Just 1 Week Until Riviera Run 2018!

Its time for our final blog post prior to the 2018 CMC Riviera Run, its been a busy year planning the event to make it our biggest and best show weekend yet and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

If you havent been before then check out our promotion video for this years show with footage of the CMC Riviera Run 2017 it really gives you a good feel for what your about to experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGQmGgFwqaM&feature=youtu.be

We have so much going on this year so we have published the full site plan for the showground and the full weekend event guide in advance, it’s on this blog post and it can be found on our website so you can see everything that’s happening, when it’s happening and where its happening before you arrive. PLEASE take a good look at the website www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk as it is packed with all the information you need as well as some great photos and video clips of previous Riviera Run weekends.


Site Plan 2018.JPGThis is our last blog post prior to the 2018 show but we will have daily updates going out on our Facebook page in the run up to the show and across the show weekend so please like, share and follow our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/cmcrivierarun/ and if you’re coming to the show please also click going on our event page to keep up to date with all the posts and event updates at: https://www.facebook.com/events/309513502869723/

The run down to the show is on as normal and for full details of the stops, times etc for the Official Run to the Riviera Run on Friday 4th May leaving at 10am then please follow this on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/145941149498747/

We look forward to seeing you all in just over a weeks time!

Cornish Mini Club Events Team

2018 Update – Pentewan Sands Caravans Sold Out & Drive In Movie Night at The Riviera Run!

Time for a quick update, we have tons of new stuff planned in for this year CMC Riviera Run 2018 and you can find out all the details on our website along with a provisional program guide here http://www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk/riviera-run-2018.html

The great news is there will be more Modern and Classic Minis than ever before attending this year Riviera Run and we have already sold out all of the on site Static Caravans for the weekend! Do not panic though there is still tons of space for camping and caravan pitches on Pentewan Sands and the facilities are first class for campers with electric hookup, wi-fi and fantastic clean and high quality toilet and shower blocks available as well as first class facilities inside the Seahourse centre so why not bring the tent or your caravan/camper!

If camping is not your thing and you still wish to come to this years show then day visitors are welcome on site (charged at £5 entrance per car) and you are welcome in the bar in the evening, there are also many great alternative static caravan sites nearby including Pentewan Sands sister site at Heligan Woods up the road or other local static caravan sites like Sun Valley which are walking distance (across the road from Pentewan Sands) so do not panic but we advise you book wherever your planing to stay ASAP as places are selling out fast and it is a Bank Holiday weekend!

more booking details and links can be found on our websites booking pages here http://www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk/booking-details.html


This year for the first time we are having a Drive In Movie night in the Showground on Friday 4th May and will be showing the Original Italian Job Movie. For more details and to book your tickets for the Drive in Movie please see our website and click the link here http://www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk/drive-in-movie-night.html

More details of this years show will be released in March so please keep following our blogs,  Facebook Page, Twitter and keep checking our website for the full show program, list of traders and exhibitors that will be updates over the next couple of months.

See You There!



CMC Riviera Run 2018 Winter Updates!

Well winters officially here and so we thought it was a good time to cheer you all up with some great news and updates for the Cornish Mini Club Riviera Run 2018!

As always the CMC crew have been working hard in the background to bring you the best show possible for next year, we have even more great stuff happening in 2018 and we have the Riviera Run back on the May Bank Holiday. So if you havent booked up yet, pick up the phone, Call Pentewan Sands or go through our website and get your accommodation booked as next years show is going to be awesome and the on site accomodation will sell out again this year!

So in brief here are some of the updates released to our website today, check out our website http://www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk and read it all on the new pages for the Riviera Run 2018 event guide, our Tech Tent/Trader page and all the other pages for all the latest news, updates and show information for 2018:

-We will be having a full on drive in Movie night on Friday to make the most of the long May Bank Holiday weekend were kicking it off on Friday night with a GIANT outdoor screening of THE ORIGINAL ITALIAN JOB Movie from the 1960’s where you will be able to drive into the show ground (no matter if your staying on the site or not) park up (pay to watch, prices TBC) and tune in to the FM frequency to here the Movie through your cars stereo or just wind down your window and listen to the external PA system.  Details of the screening times will be found on the Riviera Run 2018 Event Guide Page of this website

– We now have confirmation that AC DODD will be coming to both days of the show again in 2018 and will be running the TUNE UP TENT for anyone wanting to get their carbs and Dizzys setup or replaced then AC is the man for the job and was extremely busy at our show in 2017 and is well worth the money to get your minis engine running exactly how you want it so please make the most of him.  New for 2018 AC will also be doing a Tech Talk/Q&A session on Sunday Evening in the Bar at the Seahorse Centre to answer any questions you may have he will be taking to the Mic to answer your questions.

