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Peter Brock
Peter Brock autographs Bathurst 2005.jpg
Peter Brock signing autographs at the Bathurst 1000 in 2005
Nationality Australia Australian
Born Peter Geoffrey Brock
(1945-02-26)26 February 1945
Epworth Hospital, Richmond, Victoria
Died 8 September 2006(2006-09-08) (aged 61)
Gidgegannup, WA, Australia
Retired 2004
Related to James Brock (stepson)
ATCC / V8 Supercar
Years active 1973-97, 2002 & 2004
Teams Holden Dealer Team
Gown-Hindhaugh Racing
Team Brock
Advantage Racing
Holden Racing Team
Rod Nash Racing
Starts 210
Wins 42
Poles 57
Best finish 1st in 1974, 1978 & 1980 Australian Touring Car Championship
Previous series
1974

1996

2003-04
Australian Formula 2 Championship
Australian Super Touring Championship
Australian Nations Cup Championship
Awards
2001 V8 Supercar Hall of Fame

Peter Geoffrey Brock, AM (26 February 1945 – 8 September 2006) otherwise known as "Peter Perfect", "The King of the Mountain" or simply as "Brocky" was one of Australia's best-known and most successful motor racing drivers. Brock was most often associated with Holden for almost 40 years, although he raced vehicles of other manufacturers including BMW, Ford, Volvo, Porsche and Peugeot.[1] He won the Bathurst 1000 endurance race nine times, the Sandown 500 touring car race nine times, the Australian Touring Car Championship three times, the Bathurst 24 Hour once and was inducted into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 2001. Brock's business activities included the Holden Dealer Team (HDT) that produced Brock's racing machines as well as a number of modified high-performance road versions of his racing cars.

Early years[edit]

Brock was born at the Epworth Hospital, Richmond, Victoria, the son of Geoff and Ruth Brock (née Laidlay).[2] The family lived in the country town of Hurstbridge (now an outer suburb of Melbourne) and Brock continued to live there throughout his life.[3] He attended Eltham High School in Eltham Victoria [4] His first car was an Austin 7[3] that he bought for £5 (A$10).[5] He claimed that his driving skill improved at this point of his life because the car did not have brakes (or a body, which was removed with his father's axe).[5]

Racing career[edit]

Brock at Symmons Plains 1982

During his early career Brock raced some "wild and woolly" creations including the famous blue 6-cylinder Holden-powered Austin A30. Brock rose to public attention in touring car racing.

Bathurst[edit]

Brock's Bathurst winning Torana

Brock made his debut at Bathurst in the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 in a Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 alongside Des West, with the pair finishing third behind their winning HDT team mates Colin Bond and Tony Roberts. He won the Bathurst 500 for the first time in 1972 (the last year the race was run over 500 miles and the last year in which driving solo was permitted).

Brock would win the event a total of nine times between 1972 and 1987, a feat that has not been equalled. His 1979 win was remarkable in that he and co-driver Jim Richards claimed victory by six laps, a record that, due to changes in race regulations introduced in the mid-late 1980's, most notably the introduction of the Safety Car in 1987, may never be broken, and broke the circuit lap record for touring cars on the 163rd and final lap of the race (the record would stand until Brock himself broke it in 1982). Brock had tried to set the lap record on the final lap of the 1978 race, but he was inadvertently baulked by the Alfa Romeo of Ray Gulson through The Dipper. In 32 starts at Bathurst he claimed pole position a record six times (1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983 and 1989), with all bar his 1989 pole in a Ford Sierra RS500 being for Holden. Brock also sat on pole for the 1997 V8 Supercars race but the time was set by his co-driver Mark Skaife. His record at this race earned him the popular nickname King of the Mountain.

Peter Brock also won the second (and last) Bathurst 24 Hour race in 2003 driving a 7.0L V8 powered Holden Monaro 427C for Garry Rogers Motorsport. Brock won the race, which although not the Bathurst 1000, he regarded as his 10th Bathurst win driving alongside V8 Supercar drivers Greg Murphy, Jason Bright, and Todd Kelly. The #05 Monaro won the race by less than half a second from the 2002 race winning GRM Monaro 427C driven by Nathan Pretty, Garth Tander, Steven Richards, and Cameron McConville. The two Monaro's finished 12 laps in front of the third placed Porsche 996 GT3 RC of Peter Fitzgerald, Paul Morris, John Teulan, and Scott Shearman.

