For 44 years, Azar Anwar’s BMW, number plate KRW 786 has been on the road. It is one of the oldest classic cars in the country.
It has been in the East African Mini Classic Rally besides comping kilometers in mileage. It is still going strong. Now, Anwar, one of the most decorated rally drivers in the country having won a number of top championships, wants his machine back on the race.
The BMW stands out as one of Azar’s motorsport creations but this time on the classical side of the motor sport.
“The BMW is my creation and so far I have not found another one like it in the world…”
According to him, the car is a 1978 model which was sold in Kenya while still brand new. After years of use, it was dumped for 15 years after which he re-modelled it to fit its current state.
The car is a budget build; meaning it has been made out of locally sourced materials as this was relatively cheaper.
With three years of research and work time, the champion rally driver has been able to make several changes to the machine to qualify it as a classic car; all these to fit the rules for categorising it as one according to rally rules.
“This is a classic car. The way you see it, it is must have been produced before 1985 December. This is inclusive of the engines and transmitters. Because it’s a unique car, I really struggled looking for the parts and also I had to create, design and engineer things to make it work. The reason I chose to build that car is because motorsport runs to rules. These are classic cars and classic rally favours cars with large engines,” noted Anwar.
Classic cars are allowed to make some modifications but still maintain the classic standards.
Anwar goes ahead to state that he chose to sacrifice the size and weight of the car for power thus installing a 3.5-liter fuel injection engine whose cutoff date is before 1985.
He has incorporated stronger rims, stronger rally tires, rally seats and the roll cage plus suspensions and safety equipment.
Detectives Probing Nominated MP David Sankok Son’s Death
The son of Nominated MP David Sankok shot himself dead and Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding his suicide.
On Tuesday morning, Mr Mwenda Ethaiba, a Narok County Criminal Investigations Officer led a team of Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers to the lawmaker’s home at Ewaso Nyiro Centre, Narok County.
Sankok’s 15-year-old son was a Form three student, and it was reported that he gained access to his father’s bedroom where he had hidden the gun, on Monday at around 3 pm.
The detectives are seeking to know how the boy accessed the gun and where it was kept according to sources privy to the investigations.
The CCIO said they are trying to figure out what could have triggered the young boy to shoot himself.
“We are investigating and in the course of time we shall be able to unravel that,” he said.
Ethaiba promised to issue a comprehensive media statement at 3 pm today.
Five Vehicles Damaged, One Injured After Tree Crashes In Naivasha Camp
A weekend spin for a group of families in a Naivasha hostel ended on a sour note after an Acacia tree crashed, considerably damaging their buses.
In an incident that passed last evening at Camp Carnelley’s along Moi South Lake Road, one person was injured and five buses damaged.
The injured person was rushed to sanitarium and is in stable condition. The affected auto possessors and the hostel operation have moved in to assess damages.
Strong winds in the area forced the aging tree to collapse, leaving partyers who had bivouacked at the hostel with no choice but to flee for safety.
A caller, John Muturi said that he and his family were having a mess in the hostel when the giant tree crashed.
Naivashasub-county Deputy Commissioner Mutua Kisilu verified the incident, condemning heavy winds.
“There was a loud sound of something falling on the ground and on checking we found that an acacia tree had crushed some cars,” he said.
Meanwhile, over 50 families were forced to spend the night in the deep freeze after flash- cataracts hit Duro vill in Moi Ndabi area.
A private academy and several shops were damaged, with the deputy manager attesting no lives were lost.
“The flash floods caught the families by surprise flooding their homes and the trading center and the security team is accessing the situation,” he said.
In the last couple of days, Naivasha city and its environs have recorded heavy rains with the Met department projecting further rains.