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Classic bike battle at Concours

NAIROBI, September 25 – A vintage 1916 Triumph junior motorcycle from South Africa will be one of the machines to watch out for in this Sunday’s Schweppes Africa Concours d’ Elegance at the Ngong racecourse.

The motorcycle which is the oldest in its class, has been entered by Mike Milner-Smyth of the Vintage Motorcycle Club of South Africa, and is among 4 motorcycles including a 1929 Velocette KN, a 1934 BSA Blue star and a 1963 BSA gold star.

Milner-Smyth is returning to the Concours for the 6th year is confident for a win this year.

“We really feel part of this Concours nowadays. We are delighted to be here, it’s my 6th time here and bring 4 motorcycles again. We have worked very hard to get them to the Concours standards,” he said.

2007 overall motorcycle winner Sati Jabbal will be hoping for a repeat first overall placing with his 1925 DKW bike.

His rivals include Milner-Smyth who won in 2004, others are Karl Pleitz who was placed first in 2005 and Agagliate, the 2006 motorcycle champion are both likely to be on the podium at prize-giving.

Pleitz is pinning his hopes on his 1958 BMW and Rick has entered a fleet of bikes including the 1997 Moto Guzzi GTC which earned him first place in 2006.

Regular motorcycle Kenyan entrant Rick Agagliate who has entered seven vintage motorcycles is aware of the stiff competition ahead from the foreign entry.

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“We have to work twice as hard you know. Before, we didn’t have much competition. Every year the foreign entries are improving as they have learnt and know what to do. I think the BSA Gold Star from South Africa is very nice and it will one of the top bikes to watch out for,” observed Agagliate.

With a day to go before the event, competitors are working long hours to complete their machines.

Besides the car beauty competition, the entrants of all classes will get a chance to also display their best fancy dress and will be judged by Ian Mbugua and Millicent Ogutu of the Phoenix Theatre.

The Concurs opens its doors this Sunday morning at 9am for a whole day filled with entertainment for the family with entries for adults at Sh400 and children Sh200.

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