– We can also confirm that we will have a new expert attending for Riviera Run 2018 who will be supporting the show both days by running a TECH TENT to answer your questions about anything Mini Related.  In 2017 we found that AC was so busy tuning up your motors that there was very little time left for him to help you with other Mini issues so this year we have asked Keith Calver the main Technical Contributor and Technical Editor for MINI MAG to come along and run a TECH TENT on both Saturday and Sunday giving you a wealth of expertise that is very rarely available at any Mini show weekend and his advice is FREE so please pop on over to his tent and ask him anything you like!

– The Fire Brigade Vehicle Cutting Display Planned in for the Sunday Afternoon where they will demonstrate their cutting tools in action on a car!

-We have already had confirmation the Mini World Magazine will be covering/attending the event for the weekend as well as doing some Judging for the Show & Shine competition.

– Some local traders booked in already, plus we have had confirmation from MINIS R US and NK Trading that they will both be attending the show with all the usual Mini parts and spares on offer and we are waiting to here back from more traders!

– Traders will be on site and open for business Saturday, Sunday and new for 2018 Monday until 2pm before we close the show weekend with an afternoon Fish & Chip run and of course the MINI MICK Cream Tea Run will be on the Tuesday for those staying on for the week.

– Dont Forget all the usual great Riviera Run fun including, sound off exhaust/stereo, show and shine, rocker racing, glow show, live music, fancy dress, kids entertainment, Martial Arts display and so much more….dont delay book your accommodation today as its going to be a FANTASTIC weekend!

Riviera Run 2018 Dates Moved, Now Back On May Bank Holiday Weekend!!!

********* EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT *********
*********** RIVIERA RUN 2018 ***********

The Cornish Mini Club are very excited to announce that the Riviera Run 2018 will return to the May Bank Holiday at Pentewan Sands Holiday Park!

We have taken onboard the feedback from 2017 Riviera Run and Pentewan Sands have agreed to host our rejuvenated Riviera Run on 5th 6th and 7th May 2018.

For those of you who have already booked a holiday home for 12th & 13th May 2018, Pentewan Sands have confirmed that these bookings will be moved to the Bank Holiday weekend. You will be contacted by the holiday park shortly to confirm your booking. They will not charge an admin fee and your deposit will be transferred over. Anyone who is unable to, or does not wish to change their holiday dates will be offered their deposit back.
You will appreciate that the bank holiday weekend prices are slightly more expensive than the mid-May dates and exact prices will be confirmed mid October.

Pentewan Sands will include a Riviera Run plaque with each holiday home booking and a full event programme will follow in the next few months for our 3-day event.

We hope that we can count on your support and attendance at the 2018 Riviera Run as it will be bigger and better than 2017!

Best regards and we look forward to seeing you.

Cornish Mini Club

Show dates are now confirmed for the Cornish Mini Club Riviera Run 2018 and it will be held at Pentewan Sands!

We are pleased to finally be able to bring you the show dates for next years Riviera Run which following on from the success of this years show will again be held at Pentewan Sands.

Pentewan Sands is an amazing venue that not only allowed us to put on a great show weekend but also gave you the visitors some fantastic, high quality accommodation and facilities on site for your weekend away as well as putting on a huge amount of family entertainment across the whole weekend for us all to enjoy!

The 2018 Riviera Run show will be held on 12th-13th May 2018 and will again be a 2 day show weekend so we recommend you book up your accommodation from the Friday night onwards so you don’t miss out on all of Saturdays daytime activities as well as the usual show and shine and local cruise etc on the Sunday.

Booking for accommodation is OPEN and can be done through our websites booking page at www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk . We recommend that you book your static caravans ASAP as we completely sold out of these last year, you don’t have to pay the full balance of your accommodation costs until March 2018 but it is wise to get your booking in early to avoid missing out.

More details about next years show will come out over the summer/winter months so keep following our blogs,  Facebook Page, Twitter and keep checking our website for the full show program, list of traders and exhibitors that will be updates over the next few months.

Cornish Mini Club – Riviera Run 2017 Press Release

Riviera Run BannersIts been a busy month what with the CMC Riviera Run, followed by London to Brighton, followed by the IMM in Ireland so we thought we should wait until it all calmed down before putting out this Press release with everything you could possibly want to know about this years Cornish Mini Club Riviera Run 2017 held at Pentewan Sands.

