In what can only be called a very interesting surprise and a dramatic showdown, John Wroe, father to Veronica Wroe who won last year’s edition clinched the top position at this year’s Concours d’Elegance.
John tied with his daughter Veronica Wroe on 275 points but chalked up the coveted top prize by virtue of presenting before judges an older car, a 1930 Ford Model , A.Veronica who won the event last year in a 1934 Rolls Royce Boatail, presented the best boot and tied 59-59 with her dad on engine points.
This year’s event treated spectators to some exhilarating displays in an event recognised Kenya Motor Sports Federation and the FIM Africa.
Class 1 for utility vehicles including old style four wheel drive double cabs, minibuses, pickups and light trucks made after 1970 was this year won by Jascruisers Ltd’s 1990 Landrover Defender with 249points. Larry Asego’s 1974 VW Camper came second on 190points. Harry Thuku’s 1985 Range Rover scored 172points to finish third in class.
Jascruisers racked up the most points on the underside, external interior finish, boot, engine and road worthiness.
Mohammed Anwar Fatehdin’s 1947 Ford V8 pick up emerged best in class 2 which is a preserve of utility vehicles including old style four wheel drive vehicles made in 1970 and earlier.
Class 3 of Touring cars up to 1000cc was won by Vitaform Products Ltd’s 1972 Austin Mini on 260points. Another petrolhead Tumaini Muthiga scored 260points to finish second in class.
The 1962 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia of Paul Chemngoren won class 4 of Touring cars from 1001cc to 1300cc.
Sati Gata-Aura’s 40 year old Nissan 160J won class five of Touring cars from 1301cc to 1600cc. Peter Wanday’s 1980 BMW320 emerged best in class 7 with 231 points followed by the 1966 Morris Marina of Tumaini Muthiga (223points) and the 1988 Alfa Romeo 75 of Micky Bassi.. Richard Kariuki’s 1981 BMW R65 won Class 16 of street motorcycles up to 650cc. He amassed 146points followed by Paul Aineruhanga who presented a 1997 Honda Shadow garnering 109points.