Sandown[edit]

Along with his record at the Bathurst race, Brock also claimed victory in the traditional lead up race to Bathurst, the Sandown 500, nine times, including a string of seven consecutive wins from 1975 until 1981. He won a total of 37 races during his career in the Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercar championships, a record only eventually equalled by Mark Skaife in 2006 and beaten in 2007.[6]

Standing in community[edit]

As the lead driver for the Holden Dealer Team in a succession of both 6 and 8 cylinder Holden Toranas and later, V8 Commodores the smooth-talking clean-cut Brock became a household name that transcended motor racing as he emerged to be one of the best-known modern Australia and New Zealand racing drivers, spoken of with the same reverence as Formula One World Champions Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and Denny Hulme.

Brock and the Holden Dealer Team worked in partnership, with full factory approval and assistance, to produce a number of high-performance modifications to the Commodores under existing CAMS Group C regulations from 1980 to 1987. Some of these were HDT "homologation specials", one step away from race cars. It was around this time that Brock began his run of six Bathurst 1000 wins in seven years with a pair of hat trick wins from 1978-80 (with Jim Richards) and 1982-84 (with Larry Perkins and John Harvey), including his record breaking six-lap victory with in the 1979 event.

In 1986, Brock was crowned King of Moomba by the Melbourne-based festival committee.[7]

International Racing[edit]

Peter Brock's first international race came in 1971 when Harry Firth made a late decision to enter the HDT in the Guia touring car Race at the Macau Grand Prix. Driving one of the team's old Series Production LC Torana GTR XU-1's, Brock finished second behind 1971 European Touring Car Champion Dieter Glemser, who according to Brock in his regular "Auto Action" column, drove a full works Ford Capri 2600. Ford rival Allan Moffat also raced in his GTHO Falcon, but struggled throughout the meeting with tyre troubles and wasn't a factor in the race being some 20 seconds per lap slower than the Torana. Brock claimed that scrutineering was almost non-existent at Macau, while Firth would describe Glemser's Capri and the Alfa Romeo GTA of third placed Hong Kong driver Albert Poon as "pretty damned rude" for not being strictly production cars as they were supposed to be.

Unlike several other Australian drivers including Alan Jones and Larry Perkins, Brock did not seek a full-time racing career outside Australia. He did attempt the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in privateer vehicles, firstly in 1976 in the Team Brock BMW 3.0CSL which was bought in South Africa in late 1975 and shipped to Melbourne where it was completely stripped and rebuilt. His co-driver was former Aussie and UK resident Brian Muir with the BMW lasting 17 hours before a head gasket blew. He then returned for the 1981 race teamed with former HDT team mate Colin Bond and Bathurst co-driver Jim Richards in the Porsche Cars Australia #74 Porsche 924 Carrera GTR but while the team practiced, they were only named as a reserve, not participating in the race itself.

While at the 1983 Australian Grand Prix meeting at Calder Park, sports car racer and 1976 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 winner John Fitzpatrick challenged Brock, that having won everything there was to win in Australia he should try his hand overseas with the 'big boys', meaning Le Mans. After millionaire businessman and racer Bob Jane got involved with sponsorship through his Bob Jane T-Marts, a deal was completed to race a Porsche 956B rented from John Fitzpatrick Racing in 1984. With regular HDT co-driver Larry Perkins, Brock finished 21st at the 1000 km of Silverstone after spending time in the pits fixing a broken rear suspension. The pair then drove in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Perkins qualified the car 15th with a time of 3:35.340 which was 18.29 seconds slower than the pole winning works Lancia LC2 of Bob Wollek (Brock was 2 seconds slower than Perkins, though his times were set on race tyres while Perkins was given a set of qualifiers). After a good start by Perkins in the hot conditions, Team Australia were running as high as 5th at one stage of the race before retiring after Perkins crashed in the Esses on lap 145 while trying to make up for lost time, which included a lost wheel while Brock was in the car, and a broken rear bolt which caused Perkins to almost spin the Porsche at close to 350 km/h (217 mph) while racing flat out through the kink on the famous Mulsanne Straight.[8] The Team Australia assault on the race, and the fortunes of the other Aussies including 1983 winner Vern Schuppan, 1980 Formula One World Champion Alan Jones, and Allan Grice, was covered extensively in the Peter Mckay/Barry Naismith book "LeMans The Australian Assault"

