The 49th edition of the annual Africa Concours d’Elegance 2019 lived up to its expectation of cars, bikes, fashion and music. The weather thankfully, behaved- all sunny day at the classiest event on the Kenya Motor Sports Federation calendar organized by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, open to all makes of cars and motorcycles, and sponsored by NCBA Group.
It was a beautiful day which gave car lovers a chance to see the majestic work of the car and bike collectors who transform their cars in unimaginable ways from their exterior and interior elegance, engine transformation, wheels fitness and exhaust modifications. It’s always a sight to behold and totally fall in love with those on display. Over the years, the event has attracted entries from Argentina, Australia, England, Germany, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.
In the early days of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, the committee took note of the Concours d’Elegance events organised by motor clubs in many countries around the world. The top event is held at Pebble Beach in California which attracts the world’s finest cars.
To mark the Alfa Club’s first anniversary in 1971, the committee organised a Concours d’Elegance (car beauty contest) which was initially limited to Alfa cars. This became a regular yearly event. Now in its 49th year, the Concours has for the past 37 years been open to all makes and types of cars, pick-ups, station wagons and motorcycles and attracts entrants from several countries.
This year’s theme was Afro motive, which gave a chance to the attendees to come dressed in their finest African inspired outfits. Concours d’elegance is not just about cars,..it’s also about fashion, music, and entertainment.
They say old is gold and indeed it is. A vintage car is more than an automobile — it’s also a story. Every classic car is a little slice of history that tells the story of its manufacturer and the zeitgeist of its launch date. In collecting or preserving vintage cars, enthusiasts are keeping the past alive. This is one of the many important reasons as to what keeps Africa Concours d’Elegance a must attend.