Enjoy events like the Safari rally
and Ferodo Concours d'elegance which have become very popular among the
tourists. The events are becoming increasingly popular in international
The World Tourism Day usually marked on
27th September annually by the World Tourism Organization, (WTO) member
countries in recognition of the important role tourism plays in national
economies is widely celebrated in here in Kenya. Kenya as a member of WTO
observed the event for the first time in 1991 - the year that was also
designated by WTO as "The Year of African Tourism". Since then,
Kenya's private and public tourism stakeholders celebrate this day a whole
week, with a climax of activities on 27th September. Members of the public
and visiting tourists are invited to join the tourism fraternity in these
events which include: special offers by service providers, free trips to
selected sites, dinner parties, music extravaganzas, game park clean-up,
tree planting, and launching of new products among others.
This is an international event organised
by World Motor Sports Council based in Paris, through the Safari Rally Kenya
Ltd. It is held only in Kenya each year, previously always during the Easter
holiday but dates are now proposed and confirmed by the Sports Council.
Interested rally drivers are invited from all over the world to take part
and they look for sponsorship from recognised companies or individuals, in
terms of provision of cars, fueling, prizes, etc.
The rally covers 3,000 Km of challenging terrain through scenic sites in
Kenya whose route is assessed and selected by the Sport council officials.
It takes 4 - 5 days of racing.
For more information, contact: The Safari Rally (K) Ltd.
P.O Box 59483, Nairobi
Tel: 254 2 723144 / 7
Fax: 254 2 723147
Ferodo Concours d'elegance
Ferodo Councours d'Elegance has become
one of Kenya's major annual events having begun 29 years ago. Held at the
Nairobi Race Course, which is approximately 10 km from the city centre, the
Concours is a vehicle beauty contest which attracts a wide variety of cars
and motor cycles which are checked for their cleanliness and condition. This
event is gaining international status with entries from countries like
Mauritius, South Africa together with our neighbouring East African
The Alfa Romeo Owners Club (Kenya) are the organisers of the Concours which
attracts cars and motorcycles as old as 1910 models. It is a closed event
for the club members although temporary membership is available to any
driver holding a current license. The cars are classified into groups such
as the "Vintage" which are made between 1914 and December 1930.
Those made before the first World War fall in the "Veteran" class.
This year's event had the oldest machine, an Otto Speedster which was made
in Philadelphia in 1910. Other attractions were a 1924 fiat, 1928 Ford
Tudor, 1934 Railton ports cars, 1966 Mercedes Benz 250 SE among others. A
1922 Triumphed marked the last event of the Century as the oldest
During this event there is also a classic sale which is open to any car of
motorcycle made in 1974 or earlier, regardless of the machines condition.
The Concour d'Elegance that will be in the year 2000 will also mark 30
great years of this great event sponsored by Alfa Romeo Owners club. The
objective will be to make it a truly international event. Prizes have been
donated by "The East African". A team of judges start assessing
the cars on a ramp in front of the Racecourse grand stands. This is followed
by a thorough scrutiny of the external finish, the interior and boot and the
engine compartment. The Motorcycles are also assessed in a similar way.
Families and friends also enjoy a fun day at the Race Course on this day.
For the there are bouncing castles, face painting, clowns and a magic show.
There is also a spectacular parachute drop by the Smirnoff Sky team. Gala
events featuring acrobats, dancers and models are also part of the