Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (, and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, July 20, 2009


As we’ve seen in the last two blogs, there were a variety of automobiles running around the Nairobi streets. Besides the aforementioned Ford, Chalmers, and Hupmobile; Buick, Chevrolet, and Austin brands were also well represented. Consequently, motor clubs popped up in the colony, and to feed the need for motoring information, The East African Standard ran a regular column titled “Motor Notes” by “Carburetter.”

The column’s first concern was to keep members of the East African Auto Assocation up to date on pertinent news. For example, on Febr, 14, 1920, Carburetter describes a project for making the first “motoring map” for British East Africa, a “strenuous task” since most of the existing maps were at least ten years old and “by no means accurate.” Information regarding roads passable only in dry season was particularly useful.

Other important business was to establish the EAAA’s 1920 program starting with a “motor gymkhana sometime before the March rains.”

Carburetter claimed that sixty percent of the motorcars purchased (presumably in the colony) were purchased for business purposes. “The average owner’s mind does not run in pleasure channels now.” He considered the initial sale to be the beginning of a partnership and the “after attention” was just as important as the purchase.

From time to time in this blog, we’ll revisit Mr. Carburetter and see some of the other columns of interest to the growing motor vehicle group in the new Kenya Colony.

The images were taken from The East African Standard, 1920 issues.

NEXT WEEK: Nairobi Buses.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, all available in trade paperback.. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, is available in hardcover. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH will be released Sept. 1, 2009. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: Follow short updates on

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