Motorcycle enthusiast Douglas Kiereini, who is also a wheat farmer in Narok, has entered two bikes for this year’s CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance to be held at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 29th. He will show his 1980 Yamaha RD 400 G and a 1980 Honda CB 750 F machines.
This is the twenty ninth time that Douglas Kiereini is participating in the classiest event on the Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) calendar. He entered the Concours for the first time in 1984 with a 1980 Yamaha RD 400 G. He has won several awards in the event including the most meritorious prize and class trophies in the motorcycle category.
The 2013 edition will be the 43rd annual Concours organised by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (Kenya). The centre piece of the event is the judging of 70 classic and vintage cars and 40 motorcycles under regulations approved by KMSF.
Regulations for the Concours are available on the Concours website www.concourskenya.com , or may be collected from the Concours office. This is located at the Bob Dewar Publicity suite in Block G of Norfolk Towers, Kijabe Street and the telephone numbers are 2229793, or 316160.
The Concours has Africa continental status for cars and motorcycles and has been an FIM.AFRICA recognised and sanctioned event since 2006. Over the years, the event has attracted entries from Australia, England, Germany, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Backed by several years of experience as a Concours competitor, Douglas Kiereini is steadily preparing his two bikes in readiness for the event in September. He said, “Every year the competition is stiff and for 29 years I have learned a lot from the contest. I am going to rectify the mistakes I made in the 2012 event and aim for the top ten finish this year.”
“The Concours is a sports competition and the contest is tough. The vehicles are marked for cleanliness and condition. This highlights the standards of presentation with the emphasis on the external finish, engine and mechanical components, trim and roadworthiness.”
“I can compare growing wheat to rebuilding my motorcycles for the Concours. They both need patience and proper preparation. Restoring my bikes for the event is a hobby, but wheat farming is a source of income. I have to plough and prepare the land for the wheat planting which takes many weeks. For the bikes I need to do the mechanical work and I have found these two tasks to be relaxing and enjoyable. They have also taught me the importance of attention to detail.”
“Rebuilding my machines and displaying them at the Racecourse for young spectators to see how bikes made in the eighties looked like, gives me a lot of pleasure. The painstakingly prepared vehicles shown at the Concours are the result of competitors’ passion for restoring them and many years of hard work.”
“My love for the two wheelers started in the seventies. As a teenager, I took part in many motorcycle racing competitions held at the Nakuru and Embakasi tracks. I also participated in motocross events held in different towns in the country.”
Douglas Kierieni is also a member of the Outriders Association of Kenya. He explained, “This comprises of motorcycles lovers and we take part in many riding events. One of the sporting activities which we hold annually is the Narok Bike Ride which raises funds to support orphans and vulnerable children.”
Over 45 entries have already been received for the 2013 Africa Concours d’Elegance. Among the cars received are the rare 1935 Austin Racer of Geet Chana, Magdi Riad’s 1959 Studebaker Champion and the 1967 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint of Gayling May.
Motorcycle entries are coming in steadily. Among the bike competitors registered for this year’s Concours are Sati Jabbal with his1925 DKW, Keith Baker will show his 1991 Honda and members of the Uganda Bikers Association will ride their ten machines around the motorcycle judging ring at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 29th.