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June 2011 Issue No.8

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Audi A4 Allroad Quattro

A vehicle that knows no boundaries NEWS

REVIEWS

CAR CLINIC

TECH COUNCEL

MOTORSPORTS

INTERVIEW


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Cover Story The Audi Quattro A vehicle that knows no boundaries Page 12-17

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Local News We spend sometime with the contenders of the up coming Concours d’Elegance Page 6-9 New Car Review The new Volkswagen’s Amarok “lone wolf ” Page 12-17

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Ask the Mech How to Maintain your shocks Page 18-19 Used Car Review Trying out the Toyota Celica Page 20-21 Upcoming Event Hot Rides is back and hotter! Page 22-25

FEATURES Motor Sports What’s new in the upcoming KCB Safari Rally Page 26-43 Interviews Lets Talk Pace Notes Page 31-35 Book and Movie Review Get to read and watch whats new in the market Page 44-45


Feedback Motor Sports

Ask The Mech

We have noticed that you don’t talk much about the motor sports sector especially on Motor Cross and Go-Karts. Please consider updating us more in such areas. Mark Maina Via E-mail

Your last topic on Vehicle recovery guidelines was very helpful. I cannot wait to read the next issue. Kwame Mwaura Via Facebook

Thats a great point Mark. We have done something on those topics in this issue. Please check them out. Editor

Well thanks Kwame. We hope to keep our readers on toes. Editor

Publish Classifieds I’ve noticed that you do not publish any classified’s in your new, redesigned magazine. Well, please consider bringing them back as they are a reliable barometer to the used car prices. Aggy Muthoni Nairobi

Write to us: Motor Trader P.O Box: 21824, 00400 Email: info@motortrader.co.ke

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Aggy, point noted. We will definitely work on that in our subsequent editions. Editor

CAPTION CONTEST Catherine Maina of Thika floored the obvious favourites - men - to win the caption contest. She wrote: how ever much you cost, daddy loves me more. Think you can do better than that on this months photo? Send your caption. If we like it, we’ll reward you with 2,000ksh. Email: info@motortrader.co.ke or text: 0738135889


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“An Optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”, mused Wiston Churchill. In this edition, read about the all new Audi Quattro which comes with three engine types all turbo charged. We believe its sporty features will interest you both as a reader or potential owner. Still on the sporty vehicles, we test drive the Toyota Celica 2004 model and compare it to its predecessors. This edition also gives you all details about the new Volkswagen’s Amarok “lone wolf ” , a new line of pickups that are giving Toyota Hilux and Nissan Navara a run for their money and market. The question is what new features does it bring along and what makes it unique compared with its counterparts? Some things in life just sound too complicated to wrap our brains around. Quantum physics, women and brain surgery are all fields that leave most men alike scratching their heads in bewilderment. All too often, the inner workings of an automobile’s suspension gets lumped alongside these enigmatic subjects. Even seasoned gear heads, who can blueprint an engine without so much as breaking a sweat, get weak in the knees around torsion bars and steering knuckles. Get the basic layout of how the shock absorber works and what shocks best suit your car. In Motor Sport we interview renowned drivers in Kenyan Rally, see what they have to say about Kenyan rally, their highs and lows and how the world of motor sports affects their lives. Also we get to talk to young champions that are making Kenya proud both in Motor cross and Go-karts. Lastly, we have the book and movie review. In the book, equip yourself with the basic principles and practices of automotive mechanics. Have you watched “Fast and the Furious”, “Tokyo Drift”, or “Death Race”? well that’s nothing compared to “Fast Five” the movie. Watch it or make sure you include it into your bucket list. Enjoy!

Joseph Murai

joe@motortrader.co.ke

What we’re up to this Month! Should you see any skyline, supra, evo or even subaru in your rear view mirror. All that we can advice you “Give way”. this month we head to Naivasha to experience the thrills of mai mahiu and the spectacular views of Mt Longonot as we test drive the BMW 5 series..


LOCAL NEWS

ICONIC JAGUAR E-TYPE TO CONTEST THE ACCESSKENYA AFRICA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE n iconic Jaguar E-Type sports coupe has been entered by Matthias Koehler to contest the 2011 AccessKenya Africa Concours d’Elegance at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 25th. Koehler’s 1972 E-Type has a 5,343cc V12 engine developing 272 horsepower giving the sleek Jaguar a top speed of 228 kilometers per hour. This year’s AccessKenya Africa Concours d’Elegance will be the 41st in the annual series organized by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club. The event is aimed at rewarding the owners of well kept cars and motorcycles made in 2009, or earlier and there are 12 car classes and eight for motorcycles. The regulations for the Concours, the Classic Car and Motorcycle Sale and Auto Expo (the motor-trade section) are available on the Concours website www.concourskenya.com and from the office in the Bob Dewar Publicity suite in Block G. of Norfolk Towers, Kijabe street. Koehler will be competing in the category for over 3,000cc touring cars which has already attracted two Rolls Royce limousines and the 1968 Jaguar 420 of Kevit Desai who won the class last year. Over the years Matthias Koehler has scored an impressive list of successes in the Concours. In 2009 he won the class for large touring cars with a 1978 Jaguar XJ6 and earned a top ten place. His E-Type has been completely dismantled and is being painstakingly rebuilt for the appearance at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 25th. It seems likely that he will be a strong contender for a podium prize. 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type which is rated as one of the most famous and desirable cars in automotive history. Jaguar will mark the anniversary year with high profile events including appearances at the Goodwood Revival and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California which is the most important Concours in the world. Matthias Koehler’s entry in the AccessKenya Africa Concours d’Elegance links Af-

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rica with other international events featuring the E-Type this year. Already, over 40 cars and more than 20 motorcycles are listed for the Concours indicating there will be a full field. Among the recently received entries is a superb 1965 Mercedes Benz 230SL which will be shown by Gai Cullen in the crowd pulling class for over 1600cc sports cars. She will be up against the 1966 Triumph TR4A of John Sawers and two Alfa Romeo Spiders entered by Angelo Esposito and Michael Tilley. Gai Cullen has also entered her 1960 Triumph Tiger Cub and 2007 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle. The Triumph will contest the up to 350cc street motorcycle class which also features the 1959 BMW R27 of Karl Pleitz and Sati Jabbal’s 1925 DKW.

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Smart view: How the new AMG compares with the rest! The new Tribeca has been developed with the goal of balancing improved performance and environmental considerations.


LOCAL NEWS

FIRST EVER FERRARI FOR THE ACCESS KENYA AFRICA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE CONCOURS FERRARI. Marzio Kravos checks the preparation of the body shell of his 1974 Ferrari 308 sports coupe which has been entered for the AccessKenya Africa Concours d’Elegance scheduled for September 25th. This is the first ever Ferrari entry for the Concours which has been held annually by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club for the past 41 years.

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otor sport enthusiast Marzio Kravos has entered a 1974 Ferrari 308 GT4 for the 2011 AccessKenya Africa Concours d’Elegance which will be run by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club on September 25th. This will be the first ever appearance of a Ferrari at the Nairobi Racecourse and will be a landmark in the 41 year history of the classiest event on the motor sport calendar. The sleek V8 engined Ferrari is being completely rebuilt for the Concours and the East African Safari Classic Rally to be held in November. The legendary Italian manufacturer is best known for Formula One and road going sports cars. At first sight the choice of a Ferrari for a long distance endurance rally seems out of place, but Kravos exudes quiet confidence. He explained, “Ferrari cars are designed to last and are built of quality components.”

by corresponent “Rally enthusiasts at the AccessKenya Africa Concours d’Elegance will be able to view the Ferrari in the competition car class. I think they will leave the Racecourse sharing my opinion that the car has the potential to be a top ten finisher in the Classic Safari.” The Concours rewards the owners of well kept cars and motorcycles made in 2009, or earlier. Judging is carried out in accordance with the regulations which have been approved by the Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) and sanctioned by the FIM AFRICA. The regulations are available on the website www.concourskenya.com, or from Bob Dewar Publicity offices in Block G of Norfolk Towers, Kijabe Street. The email address is info@bobpr. com and the office telephone numbers are 316160, or 2229793 (during working hours). The website also features the regulations for the Classic Car and Mo-

torcycle Sale and Auto Expo (the motor trade section) which will be held in conjunction with the Concours. The first step in car judging is a check on the underside using the Total ramp in front of the main Racecourse grandstands. While cars are on the ramp judges assess the finish of the underside followed by a check of the exhaust system and a look for oil and water leaks. Subsequently the paintwork, interior, boot and engine are checked by officials stationed along the judging line. Motorcycles are marked in a similar way in the Racecourse parade ring. In addition to the Ferrari, cars contesting the Concours for the first time include the David Kahara’s 1974 Renault R4 and the 1966 Hilman Imp of Thika enthusiast Vinay Shah. Among cars which will be competing for the second time are Walter Serem’s massive 1952 Chevrolet and Michael Muya’s 1956 Ford Zodiac.

Whats beneath The Cage?

ENGINE: The new 3.6-liter boxer engine features Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS)

DRIVE: A substantially revised 5-speed Automatic transmission with newly designed control unit,

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INTERIOR: Re-calibrated rear suspension with new bushings improves ride comfort.


LOCAL NEWS

FIFTY NINE YEAR OLD GOLDEN CHEVY FOR THE CONCOURS by corresponent

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airobi motoring enthusiast Walter Serem has entered a 59 year old Chevrolet Deluxe for this year’s AccessKenya Africa Concours d’Elegance to be held by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club at the Nairobi Racecourse on September 25th. This 1952 car which is painted in a beautiful golden colour appeared for the first time at the Concours last year and was placed third in the up to 3000 cc touring car class. Talking about the Chevrolet (known as a “Chevy” in motoring circles), Walter Serem said, “This car belonged to a senior chief in the fifties and I found it abandoned in a farm in Ruiru. This is a very interesting vehicle which has become rather rare and there are only a few left in the country. I am very excited to show it for the second time at the Concours.” “I am going to rectify the points that I lost in the 2010 event by rebuilding the engine and the body of the Chevy. The interior also requires entirely new upholstery. I am hoping by the Concours day on September 25th this car will be a sight to behold and I will be among the top ten in the car category.” Walter Serem has also entered a 1956 Hillman Husky in this year’s AccessKenya Africa Concours. He said, “I entered this car for the first time in 2009 and it was placed second in the touring car class up to 1300 cc. The most notable feature

of this vehicle is the smiling chrome grill and “Buffy” lines and contours. It is a three door hatch back and can be used as a load carrier during the week by folding the back seat and a family car at the weekend by opening up the back seat.” For the third successive year, the AccessKenya Group will sponsor the Concours which is the classiest event on the Kenya Motor Sport Calendar. The Concours has full Africa status for cars and is an FIM AFRICA recognised and sanctioned competition. The event has a prize fund of 1.75 million shillings and is open to all makes and types of cars, station wagons, pick-ups and motorcycles made in 2009, or earlier. The event provides the opportunity for enthusiasts to show their treasured machines in the 12 classes for cars and eight for motorcycles. Already over 48 entries are listed for the vehicle beauty contest. Walter Serem’s 1952 Chevy will contest the up to 3,000 cc car category. Among the vehicles registered in this class are the 1967 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint of Gayling May, Magdi Riad’s 1948 Plymouth and Michael Muya’s 1956 Ford Zodiac. Other cars on the 2011 AccessKenya African Concours d’Elegance entry list are the 1950 Jaguar Mark V of Phoenix Aviation, Roger Tanner’s 1952 Rolls Royce and Marzio Kravos’s 1974 Ferrari. Vinay Shah will show his 1966 Hilman 8 June 2011

Imp, Sati Gata-Aura will compete in a 1972 Nissan 160J and Harry Thuku will display a 1972 Land Rover. Motorcycle entries are coming in steadily. Among the bike competitors registered for this year’s Concours are Karl Pleitz with his 1959 BMW, Sati Jabbal will compete with a 1925 DKW and Milan Shah will show a 1969 Yamaha XS. A contingent of 11 members of the Uganda Bikers Association will be riding their massive motorcycles from Kampala to Nairobi to contest the Concours. These include BMW, Honda and Yamaha machines. The AccessKenya Group has updated the Africa Concours d’Elegance website to reflect the status of the event and make it more user friendly. The regulations for the Concours are currently available from the website www.concourskenya. com. They may also be obtained from the event office in the Bob Dewar Publicity premises at Block G Norfolk Towers, Kijabe Street. Email address is info@bobpr.com and the telephone numbers are 316160 or 2229793 (during office hours).