While in Europe in 1984, Brock was in the unusual situation (for him) of being the second billing in his driver pairing with Perkins. From 1974 until 1977 Larry Perkins had made 11 starts in Formula One and, to the large number of European motoring press covering the two World Endurance Championship races, ex-F1 driver Larry 'Larrikins' Perkins was the star driver with Brock seen as nothing more than a saloon car driver. According to Perkins, "The Porsche exercise at Le Mans was great although PB (Brock) struggled with the 'Euro media' because no one knew who he was!"

Brock also drove a Vauxhall Magnum with British driver Gerry Marshall to a surprise second place in the 1977 Spa 24 Hours. He also shocked many when he won the 1979 Repco Round Australia Trial driving for the HDT in a 6cyl Holden VB Commodore along with co-drivers Noel Richards and Matthew Philip. The shock came as many in the motoring press regarded Brock as a circuit racer and seemed forgot about his Rally and Rallycross experience with the Dealer Team in the early 1970s. The press saw his inclusion merely as a publicity stunt by Holden and the race organisers in order to generate interest in the race. The Repco was a long-distance endurance rally that drove clockwise around Australia featuring some dirt road sections completely different to the circuit racing where he made his name. The Round Australia Trial was revived in 1995 (sponsored by Brock's long time backer Mobil) with Brock again racing for Holden in Holden Racing Team prepared VR Commodore. Brock finished 3rd in the trial which was won by team mate (and former Australian Rally Champion) Ed Ordynski.

Motor Safety Campaign[edit]

Brock also worked with the Victorian authorities promoting the campaign against drink driving. The most obvious sign of this association was the race car number 05 which related to the 0.05% blood alcohol limit in Victoria, which he utilized constantly from the mid-1970s. Most cars he raced in, regardless of the motor racing division, bore this number, including the car in which he died.

Other activities[edit]

Brock began publicly supporting and, eventually, began to fit to all Holden Dealer Team specials a device called the "Energy Polariser" containing crystals and magnets in an epoxy resin that, it was claimed, improved the performance and handling of vehicles through "aligning the molecules".[9] The device was based on the principles of orgone pseudoscience.[9] The "Polariser" is being sold once more in an official HDT, Brock tribute upgrade pack.[10]

The overwhelming majority of the Australian motoring community regarded the device as pseudoscience,[11] and Brock's promotion of it drove away HDT drivers like John Harvey, Allan Moffat and Larry Perkins.[9] Brock also recommended tyre pressures of 22psi (150kPa) for his polariser-equipped vehicles, a level which many regarded as near-dangerously low. Holden, fearing the consequences of being associated with the device and a resulting breakdown in communications over Brock's plans for new models, cut ties with Brock and set up an alternative racing/modification operation, Holden Special Vehicles. During this period, Brock also became involved in the importation and even the modification of the Lada Samara, a cheap Soviet-built hatchback a world away from the high-performance V8-powered Commodores he was famous for. The Lada deal came at the right time for the Brock organisation as it saved the struggling outfit from potential bankruptcy.[12]

After his work with Lada, Brock, during the period 1988-1990 sold around 200 personally modified EA-series Ford Falcons, Fairmont Ghias, Fairlanes and Mavericks through Austech Automotive Developments.[13]

While Brock was always typecast in a Holden, he did have 'brief flirtations' with other makes in touring car racing. After his 1987 Holden split, he campaigned a BMW M3 in 1988, before doing the unthinkable by driving a Ford Sierra RS500 in 1989 and 1990, though as the Sierra's were the cars to have at the time it was seen as a logical move to return to the front end of the field.

