More people than ever before will be able to watch the Bay to Birdwood in its 40th year.
For the first time in the event's history, on Sunday 27 September, the parade of historic motoring will be presented via a hosted live stream broadcast.
Fans, enthusiasts and the curious will be able to view the 1,250 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 Streaming Australia will capture the excitement of the day via live cameras, dash cams and drone vision from 8.30am online and the hosted livestream broadcast will be televised on Channel 44 in Adelaide from 7pm-10pm on the Sunday evening 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.
Keith Conlon said he 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," Mr Conlon said.
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 that he is proud of the team at the History Trust of South Australia and National Motor Museum in the 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,” Mr Neale said.
Channel 44 Executive Producer and General Manager Lauren Hillman said that it is an honor to be a part of history.
"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," Ms Hillman said.
The Bay to Birdwood is proudly supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service this year – donations can be made by visiting https://royal-flying-doctor-sant.giveeasy.org/bay-to-birdwood
How to View Event:
Live stream of the Bay to Birdwood will commence at approximately 8.30 am ACST on The Advertiser’s www.AdelaideNow.com website, and live simultaneously across the Bay to Birdwood and partners’ Facebook and YouTube pages. More information can be found at www.baytobirdwood.com.au/live-stream
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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