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FAQ’s – Show and Load-In Information

The St. Petersburg Motor Classic Show is held in beautiful North Straub Park along the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. The show, in its 22nd year, is organized by the St Petersburg Yacht Club, with a dedicated show committee and volunteers from both Club members and interested members of the public.

The show, which is free to the for spectators, is open to both Club Members and non-members, and features a carefully curated selection of 350+ vehicles from the 1880’s through today. There is something for every motoring taste, from antiques and classics through modern exotics, and even boats or motorcycles.

There are 25 classes covering every era of motoring, each judged by a “People’s Choice” metric. Additionally, a Best of Show is awarded.

The St. Petersburg Motor Classic is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization that supports and donates proceeds from the event to local charities, to assist them in their amazing efforts.

General Information:

  • We have classes for all ages and variants of vehicles, with a focus on pre-1980. However, 1981 and later vehicles do have their own groups will maximum number of entries that are allowed Please see Classes for details.
  • Advanced registration assures a spot, expedites parking and helps avoid the “wait at the Gate” lines.
  • Have a picture of your vehicle to upload with your registration. A picture of the exterior ¾ front facing view is best, and it should not exceed 5 meg in size. JPGS, PNG or PDF file type.
  • Gates are open to park show vehicles between 8:00 and 10:00 am. As per City Rules no vehicles can be admitted to the park after 10:00 am. 
  • No vehicles may move on the lawn until 4pm (or earlier if the show has been declared closed) and the public has exited the park as per the City of St Petersburg and Police rules.
  • Day of show registration will ONLY be available if space is available.
  • Day of show entries are not guaranteed to be with their group.
  • Organizer reserves the right to combine or delete certain groups if there are insufficient entries.
  • Special interest group #220 to include Replicas, Trucks, Busses and Race Cars.
  • Organizer reserves the right to refuse entry.
  • Entry will be closed once the show field lawn has reached capacity.
  • FOR SALE signs may not be displayed on any vehicles unless approved prior to the show, and payment of a sales fee of $ 100 in addition to the entrance fee (payable on day of show at entrance).
  • If you wish to pre-approve your vehicle registration and assignment, contact Andy Evans.
  • Other questions- contact Andy Evans, or 727-488-0584.

Load-in Information:

  • 8:00 – 10:00am. All Vehicles must load in between 8:00 and 10:00 am. (As per City Rules no entry will be allowed after 10:00am).
  • All vehicles must enter via the corner of SE Central Avenue and Bayshore Drive NE. Turning North there are lanes of both Pre-Registered and Day of Show entrants (see Map below).

Early Load-in – Sponsors and Special Classes:

  • All Sponsors should begin load-in at 7:30am and have their display set by 10:00am.
  • Earlier load-in is available by arrangement with the Organizers, only if the field is set. 
  •  Registered Vehicles may be allowed early load-in to the field if the Organizers have completed the field set up and closure to the public. Registered vehicles may be required to temporarily park on Bayshore until the field opens to entrants.
Trailer Parking:
  • Vehicles that arrive on a trailer should unload at Al Lang Parking Lot, one block south of the Yacht Club. Trailers and tow vehicles must be parked at Al Lang Parking lot or alternative sites. Trailers or tow vehicles should not enter the registered vehicle line unless directed to do so. Please contact the show organizers and Field Director for any special arrangements.

Show Load-in Maps

Please note that 1st Avenue South will be closed for a 5k race. I-375 is the preferred route into the city on the morning of the show.

Show Entry Detail