Top Car Shows and Motoring Events in Devon
Love car shows and motoring events? Here’s our pick of the Devon car shows and related events taking place in 2018
With its country roads, unforgettable scenery and fantastic variety of motoring-themed days out, Devon has so much to offer fans of cars and driving. In fact, the Telegraph newspaper calls the gorgeous route from Dawlish (which is just a stone’s throw from our Dawlish Warren holiday park) to Widecombe-in-the-Moor one of the best drives in England!
Here’s our pick of the Devon car shows and related events taking place in 2018.
Vintage Vehicles at South Devon Railway Easter Fair (30 March – 2 April)
Head to Buckfastleigh station, part of the idyllic South Devon Railway, for a day out and enjoy a generous helping of transport history. In addition to the famous steam trains, the SDR Easter Fair will showcase other vintage vehicles, such as distinctive early 20th-century cars.
Boundless Classic Vehicle Group Display (13 May)
Buckfastleigh station will also be the setting for another top motoring event. The Classic Vehicle Group Display is organised by Boundless, the Civil Service Motoring Association’s club. In previous years, the display of club members’ prized possessions, including cars and buses, has been a big hit with visitors. 2018’s event looks set to be just as popular.
Pecorama Classic and Vintage Vehicle Rally (27 May)
Nestled in the hills above the village of Beer, you’ll find Pecorama Pleasure Gardens, which is gearing up to host the Classic and Vintage Vehicle Rally. The event’s organisers promise ‘a jolly and colourful affair’ for lovers of 20th-century cars and other vehicles. Check out the Top Spot Marquee, where the cream of the crop will be presented.
BHP Fuel Fest – The Devon Car Show (17 June)
The South West’s largest entertainment venue, Westpoint Exeter, will celebrate Father’s Day with a spectacular car show. At BHP Fuel Fest, car enthusiasts can discover all sorts of supercars, vintage cars, luxury models, motorsports vehicles and more! If you’re keen to see what some of the cars are capable of, make a beeline for the live action arena.
The Great West Jaguar Day (17 June)
For a more relaxed Father’s Day, enjoy vehicles from one of Britain’s finest car manufacturers at one of Devon’s finest historic sites. When The Great West Jaguar Day comes to Torre Abbey in Torquay, you can admire over 100 luxury cars, all gleaming in the Devon sunshine!
Powderham Historic Vehicle Gathering (7-8 July)
A stunning Devon tourist attraction, Powderham Castle near Exeter, will be the backdrop for the 45th Historic Vehicle Gathering. This huge car show prides itself on its diversity. Go along for a day out and you can expect to see everything from McLaren sports cars to classic Minis. The best vehicles will win awards, while live music will create an uplifting atmosphere.
Riviera Classic Car Show (22 July)
Paignton seafront will look even more vibrant than usual when the delightfully named Torbay Old Wheels Club presents its Riviera Classic Car Show this summer. The combination of picture-postcard views, family entertainment and an eclectic mix of cars is hard to beat when you want an enjoyable car-themed day out.
Sidmouth Classic Car Show (15 September)
Hundreds of vehicles (including some truly historic examples) and thousands of visitors will converge on the town’s cricket ground for Sidmouth Classic Car Show. The event is intended to have a relaxed, ‘garden party’ atmosphere. There’ll be Devon cream teas and a jazz band, while visitors are invited to dress in costumes reminiscent of their favourite era of motoring.
Don’t Miss Moretonhampstead Motor Museum!
In addition to car shows and events, Devon boasts a museum dedicated to motoring in all its forms, with more than 120 vintage vehicles. The marvellous Moretonhampstead Motor Museum frequently receives five-star reviews from car fans, and it’s bound to be better than ever when it reopens on 22 March following refurbishment.
The motoring enthusiasts who run the museum have transformed a former bus depot into a hotspot for classic cars. The collection encompasses everything from quirky three-wheelers to first-class luxury vehicles. What’s more, you can see future exhibits being lovingly restored in the museum’s workshop.