LOCAL NEWS

APA Insurance launches BimaBamba Motor Insurance BimaBamba Motor Insurance is payable in easy installments and the package includes seven additional benefits to customers

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n 28th April 2011, APA Insurance launched a comprehensive motor insurance cover – BimaBamba Motor Insurance that can be paid in easy installments. Payments for the cover will be remitted through Cash, M-PESA, Airtel Money and PesaPoint. “Motor insurance unlike other covers is not optional. Unfortunately, the recent increase in motor insurance rates has almost doubled premiums thereby increasing the burden as many individuals find it very difficult to cater for large one off payments, as most individuals budget a monthly not on annual basis” said APA Insurance CEO Ashok Shah during the launch of the product. “This innovative product provides a response to the challenge as it will ease the burden of looking for premiums as payments can now be made easily and conveniently” Additional features on the package includes: cover of up to Ksh. 100,000 on hospitalization following an accident, Income supplement of Kshs.1,000 per day in case of extended hospitalization following an accident from day 4 up to 10 days, political violence and terrorism

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cover, excess protector, and subsidized tracking devices. APA Insurance has been in the forefront of re-writing the insurance rule book by creating a new open approach to conducting insurance business. The approach seeks to burst the myths that make insurance unattractive to clients and as a result the firm has introduced industry breaking products such as the HIV/AIDS Health cover, Agricultural Insurance that covers livestock and crops among others. The firm is in a move to offer a one stop investment solution through the group entities: Apollo Life Assurance Ltd, Apollo Asset Management which forms Apollo Investment Limited (AIL), which recently signed up a deal worth Ksh 1.2 billion with Leap Frog Investments, the world’s largest equity fund focused on insurance to under-served people and markets. The fund will be used to expand Apollo Investment Limited micro insurance product portfolio, while Leap Frog will provide capital and expertise on micro insurance. APA insurance has earned recognition as the largest Insurer in the country with a gross written premium of over Ksh 4.7 billion as at December, 2010.

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LOCAL NEWS

New VW Amarok Pickup

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lack is white, the sea is red, 14 moons hang in the night sky and we’re living on a different world. How else do you explain Volkswagen’s Amarok? A tough-as-boots twin-cab, ladder chassis, ‘north-south’ engine, a leafsprung live rear axle and a big tradies’ tub… since when do we find such things with a Volkswagen badge nose and tail? But there it is, the handsome Amarok – Volkswagen’s “lone wolf ” (it’s an Inuit word).

Spending time both on and off-road at the wheel of the upstaged Amarok High line these easily is one serious contender for the segment that Hilux has dominated for 30 years. INTERIOR Quality: Tactile surfaces look and feel good. The dominating ‘Volk’s familystyle’ dash is clean and well-designed, and controls are where you expect to find them. 10 June 2011

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It feels a distinct step-up from the HiLux - it also feels tight (we couldn’t belt a rattle into it). The handbrake is on the wrong side, but the hill-hold assist means you will have little reason to reach for it off-road (or on). Comfort: The seat cushions are typically VW-firm, but well shaped for on and off-road work and quite comfortable. Trim front and back is appealing


LOCAL NEWS charcoal-grey, and looks and feels hardwearing. Importantly, rear leg and headroom is surprisingly good (more like a sedan) thanks to the long, wide and square cabin.

1620mm wide and a load area of 2.52 square metres. With the heavy duty suspension it can take a 1.2 tonne standard pallet (1157kg, around 65 dozen-cases of wine in case you’re wondering), and tow 2800kg (750kg unbraked).

Equipment: Climate controlled air-con, six-speaker CD/radio system, cruise control, multi-function display, map-lights, 18-inch alloys, chrome accents and dark tinted glass (rear cab).

ON THE ROAD Driveability: The 2.0 litre twin turbo-diesel is strong and under stressed. It pulls without harshness beyond 4000rpm (redlined at 5000rpm) and is well-matched to the notchy six-speed manual ZF transmission. Both 5th and 6th are overdrive gears. While 6th is pretty lifeless (the Amarok is pulling barely 1800rpm at 100km/h), change down, and there is a willing surge of acceleration for overtaking. At this point, best in class on-road.

Storage: One of the biggest tubs in the segment, 1555mm long and

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Refinement: Again, best in class. Outside, there is the typical diesel clatter, but inside it’s barely evident. Road and wind noise is low and there is no ‘drumming’ or resonance from the empty tray.

ENGINE (2ltr tfsi/tdi & 3ltr) 2000cc DOHC 4WD Turbo diesel 240Bhp

Performance 7.91/ 100km

TORQUE (EEC Nm) @rpm 400Nm @ 1500rpm

TRANSMISSION 6 speed ZF manual No Auto available

TOP SPEED (kph)

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Suspension: A quality double wishbone front-end and leaf-spring rear, the Amarok is available with ‘heavy-duty’ or ‘comfort’ suspension - we drove the heavy-duty spec, unladen. HD suspension gets extra leaves onto the rear springs. We were surprised then to find it such an easy and stable on-road ride – even over secondary road surfaces there was little pitching and jarring and good cornering grip. Braking: Big 303mm discs up front and drums rear, with ABS and traction control. The Amarok also provides an off-road ABS and traction control setting that ‘ploughs-in’ the front wheels and halves loose stopping distances. Off road: Off road it’s the real McCoy - this is no light duty truck. With a switchable high and low range 4MOTION 4X4 system, a super-rigid chassis and heavy under-body protection, the June 2011 11

Amarok is built for the rough stuff. On steep rutted pinches and fire trails, it’s a match for the benchmark Triton. Like the Triton’s ‘super-select’ 4X4 system, the Amarok’s centre differential system and rear difflock allows the lugging torque of the diesel to simply ‘wind’ its way up and over. Approach (28 degrees), departure (23.6 degrees) and ramp-over angles are good, as is wheel articulation. And the descent-control’ makes easy work of loose, slippery steep declines. And, as we also found (but some didn’t), although shod with dual-purpose Bridgestone Dueller tyres, you don’t need a shower of revs with a four-wheel-drive system of this capability to get through the deeply rutted glue-pots that stopped some. SAFETY Motor Trader rating: 5-Star. Safety features: Driver and front passenger airbags, front head/thorax side airbags, electronic stability control with brake assist and ABS, off-road ABS/ASR and EDL. HOW IT COMPARES | VALUE FOR MONEY Toyota Hilux SR5 3.0DT ($53,690): This is the one the Amarok Highline is hunting. The HiLux has a deserved reputation and unbeatable resale values. But it’s vulnerable; it’s costly and it’s ageing. On-road the Amarok is better, off-road it’s at least a match. Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R 2.5DT ($47,990): The Amarok has a bigger tray and payload capability, is a better drive on road and, again, at least a match off it. The Triton holds a considerable price advantage though. Navara ST-X 2.5DT ($50,990): Nissan’s blunt Navara is a strong performer on road and not bad off it, but looks dated outside and in. But, it is heavily discounted at the moment and, like the others above, available in auto. Note: prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery, taxes or on-road costs.


COVER STORY

A vehicle that knows no boundaries:

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udi has launched the Audi A4 allroad quattro. With its permanent all-wheel drive and increased ground clearance, the Audi A4 can handle any road or trail; it also offers driving pleasure - even on unpaved surfaces. Naturally, the Audi A4 allroad quattro features all the innovative technologies which impart to the A4 model line its superiority: a range of powerful and highly energy-efficient engines, Audi drive select (intelligent handling technology), the high-tech S tronic transmission, and innovative communication and assistance systems.

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COVER STORY Design The design of the Audi A4 allroad quattro recalls the Audi A4 Avant: crisp lines enclose tastefully curved surfaces and the low roof line establishes a coupélike silhouette. Striking details re-interpret this model line’s sporty elegance. The moon-gray single-frame radiator grille bears vertical chrome strips; an accentuated bumper and large air inlets underscore this vehicle’s unique identity. Chrome rings encircle the fog lights. And in the option featuring xenon plus headlights, light-emitting diodes comprise the daytime running lights and taillights. Underneath the front end and tail end, the A4 allroad has a stainless-steel underbody guard. Viewed from the side, the vehicle dazzles with flared wheel arches, angular sills (available with stainless-steel insert strips), and large wheels - 17-inch wheels in 7-arm design are standard. The roof is capped off by an offset rail with two high crosspieces. The width of the Audi A4 allroad quattro is emphasized by the rear bumper’s distinctive styling and the integrated horizontal reflectors. On the 2.0 TDI, the two exhaust tailpipes appear side by side; on the 2.0 TFSI and 3.0 TDI, they terminate to the left and to the right. Body and Luggage Compartment The Audi A4 allroad quattro is a truly expressive car. Its measurements include: 4.72 meters (15.49 ft) in length, a wheelbase of 2.81 meters (9.22 ft), 1.84 meters (6.04 ft) in width, and 1.50 meters (4.92 ft) in height. It also features greater ground clearance than the Audi A4 Avant: 180 millimeters (7.09 inches) when the Audi A4 allroad quattro is unloaded. Audi has created a vehicle body consisting primarily of high-strength and ultra-strong steel panels - which, in turn, reduce the car’s weight while enhancing its rigidity, vibrational comfort, and impact safety. An array of precisely arranged metal sections protects passengers in the event of an accident. In addition to the two front airbags, which take into consideration the pre-

