1934 Rolls Royce Boatail Crowned at 2018 CBA Africa Concours D’Elegance
In what auto judges have claimed as ‘one of the closest podium tussles in recent years’, Veronica Wroe‘s 1934 Rolls Royce Boatail made her clinch her first CBA Africa Concourse D’Elegance title, with just one point secured over the 1977 Nissan 160J of Sati Gata-Aura.
The competition was as fierce and hypnotically dramatic as the excellent Master of Ceremony’s flair through the course of the posh but fairly priced premiere event, a 48th edition for the Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club. There was drama and glamour for the enthusiastic crowd that braved the horrendous Ngong Road traffic to make it to the Race Course for the exhilarating displays of auto and motor elegance.
This year’s edition of the CBA Concours produced a new bike winner, Peter Giraudu whose 1966 Triumph TR 6C bedazzled the judges. Giraudu garnered 175 points to beat a similar but elder model, the 1925 Triumph 550 SD of Dominiqie Antoine which placed second. Third in the motorbike class was the 1964 AJS Cafe Racer of South African Martin Kaiser. The AJS was one of two motorcycles sponsored by Galleria Mall and entered into the iconic event by Vivian Mathew Kuiper and Johannesburg-based Keiser.
Keiser is contesting the Concours for the second year running with his 1964 AJS Cate Racer.The bikes category has over the years been dominated by Phoenix Aviation.
In the automotive category, Wroe savored her maiden success on a bright sunny day, full of cheerful spectators, both vintage, classic and modern cars as well as motorcycle competitors and dedicated officials. While second-placed Sati and Wroe tied on the car road worthiness, with 6 points, Wroe drifted ahead with a solitary mark in the tussle for the engine supremacy. Sati Gata-Aura previously won in 1988 with a 1978 Nissan..
It was great to see the BMW Owner’s Club of Kenya have a stand as well, a clear sign that ownership associations are growing, even though it’s taking a few years. I could spot a 1995 E39 BMW 5 series model, alongside what was possibly a 1985 E30 BMW 3 series beauty. Concours is truly the region’s must-attend event for car lovers of both the old and the new.
Aside from the 1930 Ford Model A of Miner Duder which settled for fourth place with 263 points and Kevit Desai’s 1968 Jaguar, other vehicles that peaked my interest in this year’s event included DT Dobie‘s unveiling of the all-new Mercedes Benz GLS 450, a true show-stopper, as well as a 1973 Porsche Carrera RS.
Overall Results: Car Category
- Veronica Wroe (1934 Rolls Royce Boatail) 270 points
- Sati Gata-Aura (1947 MG TG) 269 points
- Sati Gata-Aura (1977 Nissan 1600) 269 points
- Mike Duder (1930 Ford Model A) 269 points
- Kevit Desai (1968 Jaguar) 269 points
- Bharat Pitroja (1972 VW Beetle) 260 points
- Neyen Kavia (1971 MGB) 259 points