Adelaide's Bay to Birdwood Classic
23rd September, 2009
Preparations are well and truly underway for one of the world’s largest
annual historic motoring event… the famous Bay to Birdwood Classic, which will be held on Sunday 27th September
Although considerably smaller than America's annual Woodward Dream Cruise, over 1,750 classic cars, motorcycles and
commercial vehicles manufactured from 1st January 1956 until 31st December 1977 have entered this year's event.
Participants will arrive in Adelaide throughout this week from across the Australia.
Vehicle entrants are likely to be busy fine-tuning their beloved vehicles’ motors, buffing paint work, or
making adjustments to their retro costumes all through this week.
Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to line the route to watch the cars, buses, trucks and motor cycles
travel from Barratt Reserve, Adelaide Shores, to the post-event party at the renowned National Motor Museum in the
Adelaide Hills town of Birdwood.
Several thousand people are then expected at the after-party to see the vehicles and fashions up close.
Entertainment will include live bands such as Scot Robin’s nationally acclaimed “Buddy’s Back” show – a tribute to the
late and great Buddy Holly and Adelaide favourite rock & roll band, “Getback”, performing the great music from the
1950s and 60s. There will be free kids’ entertainment including craft activities, twisted balloons and giveaways, all
from 10am – 5pm. Tickets to the party also include entry into the National Motor Museum - $15 adults, $10 concession
and kids under 15 free.
Those joining the party at the Museum are asked to travel along the South-Eastern Freeway. Take the Hahndorf exit
and follow the signs to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. This reduces traffic congestion along the event route
which is two way and speed reduced and doesn’t jeopardise the ambience of the event by having too many current
vehicles among the classic entrants.
Kym Hulme, the event’s Chairman said, “This is a truly iconic South Australian event that attracts enthusiasts
from all over Australia to show off their original vehicles. It’s a fantastic family day with the opportunity to see
the cars at the start and en-route to the National Motor Museum. There is no greater spectacle than more than 1,700
classic cars parked across the magnificent Museum grounds for the finish-line party. So if you have not entered a
vehicle make sure you get along to enjoy the atmosphere!”
Generations of South Australians have jostled for the best spots along the route to watch this exciting event.
Since starting in 1980, the event has established itself as Australia's premier historic motoring event and has
earned international recognition.