Bay to Birdwood revs up for another run

More than 1000 historic vehicles will take part in the Bay to Birdwood next month, following two years of pandemic cancellations and restrictions.

A convoy of vehicles from a range of makes and models will travel from Barratt Reserve at West Beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood on Sunday, October 16.

While last year’s run was cancelled, this event will see the return of crowds, fashion and festivities at the finish line.

Bay to Birdwood chair Michael Neale said you have of thousands of spectators were expected to line the route.

“After the heartbreak of canceling last year, it is a thrill to welcome participants from around Australia to one of the world’s great historic motoring events,” he said.

“The 2022 Bay to Birdwood features a wide array of vehicles that span the breadth of the 20th century, this year including a very unique 1909 Stanley Steamer (one of only three of this type left in the world)”.

Last year’s event was scrapped due to Covid-19 restrictions, while the 2020 run only went ahead in a limited capacity without the after-race festivities.

“One of the great pleasures of the event is that it sees both first time participants and multi-year veterans of the event taking part,” Neale said.

“It celebrates vehicles that have stayed within a single family, those that are barn finds, and those competing in the Concours d’Elegance and Preservation Awards.

This year’s Bay to Birdwood will also see EV converted historic vehicles for the first time – showcasing vintage vehicles with their traditional combustion engines swapped for electric alternatives.

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