1974 George Begg 018
The last hurrah built in George Begg’s ‘Toyshop’ is heralded as its finest piece of work.
Built in 1974, the vehicle was the 18th car to be built by the Southland engineer – and in true, straightforward-Southland style, it was simply dubbed ‘018’. This car was a collaboration between George Begg and well-known driver Jim Murdoch.
(Murdoch also drove the 018 for two seasons, and put in some remarkable performances including taking out second place in the 1975 New Zealand Grand Prix.)
George Begg had a real thing for painting his race cars yellow, and the Begg 018 was destined for the same treatment. But Jim Murdoch preferred dark blue, so as a compromise the Begg 018 was given its eye-catching paint-job of dark blue with zippy-looking yellow trim. The car wasn’t just a feat of fantastic engineering, but of design. With its chisel nose and side-mounted radiators, everything about this car just screamed top-notch from the very start.
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