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Beggs to gather at Teretonga

 

NZ-built racing cars will be at Teretonga this weekend in a tribute to their designer and builder George Begg.

February 12, 2007. Sixteen of the 18 Begg racing cars built by George Begg in Drummond, Southland, between 1964 and 1974 will be present at the Leitch Motorsport/Southland Times Classic SpeedFest at Teretonga Park, Invercargill, this weekend.

The SpeedFest is part of a series of events over the weekend at which a tribute to George Begg will be made. Other parts of the tribute involve a lunch and drive-by of Begg cars at Drummond on Friday followed by a dinner at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill that evening.

Begg, now living at Hervey Bay in Queensland, will attend the events including the SpeedFest along with his wife Freda.

Of the 18 Begg cars, the only two that won’t be in Southland this weekend are the McBegg sports car, chassis #8 and chassis #10, a Formula 5000 Begg FM2.

Every other chassis will be represented. The very first Begg, known as Begg 650, will be there in the hands of current owner and former Begg works driver Barry Keen who now lives in Invercargill.

Of the other cars present the Begg FM5 that the Southland based team took to Europe in 1973 will make its first appearance at Teretonga since 1974. In the accompanying photograph, David Oxton is seen on the grid at Mondello Park, Ireland, in 1973, The car is now displayed at the Southward Museum at Paekakiriki, north of Wellington, and thanks to the generosity of the Southward Trust the car will be present.

The last car to roll out of the Central Southland workshop was Begg 018 that raced with tremendous success in New Zealand during the 1975 and 1976 seasons.

Second place in the 1975 New Zealand Grand Prix was a highlight for 018.

Jim Murdoch who campaigned that car and the previous chassis, a Begg JM1 Formula Ford, actually moved to Drummond to help build the cars.

Interestingly the owner of Begg 018, the final Begg ever built, is Noel Atley, a neighbour of Barry Keen who owns the first Begg. Atley has been a prime mover in establishing the tribute to Begg this weekend.

 

 


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