cise positions of the driver and frontseat passenger, there are side air bags in the front and, optionally, in the rear as well. Last but not least, a headprotection airbag system also stands at the ready. The integral head-restraint system in the front diminishes the risk of whiplash in the event of a rear-end collision. The luggage compartment’s base capacity is 490 liters (17.30 cubic feet). This can be increased, however, to an impressive 1,430 liters (50.50 cubic feet) and a length of 1.78 meters (5.84 feet) by folding down the split rear-bench backrest, which optionally features a load-through hatch with removable ski bag. The hatch is exactly one meter wide (3.28 feet). The luggage compartment boasts an ingenious design which enhances its use and is lined with high-quality carpet.. Interior Refined touches, uncompromising quality and flawless functionality: the interior of the Audi A4 allroad quattro embodies all the strengths for which Audi is renowned. The cockpit clearly serves the driver. Among the control unit’s highlights: the standard electromechanical handbrake - which has replaced the lever on the center console with a button - and the central onboard monitor. A color display complements the concert or symphony sound system, or the MMI navigation system plus; the MMI’s offset control unit is housed in the center console. Customers can choose one of several different trim materials: an exclusive allroad fabric, two types of leather, or an Alcantara/leather combination. The fabric designs are available in two colors and the leather trim in seven colors (two of which feature sporty contrasting stitching). Standard inlays are micrometallic platinum; options include aluminum trigon, natural finegrain ash, laurel nutmeg, and walnut brown. Carpeting is made of velour; the headlining is star silver, linen beige, or black (optional). Many of the operating controls gleam thanks to their 14 June 2011

standard aluminum look; the door sill trims bear special allroad logos. As for seats, Audi offers a seat-heating system, electrical adjustability, a sporty version with pronounced side sections, and climate-controlled comfort seats. The latter not only can be heated, but also deliver relief on hot days thanks to an integrated cooling unit with small fans. The long wheelbase of the Audi A4 allroad quattro ensures plenty of interior space even on the rear bench seat. The Engines Audi will initially offer three different engines for the Audi A4 allroad quattro: a gasoline engine and two diesel engines. All three are turbocharged direct-fuel-injection engines. They command respect

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ENGINE (2ltr tfsi/tdi & 3ltr) 2995cc V6 4WD 211 / 170 / 240Bhp

Performance 29.04 / 36.75 / 33.13 mpg

TORQUE (EEC Nm) @rpm 350 / 350 / 500 Nm

TRANSMISSION Dual Clutch Transmission

TOP SPEED (kph) 230 / 213 / 236 kph


COVER STORY due to excellent performance, impressive pulling power, smooth running, and high fuel efficiency. The engines are further bolstered by pioneering technologies arising from Audi’s modular efficiency expertise. For example, all three units boast a standard on-board recuperation system, which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy during deceleration. The 2-liter TFSI - voted “Engine of the Year” on four consecutive occasions by an international panel of experts - incorporates three high-end technologies: FSI direct gasoline injection, the turbocharger, and the Audi valvelift system, which boosts pulling power by means of a variable control system. Between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm, the four-cylinder engine delivers 350 Nm of torque to the crankshaft. Peak output is 155 kW (211 bhp). In addition, the 2-liter TFSI propels the Audi A4 allroad quattro to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 6.9 seconds, and to a top speed of 230 km/h (142.92 mph). On average, it consumes a mere 8.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (29.04 mpg). As for the 2.0 TDI, the successor to the most successful diesel engine ever, a common-rail system providing injection pressure of 1,800 bar ensures excellent driving refinement. The two-liter diesel engine delivers 350 Nm between 1,750 and 2.500 rpm. A respectable 125 kW (170 bhp) provides admirable output, yet requires just 6.4 liters of fuel per 100 km (36.75 mpg). The Audi A4 allroad quattro 2.0 TDI reaches 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 213 km/h (132.35 mph).

The very best of the three engines is the 3.0 TDI. This V6 diesel produces 176 kW (240 bhp) and transmits 500 Nm of torque to the crankshaft at 1,500 to 3,000 rpm. The 3.0 TDI in conjunction with S tronic propels the Audi A4 allroad quattro to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.4 seconds, and tops out at 236 km/h (146.64 mph). On average, the three-liter engine sips only 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (33.13 mpg). Like the other two engines, it already meets the EU’s Euro 5 emission standard. The Driveline The 2.0 TDI transmits its power to a six-speed manual transmission. The 3.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI feature the next generation of Audi’s dynamic and very efficient S tronic. This innovative dualclutch transmission switches extremely smoothly among its seven gears within a few hundredths of a second. S tronic also excels thanks to its high efficiency ratio and a broad spread of the gear ratios. The seven-speed S tronic has a fully automatic mode at the ready: the driver can shift as required, if necessary via shift paddles on the steering wheel. In the Audi A4 allroad quattro drivetrain, the differential is in front of the clutch and immediately behind the engine. This technical stroke of genius made it possible to reposition the front axle much closer to the vehicle’s front end, in turn allowing for a long wheelbase and an ideal distribution of the axle loads. The benefits include steady straight-line stability, superb ride comfort, and excellent driving dynamics.

The Chassis The width of the Audi A4 allroad quattro lays the foundation for its driving dynamics. The car’s track is 1,583 mm (62.32 in.) at the front and 1,574 mm (61.97 in.) at the rear - some 20 mm (0.79 in.) wider, respectively, than the A4 Avant. The body is higher on account of a new chassis with longer springs, which - like the new shock absorbers - combine sportiness with comfort. The standard, 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels are fitted with 225/55 tires. At a diameter of 690 millimeters (27.17 inches), even this standard configuration looks rather imposing. For the time being, Audi is also offering 18-inch wheels. The chassis in the Audi A4 allroad quattro retains all the advantages which distinguish the A4 model line. Steering is straightforward and responsive. A steering box beneath the wheel conveys the driver’s input directly to the wheels. The five-link front suspension and the selftracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension consist largely of aluminum to reduce unsprung weight. 16-inch brakes with excellent cooling behavior provide for rapid deceleration. It should come as no surprise that the Audi A4 allroad quattro offers sportiness, comfort, and stability onroad and offroad. After all, it is an A4. On rough terrain, the Audi A4 allroad quattro relies on a high-tech feature of its Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP): the Offroad Detection (ORD) technology automatically identifies the type of driving surface and adjusts the ESP’s control parameters accordingly. When

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The Audi A4 allroad quattro is a truly impressive, safe, and fast car. Audi will initially offer three different engines for the Audi A4 allroad quattro: a gasoline engine and two diesel engines.

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Audi will initially offer three different engines for the Audi A4 allroad quattro: a gasoline engine and two diesel engines.

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The 2.0 TDI transmits its power to a six-speed manual transmission.

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The interior of the Audi A4 allroad quattro embodies all the strengths for which Audi is renowned.


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250,000 th Land Rover Freelander 2 the driver depresses the gas pedal, ESP increases propulsive power by tolerating more wheel spin than otherwise. If necessary, it will override for a time in the interests of safety. On paved roads, Audi drive select further enhances the joys of driving. This control system automatically and perfectly adapts the personality of the Audi A4 allroad quattro to the driver’s preferences. Equipment Packages The Audi A4 allroad quattro will be available at dealerships early this summer at a basic price of 37,100 euros. It is generously equipped with 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, fog lights, a headlight washer system, roof rails, a convenient luggage-compartment cover, a reversible loadliner, an automatic climate-control system, an electromechanical handbrake, and a sound system with CD player. Optional equipment also includes a multitude of attractive features. The high-beam assistant automatically switches between high beams and low beams. The two-part panoramic glass roof with an electrically operated interior shade suffuses the interior with sunlight and fresh air. And the electromechanical tailgate, the ingenious three-zone climate-control system, the xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED reverse lights, and the climate-controlled com-

fort seats are all luxurious options. If a customer so desires, they can take delivery of an Audi A4 allroad quattro with innovative assistance systems straight from the luxury class. Audi lane assist helps the driver to remain in a given lane, while Audi side assist makes it safer to change lanes. Adaptive cruise control is a radar-assisted cruise-control system which detects vehicles ahead and maintains the proper following distance by braking and accelerating on its own. Should the rate of deceleration for some reason not suffice, the system alerts the driver via one of two alarms based on the extent of danger. Audi also offers top-notch multimedia options. The world-class MMI navigation plus system belongs to Audi’s cutting-edge generation of new high-tech devices. It integrates a color display with three-dimensional maps, a DVD player, a voice-activated unit facilitating wholeword commands, and a large hard disk drive which stores data for navigation, music, and phoning. MMI navigation plus can be rendered even more sophisticated by means of tuner modules which enable digital TV/radio reception. Last but not least, a Bang & Olufsen sound system indeed constitutes a luxurious extra: its 14 speakers delivering 505 watts create breathtaking surround sound.

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he Land Rover manufacturing plant at Halewood in the UK had a festive air when the employees celebrated the completion of the 250,000th Freelander 2 model. Production began in 2007 and in the last year, sales increased by 22 per cent. 70 per cent of Freelanders are exported to over 140 countries including Kenya. CMC, the local dealer, has a wide selection of Defender, Freelander, Discovery and Range Rover models which each define the world’s 4 X 4 sectors. The Freelander is a five door station wagon SUV powered by a 2.2 litre turbo charged diesel engine. CMC offers prospective buyers the choice of the base S model, the SE, or the HSE version which has an impressive list of luxury features. All three models share the same 2.2 litre turbo engine which is mated to a six speed automatic gear box. The SE and the HSE are upholstered with fine leather and the front seats have a memory function. Tinted window glass and a parking distance control sensor for reversing are standard equipment for the SE and HSE. There is an appealing choice of colours for prospective buyers to select their preference. The award winning Freelander offers class leading on and off road performance with good fuel economy. Anti-lock brakes and electronic traction control and the comfortable cabin have contributed to the growing popularity of the Freelander.


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ASK THE MECH

An introduction to the most misundersto Some things in life just sound too complicated to wrap our brains around. Quantum physics, women and brain surgery are all fields that leave students and most men alike scratching their heads in bewilderment. All too often, the inner workings of an automobile’s suspension gets lumped alongside these enigmatic subjects. Even seasoned gear heads, who can blueprint an engine without so much as breaking a sweat, get weak in the knees around torsion bars and steering knuckles. Of course, many people are quite happy not knowing why it is that their vehicle can go over a bump without bottoming out. Sure, ignorance can be bliss, but knowledge is power. That’s why Motor Trader is here to arm you with more suspension information than you can shake a dip stick at. First things first, we need to understand how your suspension system ties into your vehicle and how it works. Then, we’ll investigate the good stuff: how to tweak and tune your suspension for improved handling, daring looks and extreme performance.

