Revving up for Bay to Birdwood

Tribute will be paid to the golden era of the automotive industry this weekend with the world’s largest continually-held motoring event for classic, veteran and vintage vehicles – the Bay to Birdwood.


Up to 1,000 entrants will parade their vehicles in front of an anticipated 60,000 spectators who will line the route from West Beach to Birdwood.

The event starts at Barratt Reserve, West Beach Parks, where spectators can inspect rows of much-loved vehicles. The finish-line event celebrations at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood are expected to attract around 6,000 people.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, said it’s great to see local motorsport enthusiasts and the wider community getting out to support the annual rally.

“The Bay to Birdwood is always full of fun and generates great community spirit,” said Minister Ridgway.

“Winding through the picturesque Adelaide Hills, the route provides classic car enthusiasts with plenty of opportunities to see and experience our world-class vineyards, cellar doors, and restaurants.”

A new addition to the event this year is a second start at civic park, Modbury. This optional start is for vehicles manufactured up to December 1959.

South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex said the Bay to Birdwood is a wonderful opportunity to be part of the world’s largest automotive nostalgia festival.  

“This event has built a strong reputation within the local community, attracting huge crowds,” said Mr Harrex.”

“Supporting regional events like the Bay to Birdwood is part of the SATC’s long-term strategy to increase tourism across the state and to keeping our regional economies vibrant.”

“Our regional businesses and families rely heavily on a thriving tourism industry, receiving 41 per cent of the total $6.7 billion in visitor expenditure – so I encourage everyone to get out there and support regional SA”.

The Bay to Birdwood will take place on Sunday 30 September 2018. For more information, visit

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