Cornish Mini Club Members at Rivera Run 2017

The Cornish Mini Club members pulled out all the stops to make this years show as awesome as possible (you can see just some of the team involved in the picture above) and from the feedback we have had so far the hard work paid off and you all had a fantastic weekend which is really great to here. We the Cornish Mini Club would like to thank all those that helped make the weekend such a success and the team at Pentewan Sands did themselves proud by packing in tons of on site entertainment and providing us with an amazing show area topped of with excellent quality facilities, Thank you Pentewan Sands!

We can confirm some visitor numbers for the 2017 show weekend:

  • we had over 550 people staying on site.
  • at 1pm on Saturday we counted 142 minis on site.
  • at 1pm on Sunday we counted 204 minis on site.
  • on the Sunday local cruise we had 105 minis in the convoy.
  • on Saturday over 900 people visited the show with over 450 of them day visitors.
  • on Sunday over 1200 people visit the show with over 650 of them day visitors.
  • 47 Classic Minis and 25 Modern Minis entered the show and shine competition.
  • we had 17 different rockers in total entering the 2 classes of Rocker Racing.
  • 5 cars entered the glow show even in the rain!
  • lots of cars entered the sound off loudest exhaust and loudest stereo competitions.


We raised a good sum of money for our 2 chosen charity’s and cheques will be presented to them in due course. Much thanks to the RNLI who were kind enough to bring the off shore lifeboat over to the beach and do some maneuvers and Children’s Hospice South West who attended both days of the show weekend with their own stand.

The trophies winners list was extensive with lots of silverware to be won for both the Classic and Modern Minis, these fantastic trophies were sponsored by Pentewan Sands and they looked stunning. Here is the winners list:

Riviera Run 2017 winners results

As for 2018 what will it bring…. well so far we have already had many requests to return to next years show weekend by both you the show visitors and by the traders; AC Dodd (Tech Tent), NK trading (Mini Spares & Accessories), The Bouncy Castle company and many of the local traders all keen to come back for next years show as well as Chris Rowe booked in to attend the show weekend with BMW parts and accessories and Ocean BMW now interested in attending the show there should be more for those BMW mini owners next year!

We cannot confirm dates yet for next years Riviera Run as we are still working on this to try to avoid clashing with other major Mini show weekends as May has become a busy month in recent years and we want to make sure we get the dates right so you have no excuse to not come back next year!

As always keep checking our Twitter, Facebook pages and of course our website where you can find more updates about next year coming very soon….. In the meantime if you need to contact the Cornish Mini Club as traders looking to book for next year or as a show visitor for general enquiries, then please feel free to email us at cmcrivierarun@gmail.com and one of the team will get back to you ASAP!


Pack Your Bags & Start Your Engines!

Riviera Run Banners

Not Long to go until Minis will start arriving at Pentewan Sands on Friday afternoon from the Unofficial Riviera Run, don’t forget you can buy your Riviera Run Plaques when you book in after 3pm on Friday or all day Saturday & Sunday from Pentewan Sands Reception all other Riviera Run Merchandise will be on sale from the Cornish Mini Club stand from 10am-4pm on Saturday & Sunday in the show area.

There are tons of fantastic activities to watch and to take part in across both days of this years Riviera Run with lots of fun for all the family, both days have a variety of things to offer. There is so much going on this year that we have published the Riviera Run Event Guide well in advance and it was locked in for print this week, you can see the guide here before you arrive so you can plan out your weekend.

The entrance to this years show location has been branded up ready for your arrival so you can’t miss the entrance to Pentewan sands. Please make sure that on you park/queue up in the right place on arrival at the site.

Upon Arrival all visitors that are staying overnight at Pentewan Sands will need to park on the right hand side in front of the Reception building and go in to pick up your weekend wristbands and your vehicle passes for barrier entrance as well as your free Riviera Run Event Guide.

REception at Pentewan Sands

All day visitors to the show should not arrive before 9:45am as you will not be allowed on site prior to this time. the show does not open until 10am. Day visitors will need to queue up on the left hand side of the entrance in front of the site entrance barrier where security will meet you and issue you with different coloured day visitor wristbands for all the occupants in your vehicle each show day upon payment for your £5 entrance and will give you your free event guide for the weekend.

All Minis & MINI’S both staying on site or visiting for the day are invited to park in the show area on the right hand side once through the entrance barrier whilst all other day visitor vehicles will be marshalled into visitor parking on the left of the site just past the entrance barrier.

Dont forget to bring your fancy dress for the Saturday night competition in the seahorse bar with the live Queen Tribute band. If you’re looking for a quieter Saturday night then the on site Pub is running a Mini themed quiz and curry night from 9pm and of course don’t miss out on our first ever Glow Show before this in the main show area. Cars wanting to enter this and all other events across the weekend should report to the Cornish Min Club stand 15 minutes before the events start time to get booked in.