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s shocking as it may sound, shock absorbers are probably one of the most useful inventions of the automotive age. Imagine if you will a world without shock absorbers. The tiniest bump or dip in the streets would send violent, shimmying waves pulsating through your vehicle and your backside without end. Any off-pavement trek would have to be followed by an immediate trip to the dentist for emergency replacement of the fillings and crowns that were jarred out of your molars. Thankfully, this twilight zone scenario exists only in our darkest nightmares, and shock absorbers have been invented and do take the shake, rattle and roll out of our

vehicles. These slender cylinders are the unsung heroes of your suspension system, and it’s time to pay tribute by learning a little bit about what makes them tick. Anatomy of a Shock Absorber The outside of a shock is hardly interesting, but its guts are where the magic happens. Let’s pull out a cutting torch, dissect a standard shock absorber and see just how these marvels work: Mounts: A shock serves no purpose unless it’s mounted firmly to your chassis. Depending on the suspension type, the mounts will be either eye style (donut shaped) or stem style (hi-hat shaped). The mounts are lined with a padded cushioning, usually rubber or polyurethane. Cylinder: Home sweet home. The cylinder is the tough outer housing for the shock’s intricate inner workings. The size of the cylinder is one of the most important factors in the overall performance of the shock. A larger cylinder means a bigger piston and more oil, and when it comes to shock absorption, bigger is better. For corrosion resistance and eye-catching looks, the cylinders are usually painted with enamel or finished with a rust-repelling coating like nickel or chrome.

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Boot: A shock is made for absorbing, and that’s just what it will do with a protective boot. This durable cover blocks dirt, grit and road crud from making its way into the shock and gumming up the works. Shocks are tough, but their innards are still susceptible to wear and tear. The boot provides a shield against mud clods, and it enhances the style. Piston Rod: One of the main components in a shock, the piston rod is the backbone. The oscillating energy of the springs transfers directly into the piston rod, which then plunges the piston into the oil to dampen the bounce. Often, the piston rod is hidden under the boot, but it’s always at work when the vehicle is in motion.


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ood part of your vehicle: the Suspension Piston: As you would expect, the piston is mounted at the end of the piston rod. As the rod throbs up and down from the spring’s energy, the piston rams into the oil, creating the hydraulic pressure that smoothes out your ride. The diameter of the piston matches the diameter of the

stiffness. Oil: Forget about Corn oil (Elianto) shocks are filled with nothing less than industrial grade goo. Of course, the oil has to be rugged because it’s the final step in the dampening process. The kinetic energy from the bouncing spring transfers to the piston rod, which sends the piston plunging into the oil. The highly viscous oil resists the piston’s motion and absorbs the kinetic energy, which transforms into heat. Tips for choosing the right shocks for your vehicle It’s hard enough to go into any supermarket in Kenya and find the perfect tomato or vegetable—choosing the right shock absorbers for your vehicle shouldn’t leave you pulling your hair out with indecision. The selection is large, so use these questions to narrow your search and find the perfect set of dampeners: >> Where are you going to use the shocks? Are you an off-roader or just basic home to work routine? >> How many shocks do you need? >> What finish do you want?

cylinder (or the cylinder’s inner chamber where the main oil supply is). This design maximizes the pressure strength because the oil cannot flow around the piston, only through the valve. Valve: The valve is a conduit that controls the flow of oil from one area of the shock into another. When the piston pushes down into the shock, the oil moves through the valve. Only a small amount of fluid can pass through the valve at a time, and this creates the hydraulic pressure that dampens the spring’s energy. Most modern shocks have road-responsive valves. When the street is calm, the valves open up for a softer ride. But, when things start to get hairy, the valve closes off for extra June 2011 19

Where are you going to use the shocks? Different terrains call for different degrees of dampening. What works on a fresh stretch of pavement is murder on the washboard “driveway” leading to your distant relative’s rustic hovel. Here are some tips for selecting the best set of shocks for your driving habits: For standard street cruising, go with a set of multi-stage valving shocks. They automatically respond to varying road conditions, staying cushiony on smooth routes and getting stiffer when you roll into pothole country. For the occasional off-roader, a beefier set of shock absorbers is key. A thicker cylinder, a larger piston and dust boots are highly recommended. For wild and wooly off-road adventurers, only the toughest, stiffest, most durable shock absorbers will do. You probably want to get a set of shocks with an oil reservoir for enhanced heat control and less fade.


USED CAR REVIEW

Used Toyota Celica (1999 - 2006) Review Look back over the previous iterations of the Toyota Celica and it’s easy to pick out the highs and lows. The fourth generation ST165 (1985-1990), brought Toyota into world rallying with the GT4, the fifth generation Celica ST185 (1990-1994) had odd looks but was otherwise the best of the ‘old’ bunch. The sixth generation ST205 (1994-1999) was a bit chubby and overblown. This latest seventh generation Celica goes back to what made the Celica name popular in the first place, namely light weight and razor sharp reflexes. Although notions of practicality sometimes take a cramped back seat when buying a used sports coupe, Toyota’s reliability record and engineering qualities help to keep the Celica near the top of most buyer’s wish lists.

History The development of the seventh generation Celica followed a standard path. Starting from an unsophisticated yet enjoyable original, Toyota built generation after generation of cars, gradually going further upmarket and getting heavier and more powerful. The ST185 series probably marked the Celica’s competition zenith, winning two World Rally Championships in 1993 and 1994, but the follow up car was viewed by many as a disappointment, taking the sporty Celica into lazy cruising territory. The same was indeed said of Toyota’s MR2 range, being developed in parallel. The design team at Toyota’s Calty Research division in California looked at this philosophy and went to work with the red pen on it. Espousing a doctrine of light weight, edgy styling and a wheel at each corner for exceptional agility, the seventh generation Celica looked a winner before it ever turned a wheel, and crowds at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show realised that Toyota was onto something. With only 140bhp from the VVT-i engine, it wasn’t a fire breathing super coupe but nevertheless the pared down approach promised driver satisfaction, and so it proved. So good was the Celica’s chassis that it was an open secret that a more powerful model was being developed. Rather than unleash a turbocharged, four-wheel drive GT4 version, as it had with the three previous Celicas, Toyota instead did something of a Honda. The Celica 190 offered vari-

able valve timing and variable valve lift to punch out 190bhp at a dizzying 6800rpm. Were it a Honda model, it would undoubtedly have worn a Type-R badge, but the latest Celica merely sported a tiny red badge on its angular rump to differentiate it. With a specific output of 106.7bhp per litre, the Celica 190’s credentials as a masterpiece of the engine making art were put into perspective compared to the McLaren F1 (103.3bhp/litre) and the BMW M3 (106bhp/litre). The round of price-cutting that took place in 2000 made the two Celica models great value for money, although used values took a while to reflect this. Helping to restore profit margins was the Celica T-Sport, a model launched in 2001 which was mechanically similar to the Celica 190 but commanded a £3,000 (aprx 300,000ksh) price premium for a bodykit, leather interior and other accoutrements. Opinion Standard equipment includes twin front and side airbags, ABS, a leathercovered steering wheel, electric windows and mirrors, a decent stereo, 16’’ alloy wheels and remote central locking. If you want more, a temptingly priced ‘Premium Pack’ (standard in the Celica 190) adds leather, a power sunroof and climate control. Alternatively, there’s a ‘Sports Pack’ with bigger 17’’ alloys and a spoiler. The T-Sport gets a set of cracking 17-inch alloy wheels plus a deeper front spoiler than that worn by the Celica 190, and interior 20 June 2011

upgrades that include leather seats and a CD autochanger. Inside, there’s not much to offend – unless you have a particular aversion to black and grey plastic or orange instrument dials. The three-spoke wheel feels good to hold and the ‘drilled’ metal pedals lend a sporty, purposeful touch. Despite the extra cabin space boasted by the latest model, don’t expect this car to be any more than a 2+2. Though there’s enough legroom for a couple of adults to sit in the back, headroom is at more of a premium. Having said that, the given space is a lot less cramped than that offered by many coupe rivals. We could go on to talk about splitfolding rear seats and useful luggage space but we’d be in danger of coming over all practical – which would defeat the point of the premise we began with. If you don’t like the look of this latest Celica, then you won’t buy it and no amount of talk on fuel consumption, cabin space and low running costs will change your mind considering the local fuel costs. Fortunately for Toyota, aesthetic objections are unlikely. The more you admire the clean, distinctive lines, the more details you find to appreciate: the tiny front grille, the Ferrari-like bonnet scoop and the beautifully sculpted front and rear lights. All speak of a design team that cared about their creation.


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Problems? That Toyota badge on the bonnet is usually a guarantee of peerless reliability, and so far the Celica has given little cause to amend this view. Try to buy cars with a full service history, whilst late cars are easier to sell on if they’ve been treated to the premium or sport packs. Avoid anything that looks too aftermarket, as the Celica’s intrinsic affordability and low insurance rating may soon make them an attractive target for the Max Power generation. Check the condition of the front tyres, as these rapidly become worn during spirited driving. To compound matters, the Celica is very sensitive to small variations in suspension geometry, and tyre wear is usually the best indicator. Find out whether the engine is running a standard ECU, as many owners fitted aftermarket chips that boosted power by 15%, but which may have worrying repercussions for the residual warranty. Celicas are also colour sensitive and, for the time being at least, silver sells.

Road Being introduced just as the Honda Integra Type-R, Ford Racing Puma and Peugeot 306 GTi-6 were killed off, the Toyota Celica was suddenly touted as the best handling front-wheel drive car for sale, an award by default possibly, but something to be proud of nonetheless, and either of the two models proved to be an appealing choice. If you can’t stretch to the Celica 190, don’t let the comparative lack of power put you off buying the 140bhp model. Absolute power has corrupted many a cleverly conceived coupe. In any case, the Yamahadesigned VVT-i 1794cc unit is, on paper at least, anything but slow. Indeed, this 1.8-litre 140bhp Celica’s 0-60mph time of 8.7s comfortably beats most other rivals. You can get the most from it too, thanks to a standard six-speed manual gearbox. This ‘box has shorter ratios in the 190 version, which help that car to sixty in just 7.2s on the way to 140mph. The high specific output of this engine gives a clue as to its driving manners, and sure enough in order to get the best out of the car you’ll need to June 2011 21

work it very hard. The engine is a tuneful and willing companion, but it never quite zings towards the redline with the manic zeal of a good Honda VTEC installation. Other aids to an involving driving experience include strong brakes and an impressive engine-speed-sensing power steering system that keeps you constantly in touch with what the front wheels are doing. Toyota has also learned much about suspension systems in the last 10 years, producing a fine set-up perfectly suited to the kind of people who will buy this car. It aims to comfortably absorb poor surfaces at low speeds yet is sufficiently damped for sharp, fluid handling around your favourite back doubles. The combined fuel consumption figure of nearly 37mpg (which isn’t much lower in the Celica 190) should make the Toyota the cheapest car in its class to run. Overall Mixing the ingredients for the ultimate affordable coupe would probably throw quite a few of the Celica’s qualities into the pot. Metronomic reliability is a definite plus, as is styling that’s as edgy as anything else out there. A lightweight, agile chassis and engines that will betray their Yamaha roots by revving like race bikes certainly create a good impression. Only the Toyota badge, a slightly plasticky interior and the omission of rear wheel drive prevent the Celica from touching greatness. It really is that good, and a nearly new example will deliver the goods week in, week out without costing the earth to run. If you value sensibility without being boring, this is one coupe that needs no excuses.


