The vintage and Classic auto show took place over the weekend at Sheraton Gardens with over 90 cars on display on Saturday July 29th which was an impressive record number for the show which is in its 6th edition.
The Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga who was the chief guest at the event was very impressed with what he saw particularly the level of maintainance the owners of the cars have kept and the growing love Ugandans are showing for the event which is now turning regional as some of the participants came from as far as Kenya to dislay their cars.
“This is very impressive, this is really good. I would personally love to have a car like this” Mayiga said as soon as he was ushered into the main display area by the Organisers and MCs Okiria Steven and Miss Deedan as he set his eyes on the first car.
He was particularly impressed with a 1964 Mercedes Benz 190SL belonging to Patrick Mweheire and a 1937 Wolseley belonging to 8-year-old Kagwa Kalvin whose car won the most appealing car award at the end and was accompanied by his sister.
For this specific edition, over 90 classic cars were confirmed for the show with 11 coming from across the border in Kenya. There was also a big turn up of motorcycles that were showcased as part of an exciting line-up of activities for the day as well as a lubricant workshop organised in partnership with Mogas-Castrol Oils Uganda.
The Katikiro while presiding over the awards ceremony, also reiterated that, the Kabaka of Buganda Sir Daudi Chwa II was actually the first Ugandan to import an automobile in the country and his car (a Albion 16-HP) was the first privately owned motor cars and it was befitting for him to be part of the event as the Kingdom has been part of history of cars and even still has some of the vintage cars.
He also thanked the organises for a good job done as well as the Kenyan delegation that turned up in big numbers for the event as he handed over the Uganda flagged to them as they prepare to host the next Vintage and classic auto show in Nairobi.
Several cars owners walked away with prizes as their vintage cars impressed the judges with Mr. Wallace Walusimbi’s Toyota Corona 1967 model emerging the Best Overall Car.
Vintage car collector Dr. Edward Kayondo had an impressive 12 cars on show and a big team of family members and technicians to accompany him. There were also brand new and modern cars on display from different companies as show goers admired and even had a feel of some of the cars with majority settling for selfie moments and photo opportunities.
To crown off the evening, there was a fashion show by Brenda Maroka in conjunction with Joram Modelling Management and performances by Uganda’s reggae star Madoxx Ssemanda Sematimba while Mixakids kept the children busy throughout the day with exciting activities.