Old is Gold: Car Owners Win Big at the 8th CBA Vintage Car Show 2019

As the saying goes “Old is Gold,” its indeed true as many vintage car owners walked away with lots of awards at the 8th CBA Uganda Vintage and Classic Auto Show 2019 held on Saturday 27 at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.


Started way back in 2011, the show has been rated as one the most successful events with more improvements in every edition. The show attracted numerous lovers of cars and collectables from not only Uganda, but beyond.

This car attracted the attention of every reveler who was in attendance

Kids were seen equally enjoying the event playing in the area organized for them, well equipped with bouncing castles and toys among others.


There were over 27 awards and certificates handed over to the best participants including the owners of 77 registered vintage cars, collectables and best dressed both male and female among others.

These phones can still receive calls but unable to call due to the trend in Technology
Some of the collectables at the show
Back in the days,these are the Calculators which were in use

Revelers attracted by a one army green vintage car

Speaking at the event, Dr. John Baptist Niwagaba Chairman of the Vintage Classic auto show said,”this year everything is new, we try to make sure that every year we give you a series 60 degrees.


This year we have registered many improvements as we can see, we registered close to 100 partipating cars, most of them about 60% are new entries as compared to the 70-80 cars that we have been registering over the past years.”


Niwagaba added that, “we also introduced new categories this year such as a section of motorcycles which has increased to 10.

The number of Motorcycles increased to 10,according to Dr.John Niwagaba

We also have over 50 collectables. Generally speaking the show is different, the judging is tighter, the competition is much tighter and the awards are bigger.”

On how the winners were selected, Niwagaba said, “all cars are judged on criteria that assesses the body, interior, engine compartment, road worthiness and age. So, the criteria of five things, generates a score of 100 which all these cars are subjected to by a team of two international and two local judges.”


The best 3 cars won big with the 1st car owner winning a return air ticket to Guangzhou in china, a cash price of Shs3M from CBA Bank, wheras the 2nd best car owner won himself a trip to ghanzou and a cash price Shs2M and the 3rd third took home Shs2M plus other gifts from the organizers among other awards.

These cars were used in the US Military way back in the 80s

Mr.Anthony Ndegwa,CBA Uganda CEO revealed that the show enables them freely interact with their clients and potential Customers in a fun-filled setting.

“As CBA,we are excited to once again be part of this event this year.This show allows us freely interact with our Clients and potential Customers in a fun-filled environment.”

Ndegwa assured of the Bank’s continuous support to the show for as long as the Bank is still operating.

Below, we bring you some of the lucky winners in their respective categories;


Collins Isingoma’s VW Dune Buggy impressed the judges and topped the ‘Classic Rally Car’ (made in 1989 or Earlier)’ award.

The late Paddy Blick’s Yamaha YZ 250cc motorbike, now owned by William Blick, bagged 3 awards including ‘Bike with The Most Intriguing History,’ ‘National championships,’ ‘Best Vintage’ or ‘Classic Motorcycle.’

William Blick with his motorbike

Wolsley 1937 owned by Calvin Kagwa was named ‘Best vintage car 2019.

Rajiv Ruparelia’s Rolls Royce 1974 was named 2nd Best overall car.’

The 3rd ‘Best Overall car.

Rajiv Ruparelia’s 1968 Mercedes Benz.

Burst-a-piston award.

1968 VW Kombi. An award dedicated to a vehicle which ensured the biggest challenges to get to the show.

1968 VW Kombi which won the Burst-a-piston award

Best Dressed

Hajji Wazir Kakooza and his son won the best dressed award
Kakooza Wazzir Al Haaj
Forget these days’ bukutu,bakata styles,this was a real dance back in the days

Other categories including; ‘Van or Minibus of the year,’ ‘Best pick-up of the year,’ ‘Best garage or Mechanic’ and the ‘Best up country car’ among others.

This looked brand new yet it was one of the oldest cars

The overall winner walked home with 2 business class tickets to Guangzhou courtesy of RwandAir, cash prize of Shs5m from CBA Bank, cakes, brunches and dinners from Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

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