Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a cost for spectators?

For folks not entering a vehicle in the event, entry tickets for the Finish at the National Motor Museum are available at the main gate and children (under 15 years) are free of charge. Entry tickets include access to the Museum where over 350 significant historic vehicles are on display. For spectators, car parking can be found along the main street of Birdwood or in any number of the designated car parks set up for the event. Lunch and refreshments are available from a number of caterers and picnics are encouraged. Please be advised that glass and pets are not permitted within the grounds of the Museum.

If I am driving to Birdwood on Sunday (as a spectator to the National Motor Museum), what is the best Route to take?

In order to avoid the entrant traffic heading along the route, we encourage spectators to travel via the South Eastern Freeway and Onkaparinga Scenic Route to Birdwood.

Is the Bay to Birdwood suitable for children?

Absolutely! Remember how you marvelled at motorcars and motorcycles when you were young? This is a wonderful child-friendly event. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and enjoy a wonderful day out at the National Motor Museum in the glorious Adelaide Hills. The Finish event includes children’s entertainment and FREE entry for those under 15 years of age.

What do I need to bring to Birdwood on Sunday?

Spectators are encouraged to bring their camera and dress up in fashions of the era. Sunscreen is a must and although rain is unlikely, it always pays to be prepared. Most importantly, bring your friends, a healthy appetite, have fun and wear a smile! There are food vendors on site, but you can also bring your own picnic and chairs.

I wish to enter my vehicle but not have it judged. What modifications are acceptable?

Common modifications made to enhance the safety of the vehicle (seat belts, child restraints and/or indicators) are acceptable.  Other modifications  (mag wheels, disc brakes, engine swaps) may be permitted but should first be discussed with Chief Scrutineer Matt Lombard – (08) 8568 4009 or baytobirdwood@history.sa.gov.auPlease keep in mind that scrutineering vehicles based on photographs alone is very difficult and we rely on your honesty in disclosing modifications.

I wish to enter my vehicle in the CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE category. What modifications are acceptable?

Common modifications made to enhance the safety of the vehicle (seat belts, child restraints and/or indicators) are permitted. In addition the following modifications are acceptable:-

Rims

May be changed to mag wheels provided they were either a factory option or were available at the time of the vehicle’s production date.

May be changed from standard size style rims to widened provided this is done to period tastes.

May have a slight increase in rim diameter if you have changed from drum to disc brakes.

Engines

You may change engines for a matching or similar engine (eg a Holden ‘Grey motor’ for a Holden ‘Red motor’).  You may also change engine configurations (eg L6 to V8) provided it was a factory option at the time of the vehicle’s production.

Interior

You may change the interior of your vehicle to one of similar style and age-appropriate colours (eg velour to leather or leather to vinyl).

Contact Chief Scrutineer Matt Lombard – (08) 8568 4009 or baytobirdwood@history.sa.gov.au if clarification is required. Please keep in mind that scrutineering vehicles based on photographs alone is very difficult and we rely on your honesty in disclosing modifications.

I wish to enter my vehicle in the PRESERVATION category. What modifications are acceptable?

The Preservation award is reserved for vehicles that are largely unaltered from original delivery.   Non-original paint, non-matching engines and re-trimmed interiors will exclude your vehicle from eligibility.  Common modifications made to enhance the safety of the vehicle (seat belts, child restraints and/or indicators) are acceptable. Other modifications that may be permitted (mag wheels, disc brakes, engine swaps) should be discussed with Chief Scrutineer Matt Lombard – (08) 8568 4009 or baytobirdwood@history.sa.gov.auPlease keep in mind that scrutineering vehicles based on photographs alone is very difficult and we rely on your honesty in disclosing modifications.