The weather report for the weekend from the Met Office is currently not looking too bad, there is a chance of some light showers across the weekend but generally it’s looking fairly dry. If the weather is poor there is still plenty to see and do as the competitions will all still go ahead and there are plenty of indoor activities including Spangles the clown, Wingz animal encounters and the Rocker Cover Racing in the seahorse centre across the weekend along with the indoor children’s play area, Arcade room and for those staying on site the indoor swimming pools will be open as will the Hubbox burger bar on the beach and the onsite pub so there is plenty to do inside and out!

This is the end of our last Pre-Riviera Run 2017 Blog we look forward to seeing you all in a couple of days, drive carefully and have a fantastic weekend!

please read all of our other blog posts to make sure you haven’t missed anything over the last month of updates and read our FAQ page on our website for some answers to your questions!

Please continue to like and share the Riviera Run 2017 posts on Facebook and follow our page, share our Blog, website (www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk), Twitter page and help us to make this our biggest show year ever!

See you next week!!!

The Final Edition of the Show Ground & Traders map is here, take a look a the layout and remember that all Minis are welcome to park up in the showground. On Saturday please make sure that you park your car so you can get out if you need to move it to enter the sound off or loudest Stereo competitions or if you want to have it looked at by AC Dodd at the tech tent.

final site map

Dont forget to visit the Cornish Mini Club Merchandise stand that will be open both days selling a great selection of Riviera Run branded items at great prices from Keyrings to T-shirts, Stickers, Riviera Run bags and much more!

The Riviera Run Sunday Cruise has been approved by the Cornish Mini Club members who gave it a good test in some pretty poor weather last weekend and its a cracking route this year so don’t forget to fuel up your Mini before you enter the showground on Sunday so your ready to go. Heres are a few pics of the test crew at Pentewan Sands last weekend.

On the Subject of fuel for your Mini the local petrol station ‘The Mill Garage’ is just next door to Pentewan Sands and is well prepared for the Riviera Run,  they have plenty of fuel and plenty of great offers for when you want some snacks/food or drink for in your Caravans and tents then these guys are open from 8am-8pm Monday-Saturday and open 9am-6pm on Sunday so you havent got to go far to get what you need. For those wanting supermarkets then head back down the road to St Austell and there are plenty of options for you there.

The Mill Garage

Dont Forget it’s not too late to sling your tent and sleeping bag in you mini and book your camping or touring pitches on site at Pentewan Sands for less than £9 a night including your weekend entertainment, show guide and show entrance for both days (example price based on 3 adults on one pitch for 2 nights stay with electric hookup £53.80) so what are you waiting for click the link and book today as this years show is one not to miss! http://www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk/booking-details.html

Finally if you’re coming down on the Friday try not to miss the Unnofficial Riviera Run Down To Pentewan Sands lead by Steve Hankins it will start at Gordano Services on the M5 leaving there at 10am it will then stop at Taunton Dean Services at 12midday before moving on to Exeter Services for 1pm where you will be met by members and minis from the Cornish Mini Club leading the convoy the rest of the way down through Cornwall stopping off at the A30 Roche Services at 3pm before the final stretch on to Pentewan Sands arriving at 4pm. We look forward to seeing you all there and our final blog post prior to the Riviera Run 2017 will be released on Thursday 11th May so look out for this next week before you hit the road!

please read all of our other blog posts to make sure you haven’t missed anything over the last month of updates and read our FAQ page on our website for some answers to your questions!

Please continue to like and share the Riviera Run 2017 posts on Facebook and follow our page, share our Blog, website (www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk), Twitter page and help us to make this our biggest show year ever!

Only 2 weeks until it begins don’t miss out on Riviera Run 2017!

Riviera Run

This weekend the Cornish Mini Club members will be out in force testing out the route for this years Sunday Cruise to make sure its spot on for all you Sunday Drivers. The Sunday Cruise is a long running tradition for the Riviera Run and it allows the Cornish Mini Club to show off some of the counties best roads and amazing views while sharing the love of our cars with the local communities we pass through on the drive. Don’t forget to fuel up your minis ready for the drive out on Sunday afternoon as it will last around 2-3 hours.

There is so much to see and do at this years Riviera Run don’t forget the essentials like your Fancy Dress costumes! Judging for the best fancy dress will be done on Saturday night in the Seahorse Centre where we have a fantastic line up of evening entertainment each night and an awesome Queen Tribute Band playing live on Saturday night. Whether your coming as a couple, a family, group of friends or as a club there are always some fantastic fancy dress themes that surprise and impress us each year and we cant wait to see what you bring this year!

