Date(s) - 22/07/2018
Riviera Classic Car Show
Paignton Sea Front
Region: WEST OF ENGLAND
The English Riviera Classic Car Show
The history of the Show
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 organisations. In 2017 TOWC was proud to donate a record sum of £5,500, which brings the running total to over £45,000.
The Show takes place on the north section of Paignton Green, alongside the beach and Paignton Pier.
There’ve been some changes to the layout of the show in recent years. Originally the whole of the Green was available, but things began to change in about 2009. Firstly a seasonal license was granted by the local council to a roller coaster ride located on the site from July to September which reduced the space. Then in 2012 a large new adventure playground opened on the adjacent middle green. This meant that there was no longer room there for the marquees and stage which are part of the Festival. The only option was to re-site them on the North Green, further reducing the space left for the vehicle display. But it’s not all negative, as you’ll see.