During 1988 Brock also campaigned a V8 Ford XF Falcon in the Calder Park Thunderdome-based AUSCAR series, though unlike touring car rivals such as Jim Richards, Allan Grice and Brad Jones, Brock's foray into Superspeedway racing was brief.

With the increasing costs of running two Sierras, and with the teams technical support from the UK-based Andy Rouse also stopping thanks to Rouse moving to drive for Toyota, Brock returned to driving a Holden in 1991, teaming with former HDT co-driver Perkins (who had left the HDT in mid-1985) to run a pair of VN SS Group A Commodores. The association with Perkins Engineering only lasted for one year, though Brock continued to run the ATCC driving in Commodores.

A further flirtation away from Holden was in 1994 when he raced a Volvo 850 in the one-off Eastern Creek 12-Hour. He also competed for the same Volvo Dealer Racing team in the Australian Super Touring Championship in 1996, finishing 6th in the championship with a best finish of second in Round 7 at Lakeside in Brisbane.

Retirement activities[edit]

After 1991 when teamed with Perkins, Brock continued to race in his own privately supported Commodores in 1992 and 1993, but returned to the factory Holden Racing Team in 1994. Brock retired from full-time driving following the 1997 Australian Touring Car season.

He announced to a packed race track he was forming 'The Peter Brock Foundation' A philanthropic organisation funded by corporate sponsors and donations from the public. Aimed at disadvantaged youth and others experiencing difficulties in Australia. As of 2013 the Foundation still continues operating and has financed many activities and people.

After his nominal 'retirement' he made two returns to Bathurst. In 2002 he paired with Team Brock lead driver Craig Baird to a 23rd place finish in the teams . He then returned to the Holden Racing team for the 2004 Bob Jane T-Marts 1000, teaming with Englishman Jason Plato in a VY Commodore. The pair failed to finish after Plato was involved in a spectacular accident with the Ozemail Falcon of fellow BTCC regular (and Brock's 1993 Bathurst co-driver) John Cleland while Cleland was lapping the Commodore on lap 29. The clash caused the Falcon to roll and enough damage to the HRT car to be out on the spot with Brock failing to get a drive in his last Bathurst race after Plato had started the car and was due to hand over to Brock a few laps after the crash.

Brock also drove a Holden Monaro for Garry Rogers Motorsport (GRM), winning four from four races in what was thought to be a one off appearance in the support races for the 2003 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. This led to him driving a 2nd Monaro built and run by GRM in the Australian Nations Cup Championship, a GT-type championship for highly modified and exotic road cars in 2003 before setting up his own team for himself and son James in 2004 (with Monaros supplied by GRM). He achieved a tenth Bathurst endurance win in 2003 at the Bathurst 24 Hour, when he won, with Greg Murphy, Jason Bright and Todd Kelly in a his GRM Monaro, controversially powered by a 7.0L 427 cui V8 engine rather than the 5.7L Gen III as used by the production Monaro CV8 (the controversy came from no other car in Nations Cup being able to run a different size engine from the production model it was based on).

In 2002, he returned to top-level touring car racing as a team patron with Rod Nash Racing in V8 Supercar Commodore and drove in that year's Bathurst 1000 with the team was renamed 'Team Brock' as a branding exercise. The 'Team Brock' branding exercise was revived for 2003 this time with Paul Weel Racing but this time Brock's role was as a mentor rather than a driver. Frustrated with the lack of control he held over a team bearing his name, Brock and the team parted company at the end of the season.