This week we have had confirmation that the local Fire Brigade will now be attending the show ground both days and bringing a Fire Engine as part of there Safer Roads Awareness campaign so its a great chance for the kids to get up close with the crew and the Fire Engine at the same time as a reminder to us all that we aim to have a fun but safe weekend event so please drive carefully on and off the site.

The Holiday Homes/Static Caravans are all now sold out at Pentewan Sands for this years Riviera Run show weekend. However there is still plenty of space on the site for Camping and Touring Caravans each with there own pitches allowing you to park your minis alongside your tents and many of these pitches come with electric hook-up and include use of the onsite facilities as well as your weekend show entrance so please book up today via the website to be able to pick your pitch location today. http://www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk/booking-details.html

If you are still desperate to stay in a Static Caravan rather than a tent then there are other local sites that can accommodate you for the weekend with places like ‘Sun Valley’ just across the road that is dog friendly and still has Static Caravan vacancies, however please be aware that if you are not staying on Pentewan Sands site then you will still need to pay to enter the show each day.

please read all of our other blog posts to make sure you haven’t missed anything over the last month of updates and read our FAQ page on our website for some answers to your questions!

Please continue to like and share the Riviera Run 2017 posts on Facebook and follow our page, share our Blog, website (www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk), Twitter page and help us to make this our biggest show year ever!

3 Weeks until Riviera Run 2017! Here are all the latest updates…

With just 3 weeks left to go there is only 1 Static Caravan left available at Pentewan Sands, the site is still taking bookings through the website for Camping & Touring Pitches with or without electric hook up and all those staying on site overnight be it camping or in a static caravans will receive free entrance to the show area, daytime and evening entertainment and the onsite facilities so its well worth booking to stay with us!

If you have a dog and intend to bring it with you please remember that dogs are not allowed on any part of Pentewan Sands site, if you are looking for a dog friendly site to stay on near by then the Sun Valley site across the road does allow dogs in certain static caravans and their booking details are also on our website. Please also take note that if you are not staying on the Pentewan Sands site then you will have to pay £5 per car, per day to get into the show each day.


Dont forget to bring plenty of cash with you for the weekend as there is no cash point on site, the bars and restaurants do all accept card payments however the traders in the show ground will be operating on cash only trade, the nearest cash points are in St Austell a 5 minute drive down the road.

Dont forget we have the Legendary Mr AC Dodd running our first ever Tech/Tune-Up Tent both days at this years show and he will be bringing with him some of his Advanced Curve distributers and offering his services to set them up while fitting them to your car while you wait. AC Dodd has a massive amount of experience in dealing with Mini A series engines and has been building them for the likes of Slarks Race Engineering for many years so please feel free to pop into his tent for a chat or some advise or to get your car setup and running at its best!

We have so much great entertainment during the day in the showground and at night in the Seahorse Centre with fun for all the family. Weather permitting Bounce Around South West will be setting up a bouncy castle each day at the show and Smiths Amusements will be running various fairground style stalls to keep kids and adults entertained throughout the weekend and don’t forget all the on site free activities being put on by Pentewan Sands including animal encounters with Wingz Bird & Animal sanctuary and the likes of Spangles the clown entertaining the kids in the Seahourse Centre throughout the day on Saturday and the amazing Queen Tribute Band playing live on Saturday night. Then of course there is the Display by the RNLI down on the beach on Sunday, with the local Lifeboat and crew…. this is one weekend not to be missed!!!


Dont forget that we have an auto jumble area so you can bring your garage/shed load of spares to sell from there (the Site will only allow you to sell your spares from the auto jumble area not outside of the show area please) and we have an area for minis for sale. If you wish to sell your mini (bring a printed up sign with all your minis details, your price and your contact number on it to put in the window of your car) and you want to trade your auto jumble then please arrive in the show ground by 10am each day and report to the Event Stewards at the show ground and they will show you where to park your mini for sale or where to trade from.


If you arrive at the show either day in a mini or a MINI before 11am or if you are staying on site you will be allowed to park your mini/MINI in the Show Area each day. Please make sure your car is moved into the show area between 9am-11am as we don’t want vehicles moving in and out of the show area all day due to the number of visitors that are going to be on foot in that area. All non minis will be directed to day visitor parking by Stewards on the gate.

Please continue to like and share the Riviera Run 2017 posts on Facebook and follow our page, share our Blog, website (www.cmcrivierarun.co.uk), Twitter page and help us to make this our biggest show year ever!