2020 Bay to Birdwood 40th anniversary

One of the world’s great historic motoring events!

To acknowledge the 40 anniversary milestone, the 2020 Bay to Birdwood will be a celebration of all decades of motoring history. The special 40th anniversary 2020 Bay to Birdwood will involve antique, veteran, vintage and post-war/early-classic, classic, post-classic and modern vehicles: an event celebrating every decade of historic motoring.

This year’s event is following a COVID-modified program but in many ways is bigger, better and more accessible than ever, as we will be live-streaming the event! We’re excited that this Bay to Birdwood will be available to the largest and most international audience we have ever had.

Please be aware that the National Motor Museum will not be open to visitors, including Bay to Birdwood spectators, until 2pm on Sunday 27 September.

Spectators who wish to view the parade of historic motoring are encouraged to watch the live stream from home, or if watching along the route, adhere to our COVIDSafe Guidelines.

The following is a general guide to how the Bay to Birdwood will look this year.


The event will run along the 72km route as usual (route map available here), however the start and finish sites will not be open to members of the public this year. Only participants, their vehicle passengers, event staff and pre-approved media/authorised persons will be allowed on site at both the start at Barrett Reserve, West Beach and finish at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood.


Our start and finish events will be modified and we will not be holding the alternative start at Civic Park in Modbury this year. All participant vehicles will depart from Barratt Reserve, West Beach at staggered start times. Both the start and finish events will be for registered participants only with no spectators allowed at the start and finish event locations.


We know how much our participants enjoy driving through the beautiful Adelaide Hills. This year, our finish event at the National Motor Museum will not include entertainment or catering. Instead, we’d like participants to explore the Adelaide Hills parks, cafes, wineries, restaurants, pubs and other attractions.

We’re working closely with Adelaide Hills Tourism to create some tips and suggestions so you can show support to those businesses in the Hills who have been impacted by the Cudlee Creek Bushfires and now COVID-19. We hope you will explore with your fabulous vehicles and fashions of the era the great offerings in the Hills and provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.


Judging of the prestigious Bay to Birdwood Concours d’Elegance and the Preservation Award will take place on Saturday 26 September at the Torrens Parade Ground in Adelaide. The eighty-plus vehicles and period-correct attire of the accompanying entrants will be inspected and scored by our specialist judges during the day with the winners being announced by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia online during the week and only after the vehicles and owners have fully completed the Bay to Birdwood, of course!


We know that many of our interstate entrants may not be able to join us this year. We will miss you but we hope to see you back in future years.


The Bay to Birdwood is enjoyed by the many thousands who line the route each year. To keep everyone COVIDSafe we will be livestreaming this year’s event, encouraging people to watch the event from the comfort of their screens.

Where you can watch the Bay to Birdwood live stream

Join us on Advertiser.com.au for all the action, including archival footage from 40 years of Bay to Birdwood fun  along with interviews and commentary from special guests and motoring experts and enthusiasts, from 8.30am Sunday 27 September. 

You can also watch the live stream on the Bay to Birdwood Facebook page and our partner social media channels including National Motor Museum, Channel 44, Visit Adelaide Hills and the History Trust of South Australia.

There will also be a same day delayed broadcast in South Australia from 7.00pm-10pm on Channel 44 (free to air and online) and a full replay of the event on Saturday 3 October at 10am AEST on Channel 31 in Melbourne and Geelong, and Channel 44 in Adelaide from 10am AEST.


As we continue to plan for our 27 September event, we will keep you informed along the way with regular updates. In the meantime, please follow us on Facebook and visit the Bay to Birdwood website or email us at BaytoBirdwood@history.sa.gov.au and read our FAQs for more information.

Visit the Bay to Birdwood website for further details.



Get the whole family involved while watching this year’s live streamed event with our Bay to Birdwood activity sheet. You can earn a one-hour stamp in your Passport to Learning by completing this task, or just do it for fun! Identify the car logos, search for classic car features and draw your favourite hood ornament- there are some fun questions to keep the kids engaged during the Bay to Birdwood.

Download your sheet here