He occasionally competed in various enthusiast-level motorsport events such as the Targa Tasmania with the Monaros he drove actually constructed by Holden Special Vehicles. His smooth on-camera persona and familiarity to older Australians continued to sell products, including Mobil Oils (including a 2000 United States television commercial) and Bridgestone tyres, as the controversy of the Energy Polarizer had been largely forgotten.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1971 Victorian Rallycross Championship 1st Holden LC Torana GTR Holden Dealer Team
1972 Australian Touring Car Championship NC Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1973 Australian Formula 2 Championship 8th Birrana 273 Ford Team Brock
1973 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1973 South Pacific Touring Series 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1974 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1
Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000
Holden Dealer Team
1974 South Pacific Touring Series 1st Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 Holden Dealer Team
1975 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Gown - Hindhaugh
1976 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 Team Brock
1977 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34
Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback
Bill Patterson Holden
1978 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Holden LX Torana SLR A9X
Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback
Holden Dealer Team
1979 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback Holden Dealer Team
1980 Australian Touring Car Championship 1st Holden VB Commodore Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1981 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Holden VC Commodore Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1982 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Holden VC Commodore Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1982 Better Brakes AMSCAR Series 7th Holden VC Commodore Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1982 Australian GT Championship 5th Chevrolet Monza Bob Jane T-Marts
1983 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Holden VH Commodore SS Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1984 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Holden VH Commodore SS Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1984 World Endurance Championship NC Porsche 956B Team Australia
John Fitzpatrick Racing
1984 Australian Endurance Championship 3rd Holden VK Commodore Marlboro Holden Dealer Team
1985 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Holden VK Commodore Mobil Holden Dealer Team
1985 Australian Endurance Championship 5th Holden VK Commodore Mobil Holden Dealer Team
1986 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th Holden VK Commodore SS Group A Mobil Holden Dealer Team
1987 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Holden VK Commodore SS Group A
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
Holden Dealer Team
1988 Australian Touring Car Championship 5th BMW M3 Mobil 1 Racing
1989 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Ford Sierra RS500 Mobil 1 Racing
1989 Nissan-Mobil 500 Series 1st Ford Sierra RS500 Mobil 1 Racing
1990 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Ford Sierra RS500 Mobil 1 Racing
1991 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Holden VN Commodore SS Group A Perkins Engineering
1992 Australian Touring Car Championship 11th Holden VN Commodore SS Group A Advantage Racing
1993 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Holden VP Commodore Advantage Racing
1994 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Holden VP Commodore Holden Racing Team
1995 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Holden VR Commodore Holden Racing Team
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 4th Holden VR Commodore Holden Racing Team
1996 Australian Super Touring Championship 6th Volvo 850 Volvo Dealer Racing
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Holden VS Commodore Holden Racing Team
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 68th Holden VX Commodore Team Brock
2003 Australian Nations Cup Championship 4th Holden Monaro 427C Garry Rogers Motorsport
2004 Australian Nations Cup Championship 6th Holden Monaro 427C Team Brock
2004 V8Supercar Championship Series 58th Holden VY Commodore Holden Racing Team

Complete Bathurst 500/1000 results[edit]

Peter Brock finished in the top 5 at Bathurst 16 times in his 32 starts in The Great Race. This included his record nine wins, one second place, two third, two fourth and two fifth place finishes.

