DT Dobie apprentices are busy assembling a 57 year-old Mercedes Benz 190SL sports car for this year’s CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance scheduled for September 28 at the Nairobi Racecourse.

This classic open two seater was found derelict in an open sided shed and the complete restoration started last year. The assignment will help the apprentices to tackle non routine work when they become fully fledged technicians at the end of their three year course.

The Mercedes 190SL will contest the class for convertibles and open sports cars which is one of the 12 categories in the Concours for all makes and types of cars, station wagons, SUVs and light utility vehicles.

There are also eight classes for motorcycles which will be judged in the Racecourse parade ring. The event rewards the owners of well kept cars and bikes by having their machines rated by experienced officials and gives the opportunity for them to win prizes.

To ensure high standards of judging entries are limited to 70 cars and 40 motorcycles. Already car entries are heading for the 60 mark and nearly 30 motorcycles are on the list.

In addition to the Concours, a Classic Car and Motorcycle Sale will be held at the Racecourse to help the owners of unwanted machines made in 1989, or earlier.

Regulations for the Concours d’Elegance, the Classic Car and Motorcycle Sale and Auto Expo (the motor trade section) are available from the event website (, or from the Bob Dewar Publicity offices in Norfolk Towers, Kijabe Street.

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