1963-64 George Begg 650

Not everybody can say they built a car after reading a book. But George Begg could. 

In fact, that’s the humble back-story behind how the agricultural engineer got his start in the world of race car construction. Built between 1963 and 1964, George’s first attempt at building a single-seater race car – what became known as the Begg 650 – took around 18 months to complete. Powered by a 650cc BSA motorcycle engine, Begg wasn’t interested in driving the new vehicle himself so he got a promising young local lad, Barry Keen, to drive it.

The car was built for club racing and as a bit of an engineering exercise: so it was light, simple, and had a small engine. Even though George Begg hadn’t initially intended to build any more cars, within it lay the promise of bigger and better things. And that’s how it all began. The car was handicapped by its small rear-engine, but within it lay the promise of bigger and better things. And that’s how it all began.

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