George Begg Bunker
Discover an exhibit that pays tribute to a homegrown hero, dubbed the motorsport equivalent to Enzo Ferrari, and a golden age in Kiwi motorsport.
Here in Southland, there are three automotive greats who have carved their names into our history books – Bill Richardson, Burt Munro, and George Begg.
The George Begg Bunker at Classic Motorcycle Mecca is housed in a whopping 1600m2, custom-built exhibit space and pays homage to a story of Kiwi ingenuity taking on the world, and coming out on top.
Our exhibit focuses on all aspects of the engineer’s life: George Begg the man, George Begg the businessman, and George Begg’s race car construction glory days. Visitors will be treated to an all-encompassing overview of Begg’s incredible story – this is more than simply a collection of race cars.
Although, there are plenty of those too.
Created by the team behind the world-class collections at Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca, the spectacular new exhibit features the largest single display of Begg’s race vehicles, memorabilia from his competitive motorcycling days, a wealth of stories told by Begg’s family and contemporaries, and more.
Celebrate a homegrown hero and a golden age in Kiwi motorsport history
Invercargill’s got a thing with wheels, and we’ve added another jewel to the crown. Discover the largest-ever display of the Southland-built race vehicles that took on some of the biggest marques in the world - and won.
Famed engineer George Begg played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s automotive golden age in the 1960s and 1970s. George Begg had an illustrious career racing motorcycles in Britain and, famously, on the Isle of Man, before he returned home to Southland to open an engineering business in 1957. At his workshop in rural Southland Begg built 18 racing cars that went on to challenge – and beat – the best marques in the world. Begg’s cars bested some of the finest automotive names in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.
George Begg’s story transcends the race track. It really is a story of ingenuity, innovation and perseverance – and it is a story we can’t wait to share with you.