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103-year-old bike to feature at Concours

South African Martin Beckmann displays Concours’ oldest machine during a media briefing in Nairobi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – South African Martin Beckmann will be showcasing the oldest machine to have ever been presented in the history of the CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance at this year’s edition that will take place on Sunday at Ngong Racecourse.

The South African bike fanatic returns to the annual event displaying a 1916 B.A.S. Model K 557cc/4.2bhp motorbike which will certainly be among the entries to savor in the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Kenya organized event.

He is part of the South African trio presenting magnificent motorcycles from the Vintage Motorcycle Club.

Accompanying Beckhmann for the umpteenth time is Martin Alan Kaiser who will be making his fourth appearance in a 1969 Norton and Stephen Bakewell who has an elegant 1980 BMW bike.

Beckmann crowned his Concours debut in 2013 with victory in class presenting a 1977- 900 Ducati. He then finished and third overall and first in class in a 1947 Harley Davidson. He was at it again last year in a 1929 New Henley which also finished first in class.

“Every other year when we come for the Concours, we bring along different machines as it’s always a great pleasure interacting with enthusiastic Kenyan fans at Nairobi Racecourse.

On the last three occasions I have emerged the winner in class and hoping to continue in similar spirit and fashion this weekend.

BSA motorcycles have a rich history having been made by the Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA), which was a major British industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting firearms,” Beckmann said of his 103-year-old contraption that is enlisted in the bike class.

This year’s event is co-sponsored by Capital FM, Jamii Telcom, Sarova Group and Little Cabs among others.

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CBA Group Head of Marketing Chris Pasha during a pre-event briefing said they have partnered with two transport companies including Little Cab in a bid to ease congestion at the venue on Sunday.

This year’s event has already attracted eye-catching entries including the 1984 Mercedes Benz 230E coupe of classic enthusiast Gary Farrant and Sachit Shah’s 1967 Haflinger.

In addition, there will be 28 motor trade stands in Auto Expo which enable the motor industry to showcase their new line of vehicles and products to the motorists.

There will also be a sale of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles. Another attraction will be the Heritage Collection stand which offers a display of old equipment and machinery including old steam engines.

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