The legend George Begg has arrived.
Invercargill’s got a thing with wheels. Meanwhile, it’s not hard to see why our city has become a petrolhead’s paradise. Bill Richardson Transport World is the largest private automotive museum of its type in the world, boasting more than 300 vintage vehicles. Meanwhile, Classic Motorcycle Mecca is the leading motorcycle collection in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also home to over 300 impressive vintage motorcycles. These two collections are some of the most popular visitor attractions in Invercargill.
Now, another jewel has been added to the crown. George Begg is a homegrown hero in the vein of Burt Munro and Bill Richardson. A brand-new exhibit at Classic Motorcycle Mecca pays tribute to the famed automotive engineer and a golden age in Kiwi motorsport history.
In the 1960s and 70s, Begg built 18 race vehicles that challenged – and beat – some of the most celebrated marques in the world. His vehicles took on some of the biggest automotive names in Europe, Great Britain, Australia and elsewhere. And they often won.
The George Begg exhibit officially opens on 13 February. Housed in a whopping 1600m2, custom-built space at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, the Begg exhibit includes a display of race vehicles built in ‘George’s Toyshop’. Visitors will also discover memorabilia from his competitive motorcycling days (he raced on the famed Isle of Man) including his AJS race bike and more. Guests can purchase tickets to the grand opening, which will be attended by Begg’s family, former drivers, contemporaries and other guests. Click here to find out more.
The George Begg exhibit is the centrepiece of a brand-new city-wide homage to the man himself. Together Transport World and the Southland Sports Car Club will present the inaugural George Begg Classic Speedfest at Teretonga Park. The southernmost FIA-recognised circuit in the world will be the epicentre of the action this weekend. On 15 and 16 February, Teretonga Park will be home to plenty of action on and off the track, in a celebration of retro racing.
Competitors and spectators alike are encouraged to dust off their best vintage threads and don costumes matching the era of the car they’re supporting. Long-term, the vision for the event is to be almost the Southland version of the Goodwood festival in Sussex, England. Organisers hope to introduce live entertainment, vintage fashion, and more to the George Begg Classic Speedfest in the future.
If you want to be part of history in the making, and secure your spot at the first of what is bound to become a highlight on the social calendar. Click here to find out more about George Begg and grab your tickets today. Tickets are limited – don’t miss out!