Drool over this secret collection of eclectic vintage metal and rare speed parts


Most of Jeff Begg’s friends and family didn’t know about his “dirty little secret”—a mega-stash of classic cars, vintage racers, speed parts, and motorcycles in Springfield, Michigan. Unfortunately for those who knew him, it wasn’t until his recent death that Begg’s treasure trove came to light. The whole vintage horde goes up for auction on June 15, but we’ve picked out some of the highlights of his racing and speed part collection for you to enjoy.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/04/16/collection-of-eclectic-vintage-metal-and-rare-speed-parts

Wow! Just…WOW!!! An unimaginable collection hidden away from everyone. I can understand that, it kept him from being pestered constantly by folks looking for that vintage part or those wanting a vintage racecar or anything else that folks thought he might part with.

Phil in TX


Too bad these people know so little about what they are looking at to give any kind of an accurate description, never mind some decent photos. They might be the same company that disposed of a noted Detroit Chevy collector that got pennies on the dollar for a lot of good stuff. Crappy photos and little or no description, is NOT how you get the best return for the family/estate. Look at any actual automotive auction house and see the investment in marketing to see what one should aspire to if not emulate. This is a waste of time looking at this without an onsite inspection.


Yes, this is a problem, even if you are still on he green side. How to market tons of parts, when you don’t want your family to lose out to auction houses who know and care little about car stuff, and ebayers only too willing to buy your stuff at pennies on the dollar, is a problem. The big car auction houses are not much better, knowing little about details and only interested in the glamorous, easy, big-buck sales.

Do you know of auction houses who can properly present your car stuff to an audience who will appreciate and pay??


I’ve always wondered how an owner can reach the point where the cars in his/her collection start deteriorating, though in this case I’m guessing many of the vehicles were purchased as is. It seems wise that if you reach the point where you can’t keep up, it is best to move them on to a new owner. As far as auctioneers, VanDerBrink does fine and has quite a bit of experience in auctions like this. They were the ones that handled the Chevy dealer auction that got incredible prices for low mile, unpurchased old (but unmaintained) Chevys a few years back. Most of the high end auctioneers want top quality consignments and won’t handle vehicles like this. Remember, VDB have a limited staff and a lot of items to list. With 2 months til the auction they will get the listings edited/corrected.