Bay to Birdwood | Celebrating 40 Years | 27 Sep 2020

Bay to Birdwood 2020

The Bay to Birdwood is the largest, continually held motoring event for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles held anywhere in the world.  The 2020 Bay to Birdwood will take place as planned on Sunday 27 September 2020.

The go-ahead for the event has been dependent on SA Health approving their COVID-19 Management Plan – a document that outlines the many safeguards they are putting in place to make sure that the event can proceed in a COVIDSafe manner.

Some modifications have to be made to this event and the changes will protect the safety of the event team, participants and the wider SA community, and means that the 2020 Bay to Birdwood is going to be a very unique event.

While some popular elements of the event will not be able to take place this year, they feel that they have managed to hold onto the essence of one of the world’s great historic motoring events and in some respects added some exciting aspects.


The event will run along the 72km route as usual (route map below and 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.

Keeping everyone safe is important so the event will start earlier than normal with the classics departing from 7.30am followed by veteran and vintage vehicles departing later. 


Celebrating the 40th anniversary in a unique way this year by giving the Bay to Birdwood the widest audience it has ever had and providing a COVIDSafe alternative to gathering en masse along the route, they will be streaming live the parade of historic motoring with the live-stream accessible from anywhere in the world via their digital platforms. The judging and presentation of the awards will also be available online.

Sadly this year they are likely to see the lowest participation from outside of South Australia in the event’s history as travel restrictions remain in place for entry into South Australia. Conditions can change and they ask that you check the SA Health Travel Restrictions website as well as your own jurisdiction’s travel advice for the latest information.

As one of the first major events to take place in South Australia this side of the COVID19 outbreak, they know they have a big responsibility to deliver a safe event.  While it’s not the 40th anniversary celebration they were hoping for, they’re still very excited to be able to offer a modified celebration. 

As they continue to plan for the 27 September event, they will keep you informed along the way with regular updates on Facebook and the Bay to Birdwood website.


As part of the COVIDSafe Management Plan currently under review by SA Health, the 2020 Bay to Birdwood Finish event format has been altered significantly and will not feature any entertainment or catering.

The Finish event this year will be for registered entrants only, and spectators will not be permitted at the National Motor Museum, which will remain closed for the duration of the event. This doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the spectactle, as the Bay to Birdwood will be live streamed.


Rather than inviting entrants to congregate at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, they are encouraging everyone to explore the Adelaide Hills parks, cafes, wineries, restaurants, pubs and other attractions.

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, they 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 economy. More details will be available closer to the date.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Bay to Birdwood website.

What:  Bay to Birdwood – Celebrating 40 years

When:    Sunday 27 September 2020 | Vehicles departing from 7.30am

Where:  Start: Barratt Reserve, West Beach Parks | Finish: National Motor Museum in Birdwood (LIVE STREAMED EVENT)

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Bay to Birdwood website


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