1968 McBegg Race Car joins the Motorworks Collection
November 25, 2015
The latest exhibit to take up residence in our Motorworks Collection is one of New Zealand's iconic race car designs - the McBegg.
Originally from Drummond in Southland, engineer George Begg was a successful Grand Prix motorcycle racer before turning his hand to building race cars. One of George's most well known designs - the Begg 650, of which 18 were built - is a regular visitor to our displays in our showroom.
The latest arrival however is a single, one-off model - the McBegg.
After working for Kiwi motor racing icon Bruce McLaren at the McLaren factory in England, George packed a container with discarded parts and sent it to Drummond where it arrived on December 23, 1968. Included in the container were a chassis from the 1966 McLaren M1B and the body from Denny Hulme's M6 Can-Am car.
Redesigned and rebuilt at Drummond as a McBegg, (a nod to the McLaren connection) the car ran successfully throughout New Zealand for several years with a number of drivers, including Southlander Barry Keen and West Otago's Laurence Brownlie, who broke a land speed record in it.
The McBegg is currently on display in our automotive department and is on loan from Wal Willmott and owned by Jay Esterer.