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Bay to Birdwood Back with New EV Category


Beloved annual event, the Bay to Birdwood, is returning on 16 October with a new category.

While enthusiasts, fans and followers missed out last year when the event was cancelled due to COVID, it is back in full this year with tens of thousands of spectators expected to line the route from West Beach through to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, to view the passing parade of historic vehicles.

Chair Michael Neale has announced as a world-first, this year the event will welcome electric converted historic vehicles.

“The Bay to Birdwood is not a commemoration of any one period of historic motoring; rather, we celebrate the history of motoring as a whole. History is not static. Many people around the world and throughout Australia are currently undertaking EV conversions of their historic vehicles. It is a growing part of the history of historic motoring,” Michael Neale said.

"Taking leadership towards carbon neutrality ensures future generations will be able to enjoy the event.”

An award will be given on the day to the owner of the most aesthetically sympathetic EV conversion.

Event organisers want e-converted vehicles to maintain as much of the historic integrity as possible and are working with History Trust curators to develop the parameters.

Since 1980, the annual event has been a fixture of the South Australian cultural calendar. Participants from across Australia and worldwide join in to showcase their historic vehicles, including antique, veteran, vintage, post-war/early-classic, classic, post-classic and modern classics.

Vehicle entries for this year’s Bay to Birdwood are close to capacity with many participants rolling over their entry from last year to this year. 

For Further information: https://baytobirdwood.history.sa.gov.au

Hear Chair Michael Neale talk to Jennie Lenman about the announcement in the play window below:

Photo of Anna and Dominic from Finesse Models wearing ‘A Star is Worn’ next to an EV, supplied National Motor Museum in Birdwood