Year Pos Class No Team Co-Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
Group E Series Production
1969 3 D 43 Australia Holden Dealer Team Australia Des West Holden HT Monaro GTS350 130
Chevrolet 350 5.7 L V8
1970 37 C 40 Australia Holden Dealer Team Australia Bob Morris Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 106
Holden 186 3.0 L I6
1971 8 D 32 Australia Holden Dealer Team Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 129
Holden 186 3.0 L I6
1972 1 C 28 Australia Holden Dealer Team Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 130
Holden 202 3.3 L I6
Group C
1973 2 D 1 Australia Holden Dealer Team Australia Doug Chivas Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1 163
Holden 202 3.3 L I6
1974 DNF D 1 Australia Holden Dealer Team Australia Brian Sampson Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 118
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1975 1 D 5 Australia Gown - Hindhaugh Australia Brian Sampson Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1976 3 3001cc - 6000cc 5 Australia Team Brock Australia Phil Brock Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 160
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1977 4 A 25 Australia Bill Patterson Holden Australia Phil Brock Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback 162
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1978 1 D 05 Australia Holden Dealer Team New Zealand Jim Richards Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1979 1 A 05 Australia Holden Dealer Team New Zealand Jim Richards Holden LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1980 1 3001cc - 6000cc 05 Australia Marlboro Holden Dealer Team New Zealand Jim Richards Holden VC Commodore 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1981 21 8 Cylinder & Over 05 Australia Marlboro Holden Dealer Team New Zealand Jim Richards Holden VC Commodore 103
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1982 1 A 05 Australia Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Larry Perkins Holden VH Commodore SS 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1983* 1 A 25 Australia Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia John Harvey
Australia Larry Perkins
Australia Phil Brock
Holden VH Commodore SS 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
1984 1 Group C 05 Australia Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Australia Larry Perkins Holden VK Commodore 163
Holden 308 5.0 L V8
Group A
1985 DNF C 05 Australia Mobil Holden Dealer Team New Zealand David Oxton Holden VK Commodore 160
Holden 304 4.9 L V8
1986 5 C 05 Australia Mobil Holden Dealer Team Canada Allan Moffat Holden VK Commodore SS Group A 162
Holden 304 4.9 L V8
1987** 1 3 10 Australia HDT Racing P/L Australia Peter McLeod
Australia David Parsons
Australia Jon Crooke
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 158
Holden 304 4.9 L V8
1988 DNF 1 56 Australia Mobil 1 Racing Australia Neil Crompton
New Zealand Jim Richards
BMW M3 89
BMW S14 2.3 L I4
1989 DNF 1 05 Australia Mobil 1 Racing United Kingdom Andy Rouse Ford Sierra RS500 81
Ford Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
1990 4 1 05 Australia Mobil 1 Racing United Kingdom Andy Rouse Ford Sierra RS500 160
Ford Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
1991 4 1 05 Australia Mobil 1 Racing
Australia Perkins Engineering
Australia Andrew Miedecke Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV 147
Holden 304 5.0 L V8
1992 27 C 05 Australia Mobil 1 Racing Germany Manuel Reuter Holden VP Commodore 118
Chevrolet 5.0 L V8
Group 3A Touring Cars
1993 17 A 05 Australia Mobil 1 Racing United Kingdom John Cleland Holden VP Commodore 142
Chevrolet 5.0 L V8
1994 DNF A 05 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Tomas Mezera Holden VP Commodore 138
Chevrolet 5.0 L V8
1995 DNF 05 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Tomas Mezera Holden VR Commodore 32
Chevrolet 5.0 L V8
1996 5 05 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Tomas Mezera Holden VR Commodore 160
Chevrolet 5.0 L V8
Super Touring
1997*** 6 05 Australia Vauxhall Sport United Kingdom Derek Warwick Vauxhall Vectra 148
Opel 2.0 L I4
V8 Supercars
1997*** DNF 05 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Mark Skaife Holden VS Commodore 52
Chevrolet 5.0 L V8
2002 23 05 Australia Team Brock New Zealand Craig Baird Holden VX Commodore 136
Holden 5.0 L V8
2004♦ DNF 05 Australia Holden Racing Team United Kingdom Jason Plato Holden VY Commodore 27
Holden 5.0 L V8

* In 1983 the Brock/Perkins #05 car was a DNF due to engine failure on lap 8. He and Larry Perkins then moved into the HDT's #25 Commodore (their winning car from 1982) and won the race with John Harvey. Although he was the third fastest behind his younger brother Peter and John Harvey in qualifying (faster than Perkins), Phil Brock missed out on a drive in the race, despite the race rules at the time allowing four drivers per car.
**In 1987 the Brock/Parsons #05 car was a DNF due to engine failure on lap 34. The pair then joined Peter McLeod in the teams 2nd car and finished 3rd on the road. They were awarded the win after the Eggenberger Ford Sierra's were disqualified in January 1988 for illegal wheel arches. Bathurst rookie (and 1986 Australian Formula 2 champion) Jon Crooke missed driving in the race as a result of Brock/Parsons moving into his car. It was the only time Crooke was an entrant at Bathurst.
*** 1997 saw two Bathurst 1000 races held. The traditional October race was held for Super Touring cars while the November race was run for V8 Supercars. Brock teamed with former Formula One driver Derek Warwick in a Vauxhall Vectra in the Super Touring race (and had his biggest ever accident at Bathurst when he rolled the car at the Caltex Chase during practice), before driving his HRT Commodore with Mark Skaife in the V8 Race.
♦ 2004, Brock's last Bathurst 1000, saw him not actually drive in the race. Co-driver Jason Plato started the race in the #05 Holden VY Commodore, but crash on lap 27 saw the car out of the event before Brock got to drive.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Co-Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1976 31 Gr.5 46 Australia Team Brock Australia Brian Muir
France Jean-Claude Aubriet
BMW 3.5CSL B 156
BMW 3.5L I6
1981 DNS GT 74 Australia Porsche Cars Australia Australia Colin Bond
New Zealand Jim Richards
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR D 0
VW EA831 2.0 L I4
1984 35
DNF
C1 34 Australia Team Australia
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing
Australia Larry Perkins Porsche 956B D 145
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6

