Alvis sparkles at a wet Warren
A stunning 1958 Alvis TC108/G Graber Coupé was the star of this year’s Warren Classic and Supercar Show on 23 September.
Despite torrential rain and high winds, the commitment of die-hard enthusiasts was rewarded as the sun eventually broke through and shined on the deserved winner, owned by Steve Horne. The beautiful sports saloon is one of just 37 bodied by Swiss coachbuilder Graber between 1956 and ’58, and it was in Switzerland that Horne found his car. The Graber machine edged the 1962 Austin Mini Se7en of Adrian Livesey for class honours in the British Late category.
Winners of the Best of British and Aston Martin classes were also shortlisted for the top award. Simon Bibby’s 1934 Rolls-royce Phantom II Kellner (Letter of the month, November) stood out for its purple coachwork and delicately embroidered rear compartment, joined by Chris Lawrence’s immaculate Aston Martin DB2/4. They won their respective classes ahead of Peter Cobbold’s 1989 Bentley Continental Mulliner Drophead and Philip Torr’s DB2/4.
Other winners included Roy Dowding’s 1960 Gordon-keeble and Charles Chadwyck-healey’s 1966 Ferrari 275GTB. Marcus Holland’s 1961 Jaguar E-type Series 1 was beautifully restored to a very high standard, likewise the V8-engined 1986 Land Rover 90 of James Clough, a popular winner of the British Icons class.
Top honours at the Essex show went to Steve Horne’s 1958 Alvis TC108/G Graber saloon
Unique Phantom II Kellner turned heads
‘Long Nose’ 275GTB, another class winner