The National Motor Museum at Birdwood holds a special place in the hearts of many South Australians. This year it turns 50 and the museum is inviting all its supporters to a special picnic to celebrate.

Originally established by motoring enthusiasts Jack Kaines and Len Vigar in the landmark Old Birdwood Mill, the Museum was opened by then Leader of the Opposition and former long-serving premier, Sir Thomas Playford on 20 November 1965. Eventually it outgrew the old mill and in 1976 was acquired by the State Government to preserve the collection for the people of South Australia. It was renamed the National Motor Museum in 1984.

Today, this popular Adelaide Hills attraction holds the largest collection of motor vehicles in Australia. Amongst many important vehicles are the much-prized and historically significant Shearer Steam Carriage, built in 1899, and the 1963 Zeta manufactured by the South Australian Company Lightburn.

A visit to the National Motor Museum is on all motoring enthusiastsbucket list. The vehicles evoke memories for thousands of visitors each year and the stories they tell have immense appeal for families and tourists alike. The Museum is also renowned for its major annual events which lovers of vintage motoring and fashion would not miss – the Rock & Roll Rendezvous and Bay to Birdwood.

The Museum will stage another important event , a 50th Birthday Picnic at the Mill , on Sunday 22 November to commemorate the official opening, celebrate historic motoring and thank the many motoring clubs that have supported the Museum over the years.

Attractions will include:

  Up to 400 vehicles on the grounds, including cars, motorcycles, vans and buses

Special displays of Gold and 1965 vehicles

1960s live music, old style picnic games, kids activities and food vans

A photographic exhibition telling the story of the Birdwood Mill and the Museum

Put the date in your diaries now and come along and join us on the day. Let’s make it the biggest picnic in the Adelaide Hills ever!

th Birthday Picnic at the Mill: National Motor Museum, Birdwood
Sunday 22 November
National Motor Museum, Shannon St, Birdwood
$5 for adults & concession, Children 15 years and under FREE