The National Motor Museum at Birdwood lies approximately 45 kilometres due east of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty Ranges. The museum is considered to be one of Australia's most important collections of vintage, veteran and classic motorcars and motor cycles, and is comprised of over 400 vehicles. Established in 1964 in what is called the ‘Old Mill’ by Jack Kaines and Len Vigar, the museum was purchased by the South Australian Government in 1976 and is today housed in a large modern complex. The National Motor Museum is recognised as an international centre for the collection, research, preservation, education and display of Australian road transport history, and begins its story with the 1899 Shearer, the oldest Australian built vehicle still running. The museum enables visitors the opportunity to discover their motoring heritage and reflects the social history and changes we have grown through to the present day when transport is a major part of our way of life.
The museum hosts special events each year including the biennial Bay to Birdwood Run which is completed by excellent examples of veteran, vintage and early classic vehicles; and the biennial Bay to Birdwood Classic which is completed by vehicles manufactured between January 1956 and December 1977. The motor vehicles follow a route from Glenelg past the city and through the hills to finish at the museum where a festival is held. The museum also hosts the Rock and Roll Rendezvous which begins with a cruise from Adelaide to Birdwood by vehicles from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and includes live music, dancing and period clothing.