012 at 11:00 am

        No news can be good on a Friday the 13th. You wait and see even the ICC cases will proceed to full trial, and Barasa will well, be fired.

        1. Avatar Mgeni January 13th, 2012 at 11:02 am

          And neither will politics in 13 months. Yaiks, all 13……

    2. Avatar Mr_wels January 13th, 2012 at 11:04 am

      This is quite disappointing, if judiaciary cannot intepret laws as per the constitution…then who do we run to? Because this was our only hope to save us from these hyenas.

      1. Avatar Fincyjunior786 January 21st, 2012 at 9:44 am

         I beg you kenyans .look buck to the institutions as in students lawyers and let them be endipendent.,

  2. Avatar Kosgei Isaac January 13th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Bogus this one

  3. Avatar sally yasis January 13th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    This will be agonising for the voters….another thirteen months politics,promises,matusi,alliances. am bored. am was for august but….

  4. Avatar Simon Kipkoros Tum January 13th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hooray to the Mps plus our 40+ Ministers more time to eat!

  5. Avatar Makoluchi January 13th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    My constitution reads elections are in August or do i have the distorted version???

    1. Avatar Guest January 13th, 2012 at 10:01 am

      There is a transition clause.

    2. Avatar Pmuluha January 13th, 2012 at 11:07 am

      the judges have clearly stated … ‘the transitional clauses’ … basically saying mwau was right.

  6. Avatar Nash January 13th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Good one. We need time to prepare effectively.  2013 it is. No coalition will collapse. Those chaps value their salaries so much!

  7. Avatar John Ndeta January 13th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Strange! An a ppeal is in order.

  8. Avatar Wanjiku Mwangi January 13th, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I knew Mwau would have his way. In Kenya judges ruling goes to the highest bidder. Mwau rooted for 2013, and Mwau now has his way. Another sad day for this compromised and rotten judiciary.

  9. Avatar Jiggah822 January 13th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    This is just Kenya where even judges don’t follow the constitution. What was the point of geting a new constitution is its not adhered to? These lazy parliamentarians need to vacate so that some work can be done in this country!

  10. Avatar Johngitunga January 13th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I am hoping by now we have put that behind our back…………….now lets to more productive work. 

  11. Avatar Emmanuelkimathi January 13th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    lets be realistic,election is not the issue but the credibility of it.i think there is enough time to prepare the credible election to avoid 07 scenario.that was wise dessision

  12. Avatar 0101101 January 13th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    august , december, march who cares…… just reduce fuel prices. from there tutajisort.!

  13. Avatar Akolong' Soit Emopus January 13th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    The Kenyan judiciary is still manipulative…….the principles and cabinet still want to enjoy tax payers hard earned money yet doing nothing to improve kenyans livelyhood.

  14. Avatar Ben Musyoka, Kitui Boys High January 13th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Just when I thought the judiciary was reforming, they hit us with a brick! When will judges stop being bribed to deliver judgements that favour one party over the other instead of judgements that adhere to the letter of the law? It is a black friday for Kenya, and several feet deeper into the grave for cridibility of the judiciary!

  15. Avatar Oloofrank January 13th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    This is a little confusing “Your Honors”, what ramification does this have for future elections. Going by this argument and taking the choosing the second alternative and we hold elections in March 2013, then the new Mps get sworn in sometime in April 2013, won’t we have some Mwaus in 2017 who will claim that in order to earn all their 5 years of salary the elections for that year should be held in June 2017 and the cycle will continue in 2022? Please clarify this once and for all

  16. Avatar Oloofrank January 13th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    This is a little confusing “Your Honors”, what ramification does this
    have for future elections. Going by this argument and taking the second alternative and we hold elections in March 2013,
    then the new Mps get sworn in sometime in April 2013, won’t we have some
    Mwaus in 2017 who will claim that in order to earn all their 5 years of
    salary the elections for that year should be held in June 2018 and the
    cycle will continue in 2022? Please clarify this once and for all

  17. Avatar Mbooni January 13th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    And there goes the hyenas in the Animal farm. Najililia Kuwa Mkenya. Why did we vote in a news constitution if we cannot follow it?

  18. Avatar Stekibila January 13th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I think we should go by the constitution. Why should we have a constitution which doesn’t work?

  19. Avatar Pmuluha January 13th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    i don’t understand why people feel the judiciary is being manipulative … they have used the law that kenyans voted for to come up with this ruling. you have no option but to follow the law.

  20. Avatar Governor Wasabi Oluoch January 13th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    We do not have any problem as long as they are done in a free and fair manner and Kenya remains peaceful

  21. Avatar legacy99 January 13th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    one of the best brilliant judgement

  22. Avatar pfoster January 13th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I’ve always said populism should not run us into trouble and this judgement is a sober one and it shows the likes of Nyachae are the problem by populist interpretations all in the name to stay relevant

  23. Avatar Alilol January 13th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    They are giving time to the fake presidential hopefuls who have been committed to ICC full trial to clear their names.They think ICC full trial will not last long for more than year.Our judicial system is not obeying the new constitution.

  24. Avatar Potsyula January 13th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I think Martha Karua is right. “Term of office must include the election period”.

  25. Avatar Peterkotuoma January 13th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Election is  Election. Let it be in 2013, this will allow the country to re-organize for the new dispensation: Financially, Socially, Academically, Religiously and Politically. Imagine, Senators and Governors are back in the System. Executive President is back, Upper Chamber and Lower Chamber is back. Thousands of Civil servants will be employed, Offices need to be constructed. The Country needs time to put it’s House in order to accommodate the these bigger family.

  26. Avatar Oludavin January 13th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

     The Supreme court knows that the Constitution must never contradict itself if it is to remain as a valid foundation for our law, because a nation with an arbitrary legal foundation will split along the same lines that the foundation has been split upon, and collapse. Arbitrary law is the definition of TYRANNY. Law is not an arbitrary thing, it is written so that men may read it, learn it, rely upo…n it, and use it to safely guide their daily activities. It must never be allowed to contradict itself, and whenever possible, must always be interpreted in a fashion that gives and preserves effective meaning to EVERY PROVISION, so as to affect a harmonious, peaceful co-existence amongst all the Code sections in the entire Code.

  27. Avatar Emuhaya Community January 13th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    The Kenyan law is supreme, which law did the judges use? Why do we have August in our constitution? Kenyans are tired of political gymnastics by a section of leaders who want to fulfill their personal interests!

  28. Avatar Uhmara January 13th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    What The Fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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