Inaugural Speedfest

Invercargill is becoming a premier destination for motorsport fans and now it has another jewel in its crown, Transport World owner Scott O’Donnell says.

One week after hosting the Burt Munro Challenge, the city will celebrate another "homegrown hero".

George Begg will be honoured with the inaugural George Begg Classic Speedfest, a weekend-long racing event at Teretonga Park, as well as a permanent exhibit at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, which was officially opened on Thursday.

Begg was a renowned race car builder, engineer and motorcycle racer, and had an amazing story which should be celebrated in the same way as Burt Munro’s was, O’Donnell said.

"Burt did great things on the world stage and George Begg was something quite similar and perhaps had a bit more going on in his life. He was a dedicated family man ... ran a successful business — it definitely equals the story of Burt Munro."

About 14 single-seater race cars which Begg built, a replica of his workshop in Drummond and other personal items are on display at the exhibition.

Some of the vehicles were still racing, including the 1970 Begg FM4 Formula 5000 car, now driven by Feilding driver Tim Rush.

Yesterday the car was taken from the exhibit to Teretonga Park, where Rush will be racing it.


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