Milton's first Bay to Birdwood a special occasion

Classic: Milton McArthur's 1963 MG 1100. Photo: Supplied.
Classic: Milton McArthur's 1963 MG 1100. Photo: Supplied.

South Australia's annual celebration of motoring history, the Bay to Birdwood, will be extra special this year for Naracoorte's Milton McArthur.

It will mark the first year he has taken part in the ride from Glenelg to Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills.

His first ever appearance in the journey coincided with another milestone - the Bay to Birdwood's 40th anniversary.

Mr McArthur said he was inspired to take part this year given that it was such a significant occasion.

"I had a newer car so I thought I would go in it to do something different," he said.

"(The anniversary) made it a little bit more special and I thought if I was going to make the effort this would be the one."

He will be riding in his 1963 MG 1100 alongside his son and two grandsons.

Morris Garages, commonly referred to as MG, was originally an offshoot of Morris Motors known for models such as the Minor, Major and Oxford.

As a result, MG became a sports car manufacturer for it's parent company around the mid 1920s.

An avid fan of MG cars, the 1100 is one of two Mr McArthur owns. The 1100 has only been in his possession for about nine months.

"This one was a little bit more unusual," he said.

"That's why I bought this one, there's not very many of them in Australia and it has got some interesting engineering things in it that made it a bit more interesting to me."

Mr McArthur was a member of the Naracoorte Historic Cars Club and takes the MG 1100 out regularly, participating in local events with fellow members.

He described it as a "great little car" to drive, still driving like a charm after all this time.

However he will not be driving it all the way to Adelaide for the event, instead opting to put it on a trailer as a precaution to avoid any catastrophes along the way.

The opportunity to drive along with other old vehicles and to catch up with some friends Mr McArthur knew from other car clubs around the state was what he was looking forward to the most.

"One thing about it is is that it is the one time you can drive your vehicle and actually toot your horn," he said.

"Everyone waves at you and as you go along you toot your horn to the crowds as you go past, its the one time you have that excuse.

"It is quite good fun driving with all the old cars and seeing how they are going."

The Bay to Birdwood would take place on September 27, with cars departing from Barratt Reserve at West Beach and finishing at the National Motor Museum at Birdwood.

Due to COVID-19, Barratt Reserve and the Museum will be closed to spectators however a livestream is planned for the Parade of Historic Motoring for at home viewing.