Cavalcade of vehicles to celebrate Bay to Birdwood in September

Bay to Birdwood also celebrates 60th anniversary for the iconic mini cooper. Photo: supplied
Bay to Birdwood also celebrates 60th anniversary for the iconic mini cooper. Photo: supplied

The return of SA's annual and iconic motoring event next month will see motoring enthusiasts washing, polishing and buffing their magnificent machines.

The Bay to Birdwood, renowned as one of the world's greatest motoring events, falls Sunday, September 29, and will celebrate its 39th year.

This year's event will feature classic and early modern motorcars, motorcycles, and commercial vehicles.

Entries are currently open to vehicles manufactured from January 1, 1956 to December 31, 1986, with pre-entries closing Monday, August 19.

The largest continually held motoring event for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles anywhere in the world, will this year further celebrate the 60th anniversary for the iconic mini cooper.

Festivities begin at Barratt Reserve, West Beach, and following on from the success of 2018 there will also be an alternate start at Civic Park, Tea Tree Gully, for entrants wanting a shorter route.

Thousands of spectators and entrants will be able to wander the rows of vehicles, mingling and chatting with the citizen collectors while enjoying a breakfast to fuel them for the day ahead.

Spectators can then wave off the vehicles as they depart on their journey to Birdwood.

This year's route finds the vehicles winding their way along Anzac Highway up Greenhill, Fullarton and then North East Road through the townships of Tea Tree Gully, Inglewood, Gumeracha and on to Birdwood.

The vehicles will end their journey at the National Motor Museum with a day's event targeted at the family, involving live music, fashions in the field competition judging the best dressed in the era, regional food vendors, children's entertainment, and the judging of the Concours d'Elegance and Preservation awards.

The Concours d'Elegance award is the most prestigious trophy presented at The Bay to Birdwood.

Since its creation in 1980, it has been won by some of the finest historic vehicles in Australia, with finalists not only being judged on their vehicle but also how closely their dress represents the era of their vehicle.