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Meet the first person to own a vehicle in Kenya

Kenya's first car was built by Australian road engineer George Wilson who imported it from France via the Mombasa Port.

The vehicle was a De Dion Bouton, one of the most well-liked vehicles on the planet at the time.

Wilson's automobile became well-known as an engineering marvel and a status symbol in Kenya and throughout all of East Africa.

George was one of the civil engineers in charge of constructing the roads in Kenya that linked Mombasa and Mumias.

The vehicle's single-cylinder engine, which required expensive maintenance, powered the machinery.

The driver was positioned in the rear body rest and the passengers were compelled to sit in the front seats opposite from him.

Kenya experienced a technical boom, although there were still some difficulties with the automobile.

First of all, despite being a road engineer, George Wilson was unable to drive his foreign vehicle.

Wilson had the good fortune to own a handbook from the French automaker detailing how to drive and maintain the vehicle.

Wilson also experienced fuel issues because there were no gas stations and no automobiles in the nation at the time.

The engineer was compelled to drive the car while dragging gasoline jerrycans.

Last but not least, Wilson found it challenging to negotiate the challenging roads because they weren't designed for automobiles.

Kenyans were already using the train at the time, despite the fact that it took Wilson 26 years to complete the first road trip from Mombasa to Nairobi.

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