Complete World Endurance Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1984 Team Australia
John Fitzpatrick Racing
Porsche 956B MNZ SIL
21
LeM
Ret
NUR BRA MOS SPA IMO FJI KYA SAN NC 0

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987 Mobil HDT P/L Holden VL Commodore SS Group A MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA
Ret
BNO SIL BAT
1*
CLD
8
WEL
5
FJI NC 0

* Despite winning the James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst, Brock scored no World Championship points as he wasn't a registered WTCC competitor.

Media work[edit]

Due to his extraordinary success on the racing track Brock became the Australian racing driver with the highest-profile as he undertook several media commitments. When not racing he often appeared on New Zealand television screens as a presenter; hosting motoring shows such as TV3's Police Stop (1996–1998), and TVNZ's Love that Car (2000). In Australia, Brock hosted a show similar to Police Stop known as Police Camera Action which was shown on the Seven Network (1996-1998).

He was also due to star in a racing film King of the Mountain in early 2007.[14]

Brock has been the subject of several DVD documentaries—The Legend (1997 - updated 2004) [15] Peter Brock - Nine Times a Champion, Holden First Around Australia (Repco Trial VB Commodore)25 Years of HDT Special Vehicles Collectors Edition (2006) and 35 Years on the Mountain (2005).[16]

Personal life[edit]

Relationships[edit]

Brock married Heather Russell in 1967. The marriage ended in divorce two years later.[17]

Several years later, Brock met 1973 Miss Australia pageant winner and Channel Seven weather presenter Michelle Downes. They married in April 1974 and divorced after only one year.[17][18] In 2006, Downes claimed Brock assaulted her on a number of occasions,[19] a claim dismissed by subsequent partner Bev Brock who stressed that while Brock was not always perfect, he was never violent.[20]

Brock next entered into a relationship with Beverly "Bev" McIntosh, the wife of a member of his motor racing team.[17] After two failed marriages Brock was hesitant to marry McIntosh[17] and although the couple never married, Peter always called Bev his "wife", and she changed her surname to Brock by deed poll. They had two children together, Robert and Alexandra. Her oldest, James, is Bev's son from a previous marriage. Bev wrote Peter's biography[21] herself in 2004 after finding most potential authors had incorrect preconceived notions about him. She also expressed a desire to show his human side, to encourage others that they, too, can achieve their goals.[22] "Even Allan Moffat said it's okay for him—it's us mortals that have the problem," she said.[22]

Brock split with Bev in May 2005 after 28 years together. Alexandra gave birth to their grandson Oliver on 28 June 2006, two months before Brock's death.[23] According to Bev, Brock was not an entirely faithful partner. She has described in a book her eventual tiring in the early 1990s of his relationships with "one too many secretaries".[24]

After splitting with Bev, Peter began a relationship with Julie Bamford,[25] whom he had met through his former partner Bev some 20 years previously.[26] Subsequently Bamford's estranged husband Ron McCurdy, who had once been a close friend of Brock's, assaulted Brock during a chance meeting outside the Peter Brock Foundation's office.[26][27]

Lifestyle[edit]

Brock, who lived hard in his early years, changed his lifestyle considerably after the failed 1984 Le Mans attempt left him physically and emotionally drained.[28]

After his return from Le Mans, Brock began to consult Melbourne-based health practitioner Eric Dowker. He gave up alcohol and cigarettes and became a vegetarian; his diet was vegan except for eggs.[11] Previously, his diet had included long held Brock family staples such as Vegemite mixed into mashed potatoes.

