The Bay to Birdwood is the largest, continually held motoring event for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles held anywhere in the world. It is an event that truly has no age limit, boasting a reach across a broad demographic.

With a history spanning back to 1980 the Bay to Birdwood is one of the strongest and most loved brands in South Australia.

The Bay to Birdwood consists of two events run alternative years – the Run and the Classic.

The Classic is an event for cars manufactured between 1 January 1956 to 31 December 1981. This event is run in ‘odd’ numbered years ie. 2019, 2021, 2023 etc…

The Run is an event for cars manufactured up to to 31 December 1959. This event is run in ‘even’ numbered years ie. 2018, 2020, 2022, etc…

The Bay to Birdwood is a community event – from over 5,000 participants in entrant vehicles – to the hundreds of volunteers – right through to the tens of thousands of spectators lining the 70km route to watch this historic motoring cavalcade as it travels through metropolitan Adelaide and the hills region on its way to its final destination, Birdwood. Here, car enthusiasts and spectators enjoy an afternoon of car displays, entertainment and the very popular judging for the Fashions in the Field. The South Australian community has truly embraced the event with their continued support on the last Sunday in September each year.

Who Organises The Event?

The Bay to Birdwood is organised by the Bay to Birdwood Run Committee Inc, a not-for-profit incorporated association recognising two equal partners: The Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs in SA and the National Motor Museum; branch of the History Trust of South Australia.

The Operations Committee manages the event and is made up of experienced volunteer members from the Federation and staff of the National Motor Museum. Volunteers also have an important role and assist on the day with provision of first aid, fire safety and marshal manpower.

Read more about our People here.

The Bay to Birdwood is proud to have His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, as Patron.