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National Motor Museum 50th Anniversary Picnic at the Mill

Sunday 22 November

Today, this much–loved Adelaide Hills attraction holds the largest public collection of motor vehicles in Australia. Highlights include the historically significant 1899 Shearer Steam Carriage, made in Mannum and the 1963 Zeta manufactured by the South Australian Company Lightburn. A visit to the National Motor Museum is on many an enthusiast’s bucket list. The vehicles evoke memories for thousands of visitors each year and the stories they tell have immense appeal for families, tourists and school groups alike. The Museum is also renowned for its feel-good events which lovers of vintage motoring and fashion would not miss: the annual Rock & Roll Rendezvous and Bay to Birdwood Finish event.

The Museum will stage another important event on Sunday 22 November to commemorate the official opening, celebrate historic motoring and thank the many motoring clubs that have supported the Museum and kept so many special vehicles on the road. The 50th Anniversary Picnic at the Mill will be a fun day out including:

  • Discounted entry fees
  • 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 new display featuring historical photos will tell the story of the Birdwood Mill site and the history of the Museum.

A call for vehicle entries will be sent to Clubs in early September.

ANY HISTORICALLY REGISTERED (or under permit), roadworthy and street legal vehicle can enter.

Entry Fees

$10 per vehicle—covers all legally seated occupants  

*The entry covers all legally seated occupants.


Entry Deadline

Please complete your Entry Form online by Friday 13 November 2015.  Entrants will be posted a vehicle entry number and more event details including directions, arrival times.

On Arrival

Please clearly display your vehicle entrant number on arrival.  Sunshades (including gazebos), umbrellas and canopies are only permitted in designated areas.

Conditions of Entry

For the purpose of these Conditions of Entry, the term ‘vehicles’ shall include all cars, rods and customized vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and scooters.

All entrants are bound by the Conditions of Entry upon submitting an entry form and agree to observe these Conditions of Entry. The Organisers, their officers or agents reserve the right to refuse entry to the Museum to any vehicle which does not comply with the Conditions of Entry, any driver/rider who did not submit an entry form and appropriate fees prior to the event and any vehicle which differs from the information and specification supplied on the official entry form. 

Any entrants conducting themselves in a dangerous manner or in a manner likely to bring this Event and its Organisers into disrepute shall be disqualified immediately.  

All entrants will observe current road laws and speed limits and instructions from marshals.  

The Organisers reserve the right to reject or terminate any entry at any time and/or for any reason. The decision of the judges and Organisers is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

The entrants hereby authorise the Organisers to photograph, film, or reproduce in any medium, the entrants and vehicles used in any aspect of the event for promotional purposes. 

The Entry Form contains an indemnity statement that must be signed by both the owner and driver of every vehicle. 

Refunds will only be available if cancellation is made more than 7 days prior to the event date. A $5 administration fee will be deducted. No entrant is permitted to set a commercial/ trade display or sale site on the grounds of the National Motor Museum without prior written consent from the event Organisers.