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UPCOMING EVENTS Photo: A line up of a previous Hot Rides Event at the West Gate Auto show

rooftop parking at a fee of Kshs 45,000 for three days and their logo will be put in all advertisement materials as a participant in the event. This will give the companies an opportunity to advertise their products and services directly to their target markets during the event.

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n the 11th of june 2011 , the Westgate auto show, Kenya’s largest indoor motor show will take place at the Westgate shopping mall. The three day event which begins in June 10th aims at creating a showroom experience for the public. It is the third event coming after two other similar shows that were held last year. This year’s event which is expected to attract 50,000 people per day will be bigger than the previous ones and all car manufacturers will have an opportunity to display the best of what they have to offer in vehicle models and services. Participants will also use the opportunity to make excellent direct product and service contact with car enthusiasts and shoppers at the Westgate shopping mall. Other companies in the car industry from insurance providers to fuel stations will also participate at the event in order to give them an opportunity to take advantage of their target market. On the second day of the event, Saturday 11th June, car enthusiasts will be spoilt and entertained by pimped rides competition that targets about 70 pimped rides and motorbikes similar to last year’s events which have always been a crowd puller. Potential participants for car manufacturers are only expected to pay a display fee of Kshs 30,000 for three days where two parking slots will be provided to showcase each vehicle. Free promotional space for a table display will be provided and a logo of the participant will be placed in all advertisement material as a participant in the event. Other companies in the car industry who wish to participate in the event, will be able to secure two parking slots at a 24 June 2011

Sponsors of the event will have a golden opportunity to participate by displaying their products and services throughout the whole event by contributing a fee of kshs 100,000 or goods and services of the same value. The logo of their brands will also be inserted in all advertising materials to give them publicity. The show which ends on Sunday June 12th is expected to be a huge success and bigger than the last two events. Motor Trader was privileged to have a one on one interview with The Late Mr Zulfikar Mohammed (a co-founder of the event) during a previous show, who sadly left us a few months ago in a tragic road accident along Mombasa Road. Here is an excerpt of the interview: How much does it cost to run such an event? Zull: Well not much, Westgate has always supported us in making sure the whole event becomes a huge success. Also we have very supportive sponsors who are always ready to back us up. “the main idea is just bring together petrol heads, share ideas and basically have lots of fun”. How much do participants have to pay? Zull: Each participant pays a small fee of 1,500ksh for cars and 1,000Ksh for bikes to the westgate management office for the parking space provided. as for registration its free. “You only need to join facebook page “Hot Rides In Kenya” added Zull. Where do i get to modify my car? Zull: Well that’s the main aim of the show. You get to see which garage will offer you the best ideas you can work on. Whats the future: To have the largest car show in East Africa and have guys take motoring seriously All in all we hope to see all of you there, to make it a huge success!


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Photo: Toyota Supra ‘Monster’

Photo: Amir’s Nissan Skyline R34 ‘Godzilla’

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Photo: Peter Horsey with his new Evo10

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KCB Safari ‘early-bird’ entries close

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ith just a few weeks left before next month’s KCB Safari Rally 2011 takes off, things have been moving at a considerable pace. Early bird entries into the world’s most extreme motorsport event closed on Monday May 16 what with a satisfactory list of 48 drivers. The event co-sponsored by Car Track, Identisys, ALS, iWay Africa, Keringet and Pelican has a total rally distance of 530km and a competitive mileage totaling 200km. Issuing of Road Books, Maps & Service Guides will be on Friday 10th June 2011 – for local crews at rally secretariat and Tuesday 14th June 2011 –for foreign crews at rally secretariat. Entries opened on April 26 and are expected to close on Friday 3rd June 2011. As the clock ticks towards “The True African Experience” , a number of bigname African Rally Championship contenders, regional entrants and the ‘homeboys’ have already signed up to take on the remote gravel rally in Athi River and Kajiado from 17 to 19 June 2011. These include present FIA African Champion Jamie Whyte from Zimbabwe, Rwandese Giancarlo Davite, Ugandan Jas Mangat, the crowd-pleasing ‘Moto Moto’ Datsun Debe pick up of Kenyan Peter Horsey and his brother Alex- who will become the first ever competitor to drive a Mitsubishi Evo X in the Safari. The aforementioned drivers will join an elite group of Kenyans speedsters who have the strength and mental stamina to

take on the three grueling days of endurance driving and tackling a route course synonymous with the now-defunct World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally. These include the current KQ East African Safari Classic winner Ian Duncan (Evo9) who won the WRC Safari series edition in 1994, three times former Kenya Champion Azar Anwar and defending KNRC Champion Alastair Cavenagh. Alex who put in a fine drive on the recent KCB SME Rally in Eldoret to record a career best third overall on the debut of his Mitsubishi Evo X (nicknamed Pesi Pesi, which means ‘fast fast’ in Swahili), the first time one of these cars has rallied on Kenyan soil, has dared the ‘big bulls’ for a podium dash in the KCB Safari Rally. “It feels strange to be almost disappointed with third overall but we did come here to learn the car so a podium position is actually fantastic. We’ve proved how competitive the car is this weekend with two fastest stage times but there is still a lot more to come from me in terms of how I drive it,” said Alex who has vowed to fight for a podium in the Safari. Event Director Dali Kalsi said the secretariat at Kenya Motor Sports Foundation (KMSF) is excited with the ‘early bird’ entry as well as the progress made so far. “Things are moving at a remarkable pace,” said Kalsi who doubles up as the Clerk of the Course. The KCB Classic Car Cup class has attracted two entries in Stefano Roca (Datsun 240 Z) and Aslam Khan (Ford

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Escort). Englishman Simon Tysoe is yet to place his entry. Former two times Formula Two champion Jamseet Chana and his partner George Njoroge will be racing their Toyota Celica GT4 keen to accomplish two benchmarks. For one, they are leading the newly introduced Group S class besides being strong contenders in the KNRC Division Two title currently led by Onkar Rai. “Motorsport has been a lifelong passion for me and I’m determined to build on the success of the Safari to date, “said Jasmeet. The Safari Rally has lots at stake. It counts towards the 2011 FIA African Rally Championship for Drivers and Co-Drivers, the 2011 FIA ARC Cup for Manufacturers, the 2011 Kenya National Rally Drivers and Co-Drivers Championship, the 2WD Championship and KNRC Classic Car Cup. The rally will be run in compliance with the International Sporting Code (and its appendices), the 2011 FIA Regional Rally Championship Sporting Regulations applicable to all FIA Rally Championships, and the provisions of the National Competition Rules that comply with the FIA Regulations and these Supplementary Regulations (and its appendices).


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Photo: Carl Tundo showing his stuff

Photo: Baldev Chager flying as usual

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Photo: Jamseet Chana and his partner George Njoroge their Toyota Celica GT4

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AGEING WINE IN THE BARREL 57 year old Azar Anwar talks to Motor Trader on wide-ranging issues following his empathic scalp in the Great Rift

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as your Eldoret Rally victory a pleasant surprise? The KCB KNRC has become very competitive and top positions are usually separated by mere seconds. Rally stages and competitive distance has become short and now we are compelled to race for split seconds .Those with superior machines, costly performance parts, special fuel etc obviously have better chance. Therefore, we were very happy to win against faster cars in Eldoret. Our strategy of driving quickly but safely paid off. What’s approach for KCB Safari Rally? We cannot relax after our win, the Safari promises more championship points than KNRC events so everyone will try harder. We plan to continue upgrading our car to get more performance. For Eldoret we spent lots of money getting new rims + tires as well as upgrading suspensions to latest spec. Now the main area to improve is the engine and get new turbo as our car is definitely slower taking longer to accelerate - We wanted to use an Evolution 9 engine like our main competitors but KMSF (Kenya Motor Sports Foundation) has refused. So we have no choice but to try harder and find a new Evolution 8 engine and turbo. [now out of date and so hard to get!] Did the win inspire you to go for the Championship? The championship has always been our goal - winning in Eldoret gives us a better chance. Are you having any reliably problems at the moment? Eldoret was dicey as throughout engine problems worried us – even before

the start power was down and by half way our EVO8 {Evolution VIII } kept losing power in the stages. I thought the engine would not reach the finish – let alone to win!! Due to the intense competition in KNRC, small defects become big handicaps. For many rallies we have been struggling with technical and performance issues on the car - but hopefully this is behind us - since our performance coming second in Guru Nanak rally 2011 became more promising. How reliable or dissatisfied was it for your team in the Voi and Athi Rallies? Athi rally was a difficult event - the type where we usually do well. But unfortunately we suffered having the wrong tyres due to first stage cancellation and then from a broken wheel which damaged the steering. We thank God for saving us from disaster when wheel broke at high speed and then again when steering broke on the main road full of container trucks. We lost too much time and lost valuable points in the championship. How do manage to defy age in competition? Age?? What age? Its only a number. After all I only won my first KMSC championship recently in 1977. I love motorsport and hope that I can continue competing for many more years and inspire and help many more newcomers in the sport . When do you plan to hang up your helmet? I hope will still be wearing it and racing till you guys finally bury me. What’s your ultimate goal in racing? That’s a hard one. But I must admit June 2011 31

that God has blessed me with all my dreams already. Racing in an Evo , being champion many times , winning the Safari , building so many successful competition vehicles, nurturing new talent and helping so many newcomers into the sport . Also Oilibya sponsoring me ,very supportive family , having so many great friends,fans and supporters …… what else can I ask for? What has kept you going all along? I guess it’s because I made motorsport the centre of my life even when family resources were so small - it was an impossible dream - yet we struggled and persevered - so I learnt to make the best of what I had. My policy has been to conserve the car and try to drive better in any conditions. Also never make excuses for mistakes or failure. How many KNRCs have you won? I have been blessed with winning 3 KNRC’s outright with many group N championship wins and some formula two championships as well. Which KNRC win would you say was the most memorable in your longstanding involvement in motor racing? Every win is special in its own way. The first one in 1998 was using an accident -write off Legacy family car which we repaired and converted into group N. Then in 2005 there was the controversy of who won due to points going to the late Riaz Kurji. In 2006, I had no main sponsor and missed two events, yet I won the KNRC.


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MAN & MACHINE

Alastair Cavenagh intends to approach 2011 KCB KNRC the same as 2010 and try to win a 3rd Championship then retire and play golf!

