Alvis sparkles at a wet Warren

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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

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