Do you know of the Bay to Birdwood run held in Adelaide, South Australia every year? This year was its 30th Anniversary and it is now the largest continually run vintage vehicle event held anywhere in the world. Due to its size the B to B has now split into two runs (pre 1956 and 1956 – 1977) held on consecutive years. The run is always held on the last Sunday in September. This year’s event was a pre 1956 run.
In this year’s run there were approximately 1200 pre 1956 cars, commercials and heavy vehicles and almost 250 pre 1956 motorcycles. [That's an enormous turnout for a road rally! - pd'o]
The press and the B to B website estimate that approximately 100,000 people line the roads of the 70 kilometre journey from the start near Glenelg (The Bay) to the finish at Birdwood. To put that into perspective, 100,000 people is approximately 1/10th the population of Adelaide. In the 70km journey, I could have spent the entire time beeping my horn and waving at kids running along the side of the road, families having picnics or car and motorcycle clubs who had set up pit stops complete with barbies and drinks for anyone who cared to stop.
It really was a fantastic day and I’m busily trying to buy myself a bike that will fit into the post ’56 criteria so I can participate every year from now on. Many of my mates will be in next years run with a ’66 Mustang, a ’66 MGB and an early ‘70’s BSA."