Nicholas and Lee Begovich have donated their car collection — 15 vehicles valued at $10 million — to California State University Fullerton. Funds from the sale of the vehicles will be used to support gravitational-wave, engineering and computer-science research, the school announced.
The Begovichs are long-time supporters of the school. A decade ago, they donated $1 million to the university’s art department. Nicholas is a retired engineer who was a vice president at Hughes Aircraft. Lee Begovich was a school teacher and is an art historian.
The donation was announced as part of the launch of the school’s “It Takes a Titan” fund-raising campaign.
Nicholas Begovich, 98, began tinkering with sports cars in the 1950s and bought many of his cars when they were brand new, the university said. Nameplates involved include Pegaso, Lamborghini, Talbot-Lago, Ferrari and DeTomaso.
“This incredible gift enables the renovation and expansion of the campus center and its capabilities, and also bolsters CSUF’s role in advancing humanity’s exploration of the universe,” physics professor Joshua Smith is quoted in the university’s news release.