Jump in your time machine and join us at the George Begg Classic Speedfest.
It’s one heck of an annual tribute to a homegrown hero, dubbed the motorsport equivalent to Enzo Ferrari, and a golden age in Kiwi motorsport.
The farmer-turned-engineer-turned-race-car-designer is one of Southland’s great heroes.
During the 1960s and 70s, George built some of the finest race cars of his generation out of a shed known as the ‘Toyshop’ in Drummond, rural Southland - a shed where no fewer than 18 single-seater race cars emerged to take on the world’s best and succeed.
The weekend is chocka with motorsport like it used to be – a feast of wholehearted racing between skilled drivers behind the wheels of beautiful, classic machines.
The on-track action is more than matched off-track where you’ll lose yourself in a carnival of fashion, food, drinks and fun.
Dress to your favourite decade – let loose your swinging 60s spirit, throw on a fabulous dress, or dust-off that jacket and cravat combo. If the 80s is more your thing, a neat little double-denim number might be the ticket (the perfect complement to a Datsun 120-Y). Maybe you’d look rather dashing in some racing overalls?
Let your imagination run wild.
Next Event Date: 18-21 Feb 2021
Get trackside – listen to the crackle and feel the roar of thousands of horse-power flying down the Teretonga straight, with everything from Formula 5000s, historic touring, muscle and saloon cars, Formula Libre, vintage single seater racing cars, sports & GT cars, and many more.
You’ll have plenty of time to soak up Invercargill’s growing (and we reckon justified) reputation as the home of wheels – whether it’s cars, trucks or bikes.
In the evening, sit back and relax at the prizegiving dinner in the spectacular setting of Bill’s Shed, at Bill Richardson Transport World – one of the jewels in the Invercargill’s wheel-shaped crown.
Delve into the ‘George Begg Bunker’ exhibition at Classic Motorcycle Mecca housing the sleek, chisel-nosed racing machines engineered by Begg out of second-hand race parts – and featuring a lovingly recreated ‘Toyshop’.
The more you find out about George, the more his story draws you in. In between designing world-beating racing cars, this rural entrepreneur found time to design, patent and build some of the most innovative farm gear of his generation.
You’ll find out George was an author, a philanthropist – raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity – and a bit of a hardcase.
If quirk appeals, you’ll find it around every corner, like the one about George importing tractors from the Soviet Union.
So fire up your sense of nostalgia for a trip back in time you’ll never forget.