Motor show deemed a success as visitors pack out Paignton Green.


The inaugural Torbay motor show was deemed a huge success by its organisers as thousands of spectators flocked to Paignton Green on Easter Saturday to view the hundreds of vehicles on show.

“It was a great day” said event chairman Terry Butcher, “and we are delighted with the response from both vehicle owners and traders alike. Of course, also not forgetting the thousands of members of the public who filled the green all day long!”

“It goes to show that if you organise something on such a popular subject, then the public will come out to have a look.”



Entry Photo’s and the Early Birds…..

With the Green starting to fill up nicely of all type’s of cars, it was certainly starting to look good.

Not only the Hot Rods club had a good display but Torbay Sccobies has a good amount of cars to the Ford ST Club and many others which can be found below in there individule sections….


Hot Rod’s Stand

 BMW Southwest Club UK

Torbay Scoobies Stand

TQ Modified Stand

 Speed Culture Stand



“Before the event we had great feedback not only from BBC Radio Devon and the local media, who really got behind us, but also from the two awareness days we held in Paignton town centre. So we knew people were interested, but to this extent – never!”

The site was already very busy when Torquay rally driver Chris Wheeler, who is currently contesting both the English and BTRDA rally championships in his Ford Fiesta, cut the ribbon to officially open a new chapter of car shows on the English Riviera and didn’t the public love it!

The atmosphere around the show site was wonderful and it was great to see people of all ages gazing at the fabulous machinery on show. Families were being enthralled by fathers and grand fathers telling them that “I used to drive one of those when I was younger!”, whilst children were hard at work looking for the clues in the easter egg hunt.

Organised by a team with a great track record for putting on award winning events and with the support of Alan Jeffrey’s Plymouth based ‘Engine Tuner’ concern, in conjunction with local Torbay businessmen – and confirmed petrol heads – Martyn Strange and Simon De Vey, the event was a cracking way to get the 2015 tourist season underway.

“Our aim was to showcase all that is good in the automotive sector in Torbay and South Devon” said Butcher, “and I don’t think we disappointed. There were main dealers such as BMW / Mini, MG, Toyota and Vauxhall plus traders, car clubs and lots of special vehicles on display.”

“I think we ticked all of the boxes from race, rally and hill climb cars, through to classic and vintage cars, via modern and old school custom cars, whatever your interest we had something to turn heads.”

“Not only did we have the best display of hot rods I’ve seen in many years, but also super cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and one of the the very first viewings of the latest electric super car from BMW.”

At the end of the day, the award for ‘Best in Show’ went to a car which had turned heads all day and that was the 1936 Ford Devil Coupe hot rod owned by Torquay resident Gary Whyte. A real beast of a car which was powered by a 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8 engine


The proceeds raised from the show cars and visitor donations are going to local charity ‘ACE’ (Access to Community Education), so the good turn-out will be a great help to them.


‘Access to Community Education’ support disabled adults in Torbay by providing accessible and varied learning activities. They are based in Brixham but serve Torbay, which has a higher than average population of disabled people. ACE reaches out to them and their carers bringing a special meaning to their lives by replacing loneliness and boredom with friendship and learning.

It was great to see numerous volunteers and beneficiaries from ‘ACE’ out and about at the show helping out and getting their message out to the public, publicising the great work they do in the community.

Butcher added that “By the time my hard working team had cleared the green and retired to the local pub for well earned food and refreshment, social media was ablaze with so much positive feedback and supportive comments, that I guess we’ll have to do it all again next year!

Best in show
Gary Whyte – 1936 Ford Devil Coupe (400ci Pontiac V8)


Best Show and Shine
Nick Gillard – Ford Cortina Mk1


Chairmans Choice
John Manning – MG SV


Best Classic and Custom Paint
Stuart Brock – Ford Fiesta


Best Club Display
ST Owners Club


I would like to thank all of the committee members for the Torbay Motor Show for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the last 10 months. All of that hard work culminated in a stunning show today and I am still pinching myself to see if I imagined the whole thing or not.

Of course it was not just committee members who made it possible as there were other volunteers who gave their time marshaling, photographing, lending equipment, arranging for us to be able to promote the event and helping us jump through the hoops required to ensure a safe and happy show. I thank you all.

The committee were Andy Hobbs Vice Chairman, Stephanie Hobbs Charities and deputy Secretary etc etc, Jeremy Burgoyne Autosport representative, Melissa Butcher Clubs and Individual car entries organiser, Jed Bennett Dealers and Traders organiser, Chris Bannister Health and Safety Officer, Gillian Ellery Treasurer, John Clewer PR, Debi Potter Secretary, Carole Nesbitt ex Secretary, Glen Willis Webmaster.

Many thanks to all involved including our visitors

See you again next year

Terry Butcher.

Mark Campbell