Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

The Warren Classic Concours is no ordinary classic car show. Nestled in the rolling grounds of the Warren Estate near Maldon in Essex, it is a concours event that rivals the very best in the UK. There were some true automotive gems on display, with a stunning variety of automobiles of all ages present, which demonstrates that this is becoming one of the fastest growing concours events in the UK.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

This years show took place on Sunday 22nd September and over 120 cars took part, competing in fourteen different classes. Classic car fans were treated to live displays and demonstrations and there was lots to entertain at this family friendly show.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
American cinematic V8 muscle on the move

As one would expect at a Concours D’Elegance, there were some serious work to be done by the judges, with a simply unbelievable array of rare and valuable cars on display.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
Regal transport was available on the day
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
A beautiful 1937 Delage DB-120 Cabriolet leads a display of very important cars
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
The sun came out to shine on some truly wonderful classics

The centre piece of the show was a glittering display of some very important motor cars. A stand out was the simply vast and very imposing 1948 Daimler DE36 Drophead Coupe. Known as one of the “Docker Daimlers”, this exceptionally rare British convertible was the flagship Daimler, aimed at royalty and the rich and famous.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
One of the most extravagant Daimler’s ever designed

It’s coachwork was by sculpted by Hooper, who’s director of the time was Lady Docker, wife of then Daimler Chairman Sir Bernard Docker. Lady Docker was responsible for approving some controversial designs, and she believed that the brand needed some extravagance in order to move away from it’s staid image. The Daimler DE36 Drophead Coupe was indeed a success in this regard, but it did little to improve the fortunes of Daimler.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
The vast Daimler DE36 has enough room for 5 passengers

Another delightful drophead was a stunning 1946 Delahaye 135 Cabriolet. The former French marque were responsible for some of the most beautiful cars of all time and to see such a fine example on display at The Warren Classic was a real treat.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
A very fine Delahaye 135 Cabriolet indeed
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
The GFA badge suggests that this 135 was sold by Générale Française Automobile
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
A very photogenic front end that proved very popular with wealthy clientele

Other notable displays were a 1931 Bugatti Type 54 Roadster and a stunning Bugatti Type 35 racer, both of which looked resplendent on the lawns. It is rare to see such valuable Bugatti’s in the flesh and even rarer to see them braving the elements on what was a very changeable Sunday.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
Admiring the gorgeous 1931 Bugatti Type 54
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
Gauges like jewelry
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
The iconic Type 35 racer
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
A legend of the great Italian marque

The stand out display however at this years Warren Classic Concours was the fascinating 1923 Voisin C6 Laboratoire racer. The C6 was unveiled in 1923 and was essentially an experimental road racer, hence the name Laboratoire. It was developed to meet the Automobile Club de France’s new regulations for the 1923 race season.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
The striking Voisin C6 Laboratoire
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
A flat bottomed racing steering wheel in 1923

The design was achieved over six months by Gabriel Voisin and his chief engineer, André Lefebvre. They created an aerodynamic monocoque car, with a narrow streamlined profile which drew influence from aviation design. Under the aluminium coachwork was a six cylinder 1.984 litre engine.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
Lovely mechanical detailing on the pedals
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
Some gauges were angled, likely for oval circuits.



Four Voisin C6 racers competed in the 1923 Grand Prix de Vitesse but only one managed to finish the race, coming home in 5th place. It was a  truly fascinating example of aviation inspired 1920s French race car design.

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
A very streamlined profile
Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours
The front mounted propeller helped drive the water pump

As always picking a favorite is difficult given the quality of the cars on show, but the Voisin C6 Laboratoire was Take to the Road’s choice as Best in Show at this years Warren Classic Concours. We look forward to seeing what the organisers have in store for next years Concours.

Additional Photos from The Warren Classic Concours D’Elegance

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

Automotive Gems Dazzle at The Warren Classic Concours

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