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Dust off the Daimler, shine on the Sunbeam

One of the premier tourism events in Australia roars to life at West Beach tomorrow, as 1,600 classic cars, trucks and motorbikes set off on the 33rd Bay to Birdwood Classic – the largest continually-held event of its type in the world.

They will travel in cavalcade from Barratt Reserve up Anzac Highway, Glen Osmond Rd, Mt Barker Rd, the SE Freeway, and then through the Hills townships to Verdun, Woodside and Mt Torrens to Birdwood.

“I’m hoping many tens of thousands of people line the route and give cars and drivers the applause they deserve,” Shadow Tourism Minister David Ridgway said.

“We’ve got entries from all over Australia and even from Hong Kong.

“Vehicles made between 1956 and 1977 are eligible, and it will be tough to choose a winner.”

Mr Ridgway, who will be one of the Concours judges, said South Australia had the highest rate of historic car and bike ownership of any State.

“This is an important event on the national tourism calendar,” said Mr Ridgway.

“I think there’s a real opportunity for a major corporate sponsor to get behind the event and guarantee its continued success. The Bay to Birdwood Classic will get widespread coverage and draw so many spectators that it guarantees exposure to SA or national companies who back the run.”

Cars will start arriving at the National Motor Museum site about 10.30am. As well as Daimlers and Sunbeams there’ll be other well-known British-built cars like Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Humber and Wolseley, American iron, German limousines, Italian sports cars and, of course, classic Holdens, Falcons and Valiants.

Music, food and entertainment will run throughout the day.

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