The Bay to Birdwood is the world's largest and longest continuously running event for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles in the world. For nearly 40 years, Adelaide families have been gathering alongside the road on their camp chairs with their eskies by their side to watch this parade of classic cars, motorbikes, vans and trucks roll by. Some vehicles are elegant, some are quirky and there's always some kind of vehicle you've never seen before.
For many others, the Bay to Birdwood is actually three events in one. The Bay to Birdwood start by the beach with breakfast, the route through the city to the hills and the finish party at the National Motor Museum.
Head to Barratt Reserve at West Beach for breakfast and watch the vehicles gather before the send-off at 8.30 am. You can wander among the rows of vehicles and mingle with the owners and find the vehicles gathered by group.
The route follows Tapleys Hill Road to Anzac Highway, skirts around the eastern side of the city via Greenhill and Fullarton Roads to Hackney Road and then follows North East Road into the hills to Birdwood. With a route like this, there are plenty of excellent viewing opportunities all around the city. Spectators tip: There will be an alternate start and rest stop for the vehicles at Civic Park in Modbury. Check the map here.
The National Motor Museum will open at 10am as the first vehicles begin to arrive at the finish line. There'll be plenty of vehicles on display in addition to the museum's renowned collection. You can again wander among them, watch the Concours D'Elegance and admire the participants dressed in the fashions of the era as you enjoy the classic music of the time at the main stage. There'll be plenty of local food and wine along with activities for families and kids. Watch the cars go by and head up to Birdwood and make a day of it! Entry fees apply, all the details are here.