The Bay to Birdwood Run was first held in 1980. The next run is on Sunday 29th September 2019. Traditionally, the “Run” started on Wigley Reserve and along Colley Terrace, opposite the Ensenada Motor Inn and Suites (formerly Best Western Adelaide). As numbers grew, the Start was moved to West Beach Reserve, just north of Glenelg.
The original concept was a biennial run for pre-1950 vehicles from Glenelg (fondly known as "the Bay") to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. The Run has established itself as Australia's premier historic motoring event and has earned Australia wide recognition. The Run is the largest most continually staged historic motoring event held anywhere in the world. Vehicles must be pre-1956 and meet entry criteria. Australia, because of the survival rate of old vehicles, has become internationally recognised as one of the world's major storehouses of historic vehicles. South Australia has the highest per capita rate of ownership of historic vehicles in the nation. The advantage of having the National Motor Museum here in the Adelaide Hills, along with a well-established restoration regime, has resulted in the preservation of historic vehicles becoming an important part of the South Australian culture.
In 1986, range of motoring and social activities was introduced around the Run under the title of the Motorfest. 2003 saw the inaugural Cruising Classics with a format similar to that of the established Motorfest. An eight day fun program for the motoring enthusiast saw this new addition entrench itself as a "must do" in the Bay to Birdwood Classic Run years. It's just simply Classic entertainment for everyone to enjoy! The Bay to Birdwood Run and Classic are proven community festivals. This annual event has now firmly established itself as an icon major event for both entrants and spectators alike. One of the world's great motoring spectacles.