The traditional Bay to Birdwood start is held at Barratt Reserve, West Beach Parks. For 2018 a second start has been introduced beginning from Civic Park, Modbury. The second start is optional for pre-1919 and military vehicles only.
It is an early start for enthusiasts – vehicles arrive from 6 am, but the excitement builds as more vehicles gather and ready themselves for the ceremonial start of the Bay to Birdwood. Spectators are able to meander the rows of vehicles and mingles with the citizen collector owners. Many of the vehicles are lined up in special interest groups.
A variety of breakfasts are provided by community groups and local vendors at the start ahead of vehicles being flagged off at 8.30 am. It takes at least two hours for all vehicles to exit.