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lastair Cavenagh may have failed to grasp a second successive outright win at KCB Bankika Rally in the Athi River plains but the defending National Champion’s title aspiration are undeterred. “Unfortunately, I retired as a result of having to alter my line over the crest of a brow due to a spectator car which had become stuck in the way and we landed in a large wash away which ripped the front left hand wheel off ending our rally on the spot. It was frustrating that the organizers had not warned us of this vehicle prior to entering the stage since the spectator car had been stuck there for some time and the route opener had clearly seen and reported it. I am not sure how the same fate did not befall the guys in front of me - maybe they weren’t going fast enough,” explained Cavenagh. Cavenagh, his teammate Carl Tundo and legendary Ian Duncan have been the drivers to beat this season what with hairraising thrills and number of stage wins under their belts. In Voi for instance, Cavenagh set the pace that even the front-running KNRC division one field ended up scratching their heads with some of his stage times. Cavenagh’s 2010 Championship winning Mitsubishi EVO9 car had been through vigorous rebuilds last season after almost each event but the car seems to keep the ‘EVO9 Craze’ going stronger and stronger. “Mombasa has jinxed me for the last 10 years” said Cavenagh, adding “it would be really nice to win it this year.” Last season was rather unforgiving to Cavenagh’s Dalbit Petroleum team mate and immediate former champion Carl Tundo- who has been determined to improve on his terrible run of bad luck this year. Cavenagh won his first championship in a Subaru in 1999 followed by 11 years of gremlins and he’s glad to be back

BY SAMSON ATEKA in the groove. Asked about his championship victory last season, Cavenagh sounded quite enthusiastic. “It’s great feeling after so many years of bad luck and non finishes. Being the champion again was as a result of luck and speed. The numerous non finishes and missing winning the KCB Safari twice at the coast when we were leading was a really low moment for us,” recalled Cavenagh. Cavenagh intends to approach 2011 KNRC the same as 2010 and try to win a 3rd championship then retire and play golf! He believes his 2010 success has been as a result of lots of luck and a reliable EVO9 car, “thanks entirely to my service team.” “I am sure that Ian (Duncan) will be a much greater force to be reckoned with this time around now that he has gotten used to the EVO9 car and look forward to a good fight with Tundo, Ian and the others,” continued Cavenagh. In 1999 Cavenagh was also glad that lady luck smiled on him as as it came down to the very last event where Rory Green, Ian Duncan or himself could have won. Cavenagh has sung praises of his current navigator Gavin Laurence (the 2010 KNRC navigator champion) and his mechanic Jim Heather Hayes. “Greatly Gavin has been thrown in at the deep-end having not rallied at this speed before and is learning very quickly and Jim is undoubtedly the best rally mechanic in the country and I am very lucky to have him looking after my car,” continued Cavenagh. Cavenagh’s first rally was the 1997 Nakuru Rally where he entered in a Datsun SS with his brother Adrian and came last - by miles!!! Adrian, who is now a professional navJune 2011 33

igator navigating for John Lloyd in a ford focus in the British Rally Championship, was Cavenagh first navigator. In 2005 in Kisumu Rally, Cavenagh and Adrian became the first pair of brothers to win a rally after Joginder Singh and his brother Jaswant Singh won in 1965. Cavenagh’s 11 years of non finishes have been characterized with plenty gremlins and many cars he has tried out. The Dalbit Petroleum Rally Team of flash Tundo and Cavenagh acquired EVO 9 group N rally cars for the 2009 championship. Tundo’s car was ex the South African Verlaque sisters and Alastair’s car is came in from new Zealand. In 2006, Cavenagh had a dismal year in his Subaru Impreza N.10 which he never really got to grips with having acquired it after destroying his previous car in a major accident in Nanyuki at the end of 2005. Cavenagh bought a new Mitsubishi EVO8 group N’ rally car (now being driven by Azar Anwar) from Neil Alport – with whom he contested the Asia Pacific Rally Championship in 2002.

ALASTAIR MARK CAVENAGH (LOWDOWN) DOB: 17/11/1964 HOMETOWN: Nairobi DIVISION: One CLASS: Group N NAVIGATOR: Gavin Laurence CAR: Mitsubishi EVO 9 TEAM: Dalbit Petroleum Rally Team PROFESSION: Businessman KNRC DEBUT: 1997


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ONE ON ONE WITH THE ‘FLYING SINGH’ THE 2008 Kenya National rally Champion Baldev Singh Chager loves cooking and has quite a bit of rally superstitions. SAMSON ATEKA talked to the “Flying” Singh at length.

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ow does your day starts and ends? I am not a morning person. I wake up like a diesel engine that is really has a hard start every morning. But once I get going I’m fine for the day. Hardy have breakfast just prefer to have some juice preferably carrot or something from berries. I’m always late getting out of the house so it is all a rush to get to work. I don’t drink tea of coffee and have not since I was a child never really liked any of those drinks. Once I’m at work it gets busy and hectic with our line of business which is service based. Sorting out emails and then follow up what happens in the garage. I’m a person who likes to get my hands dirty and do whatever is necessary. I hate my mobile phone as it will always have to ring as soon as my hands get dirty or when I’m concentrating on something technical. Once the day is over I’m back home and working on my rally car which I prepare at home as it’s too hectic at work to concentrate on rally car details. My family is very supportive of my motor sports enthusiasm. Sometimes I find it so difficult to manage and feel like I’m losing out on precious time to spend with my wife and 5 month old daughter. Every weekend I try to do spend quality time with my daughter. How has your social life been all along? My social life is more concentrated with friends as I have very few immediate families in Kenya. Most families have migrated from my side of the family. The most social thing I do is every now and then get together with my friends and have a meal or koroga (Asian Chicken

Curry) or just a few drinks to keep in touch. I like to cook for my friends sometimes a habit I’ve picked from my elder brother Raji Chager. I try very hard sometimes to get out and go to the gym or play squash but it just happens to work in phases so it takes off with a lot of steam and a few weeks later it just suddenly stops. I’m not a member of many clubs or institutions because motor sports take up so much of my time. The institutions or clubs I am involved with are mostly motor sport based. Do you believe in rally superstitions as other competitors do? I don’t have any superstitions as such. One thing I do for sure is quit drinking alcohol at least a week before a rally. But generally the rest remains the same. I do however believe strongly in god and with faith superstitions go out the window. I believe what god does is for my best and I accept things as they happen. If it’s meant to be it will and vise versa. Why are many rally drivers thought to be introverts? Not really, maybe a few are but not all. Whilst in the driving seat maybe, yes, but at social levels I don’t think so. At the steering wheel it’s you and the car and you have to have some sort of communication with the car as it has its ways of communicating with you. You got to be an alert driver to really feel this. Even a normal car driving down the road is always telling you something e.g. cars pulling off to the left could mean tire pressure is low or alignment is off or wishbone is bent. Cars talk to whoever drives them. June 2011 35

Why has the second generation aspect with farmers and mechanics culminated into breathtaking speed and skill? Farmers have the advantage of being off road and driving a lot in the farms in all sorts of conditions. This I believe helps them judge the roads better and generally are at home being off road. They are also very technically skilled as this is very important in the running of farming machinery. All these put together turns them into seasoned drivers. Mechanics on the other hand also are very technical and know the cars they drive inside out and always in the back of their head they have a fear of some form of mechanical failure and the dire consequences. But generally being 2nd generation motor sports families the advantage of hand me down knowledge is so vital and priceless. It is like having stepping stones placed for you from the time you are born. Who else had rallied in your family? My family has been very involved in all aspects of motor sports. My dad has done a lot of circuit racing and motorcylce racing in the past he has various titles to boast about. His eldest brother Manjit Chager was one of the top co drivers back in the days and he has co driven for old names like Assa Singh and Ashok Pattni and also for my dad. My dad’s younger brothers Ranjit and Manori were also active participants in track racing and rallying. Ranjit has won a few titles himself over the years in track racing and rallying. Manori was very good on the track too and briefly started his rallying career before migrating to Spain . My brother Raji is no new name and has been actively rac-


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Photo: Baldev Chager ing in the formula 2 category he too grew up with motocross riding. my sister Avinder has co driven in the safari rally with my very good friend Kuku Sagoo she also tried her hand at go kart racing at the Solai go kart track, my mum and other sister Harinder have also been involved in motor sports but more on the organizational level. My first cousin Param son of Manjit also had a go briefly at co driving before also migrating to the UK . The rest of my cousins have also been involved in motor sports in all other aspects like preparation of cars or being service crews. How is it like when the rally bug bites? It is a bad disease if you ask me. If you’re not doing it you’re thinking of it, if not thinking of it then you’re watching it. Once it’s in the blood it never leaves there no cure or medicine for it. It has brought down names and also brought up names in this country it is definitely like a drug. What are your vivid and bad memories? We have been lucky to have rallied for almost 15 years now and my worst and saddest memories have been with the passing away of a great friend Tanvir Alam in a tragic crash a star in the making he was. The rest of the memories are generally good because we have a good team and we make it a point to enjoy ourselves more than trying to be totally profession-

al. We have had such a good team that gets along well and guys who know how to make a gloomy situation look good. My team is the better part of my success. Who is your role model both at home and overseas? I don’t have many role models but i do have a lot of respect for a few people who have genuinely guided me through my career. my dad takes the top of the list, then we have Patrick Njiru who has shared so much of his world wide found wisdom with me and physically training me in the rally car itself, my great friend Kuku Sagoo who has migrated to Canada also for guiding me through so much technical stuff and making me believe nothing is impossible, abroad i highy respect tiger woods, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Loeb, Juha Kankunen, Tomi Makkinen. All true champs in their own accord. Who is a rally champ? A person who can make a place in the hearts of anybody without an effort. does not necessarily have to be a winner. Take someone like Mohamed Ali, Pele, Valentino Rossi, guys we will probably never meet in our life time but have a place in our heart. That’s a champion for me. Have you considered yourself unlucky for being at the top for many years with no KNRC title? 36 June 2011

Like I mentioned earlier, I believe in God strongly and what happens is for the best. It does disappoint when things don’t work but the guy up there has better ideas. I try very hard in my preparation and leave nothing to chance but what is meant to be will be and that’s what you have to accept. Twice (2006 and 1998) we have been so close to winning the KNRC championship but we just saw it seep through our fingers and could do nothing about it. How do you manage to concentrate at such high speeds you have been doing recently? Firstly you have to overcome the fear of speed. If you can’t do this then forget motor sports. With time concentration becomes sharper and as a human being you have a very limited few years for the peak level your body and mind can take. I believe from the age of 25 to 35 is when you can hit this target. With modern rally cars they are so smooth and have power steering 4wd good suspension etc this automatically helps your brain to concentrate on the road more than struggling to keep the car in some sane sort of direction like it used to be. Playing games like squash also help you improve your reflexes.


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TUTU SPIRES TO BE A RALLY DRIVER

Photo: Tatu Maina receiving an award

“My childhood dream was rallying and not motocross; so one day I want to become a rally driver,” soft-spoken Tutu quips.

