Peter Brock, Motor Racing Legend 1945 - 2006.
For the second time in a week
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
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
The premier race here is the
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
Born in Hurstbridge, country
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
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
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.
Nickname: Peter Perfect
Date of Birth: 26 February, 1945
Resided: Victoria, Australia
Sons: James and Robert
Occupation: Professional racing driver
Team: Team Brock
Vehicle: Holden Commodore (mostly)
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
"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.