NAIROBI, September 29 – Julia Wilcox’s 1952 MG TD model scooped the top award in this year’s Schweppes Africa Concours d’ Elegance held at the Ngong Racecourse on Sunday.
Julia had entered two cars in the competition with the TD model scoring 268 points to emerge tops in the car category.
“I am happy to win both the Concours d’ Elegance and the team prize since there were lots of nice cars with good conditions and very stiff competition which led me to glory,” a delighted Julia said.
Phoenix Aviation Limited finished second with their 1928 Ford Tudor scooping 265 points while Diccon Wilcock was third with 1934 Railton garnering 259 points.
In fourth place was Gayling May whose 41 year old Alfa Romeo Sprint car was declared the most elegant vehicle in the show.
“It’s a surprise for me to win the most elegant vehicle produced in 1967, after seeing extra ordinary standards present in this competition,” Gayling stated.
The oldest competing car was the 1922 Hupmobile of Tim Hutchinson from Gilgil which attracted many fans in the show.
South Africa’s Ivor Carlson won the motorcycle category with his 1938 BAS Blue Star scoring 183 points with fellow countryman Michael Milner Smyth’s 1916 Triumph Junior in second place with 182 points.
“I am delighted with my BAS Blue Star and happy to have won this category because I didn’t expect to be the best and to have won with the highest number of points,” Carson said.
Kenya’s Karl Plietz settled for third place with his 1959 BMW R-27 scoring 179 points after he was also determined to make this year’s Concours more classical.
“The two south Africans were unstoppable since the competition was very high with one or two point differences between us which were great,” Plietz said.
The oldest competing motorcycle was the 1916 triumph junior of Michael Milner –Smyth from south Africa who also won the most elegant motorcycle class prize.
“We do have classic car events in South Africa, but nothing as grand as this and to win the most elegant motorcycle is a sweet taste,” Milner said.
Kenya’s Gursev Devgun was fourth after his Honda 750 scooped 179 points while Rick Agagliate with Moto Guzzi GTC and Sati’s Classics DKW tied in fifth position on 176 points.
The 2008 Schweppes Africa Concour D’elegance event saw competitors from Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.