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X2 KTM four-stroke rider Tutu Maina has a burning ambition to become a rally

driver. “My childhood dream was rallying and not motocross; so one day I want to become a rally driver,” soft-spoken Tutu quips. Tutu also told us of his short term achievements by steadfastly emphasizing that he would be ride and ride to win Championships then study and focus to pass with A Grades then join University. With an apparently insatiable hunger for success, his long term ambition is to graduate with First Class Honors in Aeronautical Engineering and also becoming a Boeing Aircraft Pilot. “I would also like to be a Role Model especially to the youth both in Sports and Academics and SAY NO TO DRUGS. I would like to be able to assist the less privileged youth,” continued Tutu. Tutu intends to miss the 2012 Motocross Championship due to his final

High School exams then return with the desire to join Enduro and Off Road racing. But he reveals that time management in School and sports are very tricky aspects particularly being in Form 3 at Strathmore School. “Proper time management is important. These days I can only manage practice on Saturdays after school. Schooldays are very tight due to heavy school workload,” he explained. And the fact that he’s God-fearing, Tutu vows he will always put his trust and faith in God in all his plans just like the scripture goes in Jeremiah 33:3. There is so much potential for growth here in Motocross and “if all of us worked together, Kenyans can improve tremendously and we can beat riders from South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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PERSONAL DATA Name: Tutu Maina School: Strathmore School Age: 16 yrs Class: Form Three Hobbies: Reading, Volunteer work at KSPCA,Volunteer work for Rotary, School musical team and Motocross. Favorite Dish: Fish & Chips Bike: KTM 2008 Model 4 Stroke Previous Championships: 50cc National Champion; 65cc National Champion; 85cc National Champion; 2010 KMSF Most Meritirious Trophy Motocross; AMU Championship 8th, 11th, 8th positions; 2010 Kenya Motocross Team Captain in South Africa. Year commenced Riding: 2001 Who Inspired Me: Anthony Nielsen, Ian Duncan, Daniel Muturi and Mburu Njoba


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he Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) has always remained a preserve of farmers and mechanics in the country for many years. Rightly so, the aspect of second generation driving could have played a pivotal role in sustaining this notion on the rally stages. In 2001 and 2002 Limuru horticultural farmer won back to back KNRC title and passed over the Burton to Nakuru what farmer Lee Rose in 2003 and 2004. Then came the veretran three times Kenya champion Azar Anwar an automobile engineer brought in a farming background. Azar won it in 2005 and 2006. Carl Tundo who is a lanet based farmer won the KNRC in 2007 and 2009 with Nairobi mechanic wining the KNRC in 2008. This year, businessman Alastair Cavenagh seems to inch closer to the KNRC diadem by every event. On the global stage, world renowned drivers like Jari Mati Latvala, Henning Solberg and his brother Petter Solberg were all brought up in the farm. Baldev Chager, Carl Tundo and Lee Rose are all second generation drivers and being in this league means they were brought up in the environment of speed and machinery. Farmers and the mechanics seem to dominate this game locally. But it seems the farmers (Lee and Tundo) seem to struggle this year with mechanical problems and so are the mechanics likes Chager and Azar. Ian Duncan, a mechanic based in Nairobi has won the KNRC five times previously, came home second in Meru with his monster Nissan Patrol pickup. Perhaps this is due to continuous driving in the fields, for the farmers, almost daily and making off road driving almost second nature. Arguably, the mechanics also seem to have more knowledge of cars and as Chager would put it, ‘it can

be a set back for the mechanics because as you drive your mind set to a certain noise coming from the suspension and will automatically slow you down as second nature of a mechanic.” Indeed, the hunt for 2010 KCB KNRC points renews rivalry amongst top drivers as the Nakuru Rally took the eight-round series to the fifth round between July 31 and August1. Top KNRC drivers have had no choice but to go for high-tech technology as it is directly related to performance. While drivers put final touches to their preparations, organizers will be busy in their final route surveys. The reigning KCB Safari Rally Rose has opted to revert to his Mitsubishi EVO 9 incidentally at his Nakuru home-turf. But Tundo was at pains to excel his home event after failing gearbox gremlins stymied his run in Meru. While Cavenagh was flying all the way to the ramp, Tundo and Nairobi based automotive engineer Chager were left to scratch their heads over the flat-out antics Cavenagh displayed. Chager observed “new cars meant that more research has been put into the next model in terms of engine performance, suspension chassis and electrical traction control.” “Group N rules also specify homologation expiry dates and it is better to own a car that has more years left of homologation as this keeps up the value of the car. But you must have a competitive machine to be at the very top,” Chager noted. Asad Anwar –now referred to as ‘master of special stages’ has been one of the struggling drivers this season what with incessant mechanical gremlins. His brother and three-time Kenya champion Azar Anwar, also in the Oilibya team, was struggling with his ex-Cavenagh MitsubiJune 2011 39

shi EVO 8. Azar hasn’t had consistent driving though, and a number of errors really put him back a step behind. Azar is, however, amazed at the new found pace - Cavenagh, Lee and Chager - are doing. The trio have really pulled up the pace to another level this year and as they battle it out within themselves. Looking at the four events so far, the pace just seems to be increasing consistently. Chager reckons that the rest of the drivers need to really think hard and get some professional coaching to improve their driving style for more speed. Peter Horsey is the new kid on the block with his new Evo 10. He has shown a very steep increase in pace since he has been exposed to the WRC round of Turkey and Portugal.Horsey is a second generation driver and son of 1984 Africa rally Champion David Hosrey. Without a doubt he will be gunning for top spots in the KNRC towards the ending of the season. With proper backing from the family and exposure to top teams and tactics you can see an instant change in his performance and approach. For example, all drivers get to the start of a stage with a few minutes to spare as they gear up to get going. Peter showed a different style in Kisumu where he would park at least 2kms before the stage and dash to the start control with seconds to spare.. Asked why and he says the brakes, tires etc are all warmed up and ready to shoot.. This is a technique nobody has used here so far. You can see the WRC has definitely taught him new basic and simple tricks. He has been relegated to the rotation system of the division one drivers which says alot.


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NEW INNOVATIONS ENVISAGED TO TAKE KARTING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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ew innovations and state of the art technology has made karting one of the most admirable motorsports disciplines of choice in Kenya. The asphalt track at the Rift Valley Motor Sports Club (RVM&SC) in Solai, Nakuru has been upgraded dramatically and every kart has a pit, according to RVM&SC Chairman Rob Collinge. “We have also introduced electronic timing and transponders. Overlap timing is done electronically. We have eight fully trained marshals and they are permanent marshals,” said Collinge. One of the new innovations is fueling system for all classes-fueling for everybody. “There is no cheating with fuel these days and its surely a level playing field. Fuels and oils and provided by the Club (RVM&SC),” continued Collinge. Safety has been paramount. At the Solai track, which is the best in the country, there are proper tyre barriers. Organizers have also cut down some trees and introduced track kerbs. “We are planning to relay the track surface by the end of the year courtesy of NK Brothers. All competitors have their own fire extinguishers and specific area for fueling,” said Collinge. As part of making an even playing field, each kart is weighed after every heat what with prevent scritineering for conformity to Club rules. Remarked Collinge: “Fuel is for safety. So you weigh as you come to the pits and go straight to the scale.” Collinge says they have raised some weights from 60cc to the KF3 class. “We have raised weight to the level playing field. We also have control tyres, control frames, control engines which are same for all competitors,” said Collinge. The 50cc class which is the Bambino class features kids between 5-8years and

Photo: they are required to use Topkart Chirag Soni frame and Kuhmo tyres. The 60cc class uses one engine and one frame. The KF2 and Junior corners. The kart has behaved really nice ... Rotax (formerly KF3) karts are allowed to use one frame and one engine. since the start of the season I am not been “Competitors are also allowed to use sec- having major problems..but minor ones ond hand frames “as long as its homolo- which we solve it here and then.” said Dilip. Dilip reckons that he has no advantage gated and manufactured in 2008.” One of the top KF2 competitors Bhavik over weight because all karts have to be Soni intends to up his game. “The next same weight. If you are under weight then game plan is working on getting some new we add weight and make it equal, “said parts that will make my kart handle bet- Dilip. Dilip reckons every part of the kart is imter. I am trying to get some new rims that give more rim as you can increase the pres- portant and if anything goes wrong, you’ll sure on the tyres. Also getting my frame actually find the kart not handling well. checked as I feel there is a bend on it and new steering rack steering,” said Bhavik. Bhavik says he is struggling on the left Photo: hand corners as the karts seems to be unDilip Dinesh KF3 der steering but on the right hand corners I am fine that means I have a problem with my frame What Bhavik finds interesting is the number of modes involved in setting up a kart, “and it all changes with the temperature of the day and the temperature of the track which makes it difficult to set up a kart for the race as our set up is done the day before which makes it difficult to set up a kart for the race as our set up is done the day before.” “On Sunday before the race we have to Photo: 100% as changes are to be made to get the Chirag Soni KF2 maximum out of the kart. The KF2 leader Dilip Dinesh has been enthusiastic when he recently broke the track record at Solai. “I was very excited to do 31.75 seconds then I broke it again. In round 4 I did 31.90seconds,” said Dilip. Dinesh is stepping up his ante considering Bhavik and Chirag are getting closer to me. “So I am keeping tight on my lines and 40 June 2011


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SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR ROLF KIHARA

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purred on by recent past good performance, nine- year old Rolf Kihara has a burning ambition to win the FIM Africa continental Championship in Harare, Zimbabwe this August. The Year 4 pupil at Cavina School in Hurlingham loves motocross and the higher he jumps the better for the East African champion. “I just can’t wait to challenge the best kids in Africa. Riders from Zimbabwe and South Africa ride very fast so it will be exciting to ride at the highest level on the continent,” said Rolf. Rolf rides very aggressively-no wonder he is a darling of spectators. Onlookers at Jamhuri Park have had a tendency to crane their necks just to catch a glimpse of the ‘flying’ rider. As his KTM bike touches the ground again, it is no doubt that spectators are glad about his riding. “I have always wanted to be like Cruze (Muigai). He is such a big crowd-pleaser and I hope to one day fit into his shoes and imitate his many stunts,” said Rolf who will be turning 10 in October.

And Rolf ’s passion for sports isn’t just limited to motor racing, he is an avid participant in football and swimming in school. “Football and swimming helps me with fitness as I prepare for motocross races. I usually practice motocross during weekends and sometimes weekdays after school,” said Rolf who plays soccer in school for his house. “I just enjoy playing around with the football. It is such a good fun,” continued Rolf. Ryan also swims for School. He enjoys exploring different swimming styles like butterfly. Ryan started riding bikes in late 2009 but never made an impact. It wasn’t until he announced his big arrival in 2010 that fans started to adore his style. In 2010, Rolf finished 2nd overall in 50cc but won the East African Championship in Kampala. “I was so encouraged by being crowned the East African Champion. I now want to take on the creame of Africa’s best in Harare this August. I have

Photo: Rolf and Dekker been training very vigorously,” continued Rolf. Rolf has always been available to assist his brother Dekker Kihara who riders in 50CC. “Dekker has been very fast off late. He has come to grips with his KTM bike and we always encourage each other,” said Rolf. In 2011, Rolf moved up to the competitive 65CC and has won two out of three races so far. David Murigi and Ryan Bailey are his opponents. “I want win the 65CC then win all subsequent classes as I grow older,” said Rolf.

