"In the beginning"

Disclaimer

The views expressed in this blog are not necessarily the views of the blog management, (on the other hand, they are not necessarily not the views of the blog management).

No effort has been made to stay within the bounds of the truth in this blog as it has always been the view of the management that the truth should never be allowed to stand in the way of a good story.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Peter Brock, 1945 - 2006




Peter Brock, Motor Racing Legend 1945 - 2006.

For the second time in a week Australia is reeling from the loss of
a legend, only days after the tragic death of Steve Irwin in a freak
sting-ray incident we have lost another legend.

Peter Brock died more predictably when his Chevrolet Rally Car hit
a tree on a wet road on a sharp bend while competing in the
Targa West Rally in West Australia.

Brock was widely known as Peter Perfect for his uncanny skills as
a driver, in a career spanning 37 years his success on the race
tracks of Australia were to create the Brock legend.

The premier race here is the Bathurst 1000 held annually on the
Mt.
Panorama
circuit, Brock had his first drive at the Mountain
as a 24 year old in 1969 he had his first victory in 1972.

Between 1972 and 1987 he won 9 times to become known as
the “King of the Mountain” during this period he was also the
Australian Touring Car Champion 3 times and runner-up 5 times.

His record also included 9 wins at the Sandown Enduro between
1973 – 1984 and a Repco Round Australia Trial in 1979.

Born in Hurstbridge, country Victoria in 1945, Brock grew up in
a family passionate about cars.

His father owned and ran a local garage, and the duo combined
to launch Peter's racing career with an Austin A30 – built in a
old henhouse and using a Holden engine – in 1967.

Brock's racing potential was first noticed by the manager of the
fledgling Holden Dealer Team Harry Firth, who offered the 24-
year-old a drive in a Monaro at Bathurst in 1969.

Three years later, Brock had won the first of his nine Bathursts
in a Torana XU-1.

Brock was at the height of his powers by the late 1970s –
arguably his greatest Bathurst triumph coming alongside
co-driver Jim Richards in 1979.

The duo crushed their rivals in a Torana A9-X in a victory which
earned him the nickname Peter Perfect.

Even people with no interest in motor racing were caught up in
the magic that was Peter Perfect.


FACTS:

Nickname: Peter Perfect

Date of Birth: 26 February, 1945

Resided: Victoria, Australia

Sons: James and Robert

Daughter: Alexandra

Occupation: Professional racing driver

Team: Team Brock

Vehicle: Holden Commodore (mostly)


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Bathurst Enduro: 9 wins, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980,
1982, 1983, 1984, 1987


Australian Touring Car Champion: 3 times, 1974, 1978, 1980


Runner-up: 5 times, 1973, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1990.


Sandown Enduro: 9 wins, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978,
1979, 1980, 1981, 1984


Repco Round
Australia Trial: Winner 1979



"Brocky" on his way to winning the 1979 Round Australia Rally,
we were in Central Australia when the Rally came through, this
was the closest I ever got to him. His rapport with the crowds
was at least partly because he would talk with his fans and sign
autographs for hours at a time.


9 comments:

kenju said...

I don't know anything about racing, here or in AU, but he surely was a handsome man! I bet the ladies all liked him.

Marcus said...

Hard to believe we could lose two icons in a week! Great post and summary of Brocky's life Dad.

(If I were an Aussie celebrity I'd be staying home for the next couple of weeks!!)

Thanks for the tip on Gary's blog, the list is growing! You'll be the Amway King of the Blogosphere if you keep this up!

JunieRose2005 said...

So sorry to hear of ANOTHER tragedy!

June

Miss Cellania said...

He was 61? He was much too young to die, but good on him to still be doing what he loved at that age. And still looked good.

wazza said...

Nice post on Peter, Peter. Yeah, he sure was a icon in the racing field
and along with Steve Irwin will be missed by family, friends and all
car racing fans.
Hey, also Peter what gut and what vine, Peter. Have you been sipping (glug!glug!glug!that's not sipping)
n the port again??

Merle said...

H Peter ~~ Nice post about Brocky
He sure was a great driver except for that one last time. I believe his co-driver was only slightly injured. It is getting scary lstening to the news. Is that why you don't? I had an e mail from Joy saying she cannot comment on my blog. Mr Eddie is one I cannot contact, no e mail. Could you let him know my new url. Take care, and be careful, Merle.
I

Hale McKay said...

I honestly have never heard of this man, but I'll extend my sympathies to his family, friends,
and countrymen.

Meow said...

Great tribute, for a true legend. I have always been a Brocky fan, can't believe he's gone. At least he went doing something he loved, as did Steve Irwin. No consolation, though, really. It is terribly tragic. Two great guys in the space of 5 days. Hope the saying "things always come in 3s" doesn't work this time.
Have a great weekend, Peter.
Take care, Meow

Jim said...

Thanks for the update on Peter Perfect. What are the cars like in those races (similar to NASCAR or more road race type?) and what makes are raced?
Like the aunt and grasshopper, this is a nice (or not) application.
I left a comment on the procrastination blog earlier, but it didn't stay. # 14 is my failing.
..