The Nairobi-Mombasa Road, or rather the possibility of it, has always presented endless difficulties, and to many these difficulties It appeared greater than the actual need of a road between Capital and Coast.

Personally I must say that it has always been one of my dreams  to have this road an accomplished fact. For a dozen or more reasons,  I think it is essential, and the progress which has been made in bringing this about since my pioneer trip in January, has been  amazing. Further, in the two months since it was open to traffic 198 cars have,  to my personal knowledge, used it. Various routes were suggested as the Main Mombasa Trunk Road.               

1) Via Kajiado, Moshi and Voi.
2) Via Kitui to Kilifi which meant crossing miles and miles of practically waterless country, covered with dense bush, and as yet unexplored.

3) Using existing roads to Emali, and thence by a direct road (now in course of reconnaissance survey) running parallel to the railway.


It was the first of these routes which I took in January accompanied by Captain Gethin in the “ Test ” Riley car. I would like to say here that no one could wish for a better companion on a pioneer trip of this kind.


His optimism at all times was wonderful, and stood the strain of mending over 50 punctures. From Voi to some 5 miles beyond Mackinnon Road, a distance of 60 miles, there was no  road whatsoever, and we just had to hack our way through the dense bush with gangs of boys. In parts the bush was fifteen to twenty feet high, sansovera, thorn, cactus and wild sisal, not to mention the wait-a-bit thorn trees, so our progress was very slow, and the heat appalling. However, we eventually got through and a few miles beyond Mackinnon Road we reached the new road., which links up Samburu with Kwale and Mombasa.


In August I was asked to try the new route following the railway line from Emali to Voi. Although only a reconnaissance track, the hard red soil forms a natural road and in places we were able to travel 40 to 45 miles per hour. This road will in time be the Grand Trunk Road linking up Mombasa with Uganda and the Soudan. Mr. Birch of the Public Works Department has surmounted frightful obstacles in his survey of this road, and the very greatest credit is due to him for the really wonderful alignment. All that is wanted now are three small permanent bridges, one over the Tsavo River and two over the two Maboko Rivers, as the present temporary ones will be swept away by the first rains.


I would like to take this opportunity of offering my warmest thanks to Major Brook who built a splendid bridge over the Voi River, and who started the work on the Samburu road, Captain Dundas who organised all the working parties from Voi to Mackinnon Road, and made the road after I had gone through, Major Layzell Voi, Mr. Maclean, Senior Commissioner, Mombasa, Mr. Campbell, Senior Commissioner, Nairobi, Mr. Sykes, Director of Public Works, Mr. Fairley, Executive Engineer, Mombasa, Mr. Birch Survey & Reconnaissance, Mr. Sharp, District Commissioner, Kwale, who made the splendid road from Mackinnon Rd. to Kwale, and Mr. Wykham and Mr. Tysdale who have greatly improved the Voi—Ndara—Mackinnon Road section.


                         Hon. Secretary, R.E.A.A.A. 

''Galton Fenzi & Capt. Gethin made the first car journey from Nairobi to Mombasa in 1926'' Click above

The Story Behind The Galton Fenzi Memorial

It is a tribute to Lionel Douglas Galton-Fenzi who is remembered for founding the Nairobi branch of the Royal East Africa Automobile Association in 1919, now the Automobile Association of Kenya. He is also remembered as the first motorist to drive from Nairobi to Mombasa in 1926 when all that existed was a dirt track.

Kenya Bus Services late 1950's early 1960's, Mombasa


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 Noticeable with S.M.A  there are strong similarities to the later Setright S.M.B machines introduced in the late 1940s.

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Classic Buses News & Mail

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Crosville - Halfcab Bristol 'L' single deckers


The Bristol K was first manufactured in 1936 and replaced the G-type as Bristol's production double-deck chassis. In 1950 , revised construction and use regulations allowed double deck vehicles to be 27' 6"  long and 8' wide, so the K became first the KS and then the KSW.



Credit to Duke Ngei  for providing historical Bus transportation that were used by many people.

Welcome to The Old Car Manual Project's collection of old car brochures. Currently numbering over 50,000 images, this collection has been built through the generous contributions of old car.

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Classic Cars

There are now well over 450+ classic car photographs in this photo archive, so if you're looking for classic car picture or truck photos, have a browse in the list of car photographs below .. more old car pictures added regularly. Please note: I have now split the images across a number of pages, as one page for all photos was becoming unwieldy. This page now contains images for the 1920s and 1930s vehicles only, with those from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s now having their own pages, which can be chosen from the links below.


Saab collection

Pre-War modelled Cars