1973 George Begg FM5

An heir and a spare – the royals do it, and so too did the team working out of George Begg’s ‘Toyshop’ in Drummond.

The second FM5 monocoque built by Begg, the 1973 version had several changes in comparison to the first car’s iteration and was destined to be a spare, in case of something major. But nothing major eventuated, and so the 1973 Begg FM5 was sold to Alan McCully. McCully took the Begg FM5 to PDL in Christchurch and had Fred McLean, who by this time had parted ways with George Begg, complete the vehicle.

McCully then drove the car in five race meetings, with a brilliant second place at the Levin international meeting undoubtedly being the highlight.

McCully retired from racing and sold the 1973 Begg FM5 to Graham Baker, who had some success with the car before it headed offshore and across the ditch to Australia. Later bought by Lindsay O’Donnell and returned to Southland, the 1973 Begg FM5 was restored and has had an active F5000 career since.

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