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MISSUE NO. 3616  

April 19 - 24, 2013

 

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Classic Mercedes Benz
Is Entered In Concours

Commercial Bank of Africa Limited has sponsored the
2013 Concours with a prize fund of two million shillings

Coastweek -- Apprentices at DT Dobie have entered a classic Mercedes Benz 190SL sports car in this year’s CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance to be held on September 29th at the Nairobi Racecourse.

This follows the restoration of a Nissan B140 pick-up by the apprentices last year.

This first attempt to contest the Concours rewarded them with the runner-up prize in the utility vehicle class.

The management and staff of DT Dobie were pleased with this creditable result and the apprentices have now been entrusted with the much more difficult task of rebuilding a highly regarded classic sports car.

Andrew Munyua, the DT Dobie Technical Training Instructor, said, “The 1957 Mercedes Benz 190SL was found derelict in an open sided shed and requires an extensive rebuild.

“Going by the standard of preparation achieved by the apprentices last year, we are quietly optimistic that they will achieve a top ten finish in the classiest event in the motorsport calendar.”

“The dismantling, preparation of the engine, running gear, suspension and body work of the Mercedes will give the apprentices valuable hands on experience.

“When they become fully fledged technicians at the end of their three year course, this will help them to tackle non routine work.”

He added, “For over 40 years, DT Dobie Kenya Limited has been nurturing promising youngsters who have completed high school education through a three year apprenticeship programme.

“Our “Mechatronics” curriculum is a combination of mechanics and electronics which will guide the challenging work of stripping and rebuilding a fine Mercedes sports car.”

“We are happy that these students are preparing the Mercedes 190SL for the Concours with great enthusiasm.

“They know that the class for open sports cars is highly competitive and attracts large numbers of spectators to the Total Quartz inspection ramp and the judging line in front of the Racecourse grandstands.

“The youngsters will be up against experienced and highly successful entrants, but they hope to score good marks and take home prizes.” concluded Andrew Munyua.

Commercial Bank of Africa Limited, the largest privately owned bank in the region, has sponsored the 2013 Concours with a prize fund of two million shillings.

The organizers have already received 25 car and 18 bike entries for this year’s event.

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