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9 December @ 5:48 pm

A popular annual show which takes place on the north section of Paignton Green, alongside the beach and Paignton Pier. Entries are filling up rapidly. As mentioned previously on our WhatsApp and facebook pages, we are not going to be attending as a club, but individual members can book and make their arrangements to park together.


TOWC organises the Riviera Classic Car Show in late July every year on the first Sunday of the Paignton Festival, which lasts for 9 days.  The Festival was formerly called Torbay Carnival and has been held since 1908. It was given its new name in 2016 and still includes the Torbay Carnival procession on the Wednesday evening. The show is an important part of the Festival week and was first held by us in 1994. It raises funds for the Festival, which are used entirely to support local charities and community organisations. In 2022 we were proud to donate £7,000, bringing the running total raised to well over £66,000. Amazingly, almost half of this has been since 2016.

With the current layout the show is more a part of the Festival than ever.  The display of fabulous vehicles is complemented by stage entertainment through the day, food outlets, a craft marquee and licensed bar.  We’re still able to accommodate around 400 vehicles and the result is a unique event which has developed its own very special relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Such is its popularity that we now have exhibitors bringing their vehicles from over much of England and South Wales, and bookings for spaces are full some months in advance.  Some of our entries are individuals, whilst we also have clubs taking their own stand spaces. The range of vehicles is something to behold.  There are a few rare examples from the early part of the 1900s, lots of classics from the 50s to 70s or even a bit later.  There’s also a sprinkling of modern custom and supercars, commercial vehicles, scooters and motorbikes.

The show site is right at the heart of one of the most popular and busiest parts of Torbay and is always enjoyed by families on holiday as well as locals who make a point of visiting us every year. With so much to see and do, it’s a great day out for all the family.

We can fit in almost 400 vehicles but the show’s popularity means it’s always over-subscribed. Entry Packs are available by clicking this linkit will take you to the downloads page.

We do sometimes find that we have a few spare spaces on the day.  We can never guarantee this, but if so then we will accept some late entries.  All exhibitors are given a rally programme and a small memento to show our appreciation. 

The cut-off age for exhibits is 1993 with the exception of cars in the Americans and Custom/Exotic classes, and clubs.  All entries are accepted at the discretion of the organisers.  A minimum of 5 vehicles is needed for a club stand and we recommend block applications for this.

For safety reasons, drivers must be on site before 10 am and not leave until the show closes after the prize giving around 4.30 pm. This is clearly stated on your entry form and when you sign you agree to this.

The site postcode is TQ4 6BW

The entry details are contained on the attached booking form, downloaded from the event website https://www.towc.club/riviera-classic-car-show

Riviera Car Show 23.7.23 Entry Form



23 July
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Paignton Green
Paignton Grren
Paignton, Devon TQ4 6BW
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