Photo: Dekker Kihara reaching for the skies Inset: Rolf Kihara and Dekker Kihara at the track

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THINGS ARE MOVING In just under six months time, the participants in the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally of 2011 will be enjoying the prize giving on the shore of the Indian Ocean. They will either be congratulating or commiserating with themselves depending on their fortunes during the previous ten days. It all seems a long way away in both distance and time but there are some people who are moving to make sure they are a part of the action when the 58th Safari Rally kicks off on November 19th, 2011.

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he Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally is without doubt the most highly regarded rally for historic cars in the World. This was emphasized recently by confirmation by Titus Naikuni, Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airways that his company was extending its support of the event until 2015 that will encompass the next three events as the Safari Classic is held bi-annually. Naturally enough, the entry list for 2011 is already open and though it does not close until mid-October of next year, it is beginning to fill up and has reached twenty-two entries so far. There is among them what one might call ‘The Usual Suspects’, drivers who have developed a taste for the unique qualities of the Safari and have done well on past events. These include Steve Perez, Geoff Bell, Aslam Khan, John Lloyd and Gunther Kronseder. The Kronos Vintage team from Belgium whose Porsches were so strong in 2009 are back in force with entries for Kronos boss, Jean-Pierre Mondron, and Thierry de Latre du Bosqueau both of whom finished in 2009, and a third Porsche 911 for the winner of the Rallye du Maroc, Gregoire de Mevius. In addition they have reserved three more entries for Porsche 911s while, as yet, the rival Tuthill organisation have not shown their hand. But at the current rate of progress, it could well be that Porsches will for the first time eclipse Datsun for the largest number of cars entered. Rumour of further entries is considerable and, while we cannot confirm anything until formal entries are made, the name of the winner of our 2007 event and ex-World Champion, Björn Waldegård, has been linked to several possibilities. Motorsport News even published a two-page article some weeks ago of which the main feature was the Ford Escort Mk1 that was being built for M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson, to use on the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally. There is rumour too of American interest but more time needs to pass before one knows if they will materialise on the entry list. The maximum number of entries is sixty so for those who may be considering an entry, a decision should not be put off for too long or hopes may disappear of taking part in one of the great rallying adventures that still exists. Perhaps it should be pointed out that competing is not the only way of participating in the Safari Classic adventure. Starting in Mombasa on Kenya’s Indian Ocean cost, the Safari travels through Kenya and Tanzania and takes in the sight of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya and several famous game parks in its travels from the coast to the highlands and back again. Following the Safari Classic to watch the rally cars and spend time in the wonderful scenery of East Africa is possible by means of the special tourist packages that will soon be marketed by Kenya Airways through their web site. Everything being considered, the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally has so much to offer in every respect. And at its heart, there is one of the toughest and most amazing rallies in the World.

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BOOK REVIEW Title: Automotive Mechanics Principles & Practices Author: Josph Heltner Price: 590ksh Available: All TextBook Center Bookshops

Need to know the basics of an Automobile? this is the book for you The author has attempted to present ideas in a simple and practical manner. A simplified description of each topic is given at the beginning of each chapter and then expanded as the readers comprehension grows until an entire mechanism is treated in every detail. To aid in visualization, clear , simple illustrations have been selected. The author uses schematic drawings to illustrate the simplified portions of the text. The book is organized into eight teaching units, each of which deals with a complete division of the automobile. For Example Chapter 18 and 19 which deal with automatic transmissions, the author selects illustrations which can easily aid the student in understanding the complex mechanisms related to automatic transmissions. While service procedures are based on wide experience, the reader is advised to consult factory repair and service manuals for exact specifications before making repairs.

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his book goes beyond giving you tips of car maintenance but provides basic no how on general issues that anyone may experience during their day to day drive routines. Upgrading the skills of those already employed in the automotive field and as an encyclopedia of automotive information for those who wish to understand, maintain and repair their own vehicles.

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Favorite chapter: Chapter 8 gives a breakdown of general problems we always experience, the breaks, wheels and tires. It explains what to tell when your breaks are worn out, when you hear funny sounds when making a corner what it means and when you are running on your last patch of rubber


MUST WATCH Title: Fast Five Available: Most movie theaters Rating: *****

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re you a speed freak, love fast cars, sexy women and the sight of cars drifting with the sound of gun fire in surround sound. This is the movie for you Shooting location: “Rio is good this time of year” is a line of dialogue from Fast & Furious that speaks volumes. Recalls Diesel: “Letty is the one that brings up Rio in Fast & Furious; it sounds like a nondescript, throwaway line but it’s very telling.” VIN DIESEL and PAUL WALKER lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. Newly joined by DWAYNE JOHNSON, they take the series that hooked the world on adrenaline and amp up the action and spectacle on a global scale. In Fast Five, former cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) in a very unfamiliar place: the opposite side of the law in exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ELSA PATAKY joins Johnson and returning favorites JORDANA BREWSTER, CHRIS “LUDACRIS” BRIDGES, TYRESE GIBSON, SUNG KANG, GAL GADOT, MATT SCHULZE, TEGO CALDERÓN and DON OMAR in an ultimate high-stakes heist. The Fast and the Furious introduced the world to the underground world of street racing and underscored the differences among American muscle cars and Japanese and European imports. Throughout the franchise’s history, each installment has tipped its hat to one without slighting the other. 2 Fast 2 Furious introduced the ultrasexy, NOS-fueled neon rainbow of vibrantly colored tuner toys of Miami, and they were replete with eye-popping graphics and unique designs. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift took audiences to the cradle of drifting with Tokyo’s focus on modified tuner imports. Still, it couldn’t resist a deserved nod to good old American heavy metal, with a rebuilt Mustang ready to do battle with tuner cars. Fast & Furious began the journey back to the core of pushthe-limit street racing—with muscle cars leading the charge. The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico was perfect for navigating the requirements of many of the film’s huge set pieces. As outrageous as the action sequences may have seemed over the course of the series, Morgan constantly pushes the limits of what’s possible (and filmable) when he writes. Still, he has always kept in mind Lin’s desire to shoot as much practically as possible. The vault heist was an idea he’d been mulling as early as development on Fast & Furious, but the premise didn’t quite fit into how he envisioned June 2011 45

(L to R) MATT SCHULZE, TYRESE GIBSON, GAL GADOT, VIN DIESEL, PAUL WALKER, JORDANA BREWSTER, SUNG KANG and CHRIS “LUDACRIS” BRIDGES in Fast Five

populated Rio here. As outrageous as the action sequences may have seemed over the course of the series, Morgan constantly pushes the limits of what’s possible (and filmable) when he writes. Still, he has always kept in mind Lin’s desire to shoot as much practically as possible. The vault heist was an idea he’d been mulling as early as development on Fast & Furious, but the premise didn’t quite fit into how he envisioned the sequence playing out. Therefore, Morgan filed it away until Fast Five came around. To ensure that the mind-blowing action would occur, the filmmakers tapped SPIRO RAZATOS, who engineered the bold driving action on Death Race and Vantage Point, to direct their second-unit action alongside veteran stunt coordinator JACK GILL.


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VW Confirms 2013 WRC Campaign

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n the eve of Rally d’Italia Sardegna, car manufacturing giant Volkswagen has confirmed that it will enter the World Rally Championship in 2013, competing with the Polo R WRC. The German outfit will contest the full 2013 season, but it won’t compete competitively before then. In order to give the team’s staff experience of competing on rallies, it will enter events this year with Skoda Fabia S2000s (VW being Skoda’s parent brand), although specific rallies and drivers have not yet been announced. With Citroen, Ford and MINI currently participating in the WRC, the number of manufacturers contesting the series in 2013 will rise to four. Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the VW Board, said that the new regulations inspired VW to commit to a WRC programme. “Intelligent downsizing is important to us,” he said, which reflects both Volkswagen’s approach to performance motoring with the road-going Polo R and the regulation 1.6-litre turbo engines of the new-look WRC. On the subject of drivers, Hackenberg denied rumours linking 2003 World Champion Petter Solberg with the team: “None of the drivers who have been rumoured [to have been signed] have been approached.” Luca de Meo, VW’s Director of Marketing, explains that the global nature of the WRC fits with the brand’s ambitions for the Polo road car. “We have ambitions

of making the Polo the best small car in the world. The Polo is a global product and the WRC is a global platform; 13 rallies, four continents, broadcast in 80 countries and 500 million enthusiasts worldwide. This is the first reason for entering. “The second reason is that rallying is real. The [drivers] are accessible and fans can connect the rally car to the road car. “Thirdly, it’s a chance to promote the R brand, which is sporty and exclusive. Fourthly, there are lots of motorsport freaks in Volkswagen!” On the eve of Rally d’Italia Sardegna, car manufacturing giant Volkswagen has confirmed that it will enter the World Rally Championship in 2013, competing with the Polo R WRC. The German outfit will contest the full 2013 season, but it won’t compete competitively before then. In order to give the team’s staff experience of competing on rallies, it will enter events this year with Skoda Fabia S2000s (VW being Skoda’s parent brand), although specific rallies and drivers have not yet been announced.

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F1 Spanish GP Race

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ebastian Vettel won the fifth round of the Formula 1 season at Barcelona, Spain. Fernando Alonso made the perfect start at the Spanish Grand Prix and moved from fourth on the grid to first before turning into turn 1. The Spanish driver used a combination of bravery and KERS to dive down the dirty side of the track and overtake both Red Bull drivers. The first pit stops of the race started on lap 9 with some of the slower cars coming in to change tyres. Sebastian Vettel came in on lap 10 to change to soft tyres, and then again on lap 19 to change to a brand new set of soft ‘Option’ tyres. Fernando Alonso then came in on lap 21 but came out behind Sebastian Vettel, who made the ‘undercut’ move work so well for him. Lewis Hamilton came out in front of Alonso after his stop, and started to slowly reel in Vettel. Mark Webber who had dropped down from pole position to fourth, battled with Fernando Alonso for third place and they nearly came together down the pit straight, where Alonso came out in front. Heikki Kovalainen slammed into the tyre wall at turn 9 on lap 52, causing a yellow flag zone, where all drivers had to slow down, although the accident didn’t involve the safety car. Ferrari Driver Felipe Massa also retired from the race after running of the track and into the gravel trap. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel battled it out at the front of the race, with Vettel holding the race lead until the end of the race. Jenson Button came in third, with Mark Webber in fourth, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso fifth. Mercedes GP drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg came in sixth and seventh. Renault driver Nick Heidfeld came in eighth after starting at the back of the grid, with both Sauber drivers, Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi taking ninth and tenth place.


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