Bay to Birdwood celebrates 40th anniversary with inaugural live stream • Glam Adelaide

Bay to Birdwood celebrates 40th anniversary with inaugural live stream

The Bay to Birdwood, one of the world’s great historic motoring events, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this September.


The Bay to Birdwood, one of the world’s great historic motoring events, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Sunday 27 September.

This year, more people than ever before will be able to watch the Bay to Birdwood as the parade of historic motoring is presented via a hosted live stream broadcast for the first time in the event’s history. The live stream will be accessible from anywhere in the world via various digital platforms.

Fans, enthusiasts and the curious will be able to view the 1250 vintage, veteran and classic historic vehicles from all decades as they make their way along the 72 kilometre route from West Beach to the National Motor Museum in the Adelaide Hills. Other event highlights over the weekend include the judging (Saturday 26) and presentation (Monday 28) of the Concours d’Elegance and Preservation awards.

Channel 44, in collaboration with Live Stream Australia will capture the excitement of the day via live cameras, dash cams and drone vision which will be streamed from 8.30am via various partnered social media platforms and pages, including Bay to Birdwood, Channel 44, National Motor Museum, History Trust and Visit Adelaide Hills plus more to be announced. The hosted livestream broadcast will also be televised on Channel 44 in Adelaide from 7pm-10pm on the Sunday evening of the event and a delayed telecast is also planned on Channel 31, Melbourne and Geelong in the week after the event.

The live stream will be anchored by veteran South Australian broadcaster and avid historian Keith Conlon, who will be joined by co-hosts The Adelaide Show’s Steve Davis, and author and columnist Lainie Anderson, plus special guests throughout the broadcast including: media personality Jane Reilly; and former Lord Mayor of Adelaide and CE of Business SA, historic motoring enthusiast Martin Haese and many more.

Keith Conlon is excited to bring together his love of heritage, history and broadcasting, “It’s not just the nuts and bolts and how many cylinders a car has, it is really about the character of the event, personalities and the whole tradition. It’s a lovely event to celebrate and be able to push out to the world.”

The hosted live stream broadcast will celebrate the event’s 40th anniversary with rarely seen footage of the very first Bay to Birdwood from 1980 and pre-recorded interviews with event identities, organisers and a selection of citizen-collectors participating in the event. There will also be live crosses to participants in vehicles, live drone coverage following the route as well as messages from interstate and overseas enthusiasts who are unable to make it to the event due to COVID19 restrictions.

Chair of Bay to Birdwood Michael Neale said “I’m immensely proud of the team at the History Trust of South Australia and National Motor Museum in this innovative response to delivering a COVID Smart event this year. We know how important the Bay to Birdwood is, not only to the historic motoring community across Australia, but to South Australians everywhere. We can’t wait to showcase our state, our people and our historic motoring community to the globe through our first ever live stream.”

Channel 44 Executive Producer and General Manager Lauren Hillman said “It is an honour to be producing the inaugural live stream of the Bay to Birdwood in its 40th anniversary year. This is by far the biggest live stream produced by Channel 44, in collaboration with Live Streaming Australia and we are extremely excited to showcase the stories and the people behind this well loved iconic SA event, including a special interview with veteran flag waiver Glen Dix.”

The Bay to Birdwood is proudly supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service this year – donations can be made by visiting


Live stream of the Bay to Birdwood will commence at approximately 8.30 am ACST, live on the Bay to Birdwood and partners’ Facebook and YouTube pages. More information can be found at

Same day delayed broadcast in South Australia at primetime from 7.00pm-10pm on Channel 44 free to air and online. Delayed broadcast in Melbourne in the week following the event – details TBC. 

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