Death[edit]

Peter Brock's Daytona Sportscar - the day before the accident.

On 8 September 2006, while driving in the Targa West '06 rally, Brock was 3 kilometres from the finish of the second stage of the race at Gidgegannup, about 40 km from Perth, Western Australia [29] when he skidded off a downhill left-hand bend on Clenton Road for over 50 metres in his 2001 Daytona Sportscar[30] and hit a tree. The 61-year-old Brock was killed instantly. His co-driver, Mick Hone, was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.[31] Video footage of the crash (provided by a fan and the in-car camera) was reviewed by Western Australian police to help determine the cause of the accident. Coroner Alastair Hope decided that his death was caused by high speed and that no coronial inquest would be performed.[32] Due to the high regard in which Brock was held by the Australian community at large, the video has never been released to the public.

Brock's children accepted the offer of a Victorian state funeral, with former partner Bev telling ABC Radio:

"[Brock] was loved. He was in the public eye, and everything had to be done with a flourish and with a bang. It's probably the way he would want to go out, (and) he would want to be remembered."[33]

The editor of Wheels Magazine, Ged Bulmer, said that Brock would be remembered for his nine victories at Bathurst, for "He had a long and very successful career there, he was the 'King of the Mountain' as he came to be known."

Peter Brock in the Daytona Coupe racing in Targa Tasmania 2006

Brock was farewelled with a state funeral[34] at Melbourne's St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral, on 19 September 2006. A permanent memorial was placed at Peter Brock's "home" raceway, Sandown Raceway, on 22 September.[35]

Estate[edit]

Brock left three wills and a complex estate.[36][37][38] The court battle between his family members was protracted and took over three years to complete.[39]

Legacy[edit]

In honour of his achievements and in recognition of his contribution to Australian motorsport, the Bathurst 1000 winner's trophy now carries his name.

The Peter Brock Trophy was first incorporated for the 2006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. The race was won by Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup driving a Ford BA Falcon. Most race fans saw this as fitting as Lowndes had long been regarded as Brock's protégé.

Awards[edit]

In addition to his racing championships, Brock's efforts to society have been recognised in various ways:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Ray Kershler (9 September 2006). "Nine Wins Made Brock the Bradman of Bathurst and a household name". The Saturday Daily Telegraph (News Ltd). p. 46. 
  7. ^ Craig Bellamy, Gordon Chisholm, Hilary Eriksen (17 February 2006). "Moomba: A festival for the people.:". City of Melbourne. pp. 17–22. Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. 
  8. ^ Scott, Phil (September 1984). "Brock at Le Mans". Wheels Magazine (Australian Consolidated Press). 
  9. ^ a b c David Robertson (19 February 1987). "Holden's, Brock fall out over energy box". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 3. 
  10. ^ Steve Colquhoun. "Polariser, HDT drawn together again". Brisbanetimes.drive.com.au. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  11. ^ a b "Interview transcript". Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. 18 July 2005. 
  12. ^ Bolton, Andrew. "I'd rather a Lada!" (Review excerpts from Australian motoring magazines). Archived from the original on 20 May 2003. Retrieved 2006-09-15. 
  13. ^ Walsh, Terry. "EA-series Ford Falcons, Fairmont Ghias, Fairlanes and Mavericks.". Archived from the original on 1 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-20. 
  14. ^ Staff author (21 July 2006). "Pete in a panorama". Herald Sun - Carsguide (News Ltd). pp. G19. 
  15. ^ "Peter Brock - The Legend (220439)". EzyDVD. 2013-04-22. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  16. ^ "Peter Brock - The Legend: 35 Years On The Mountain - Collector's Edition (2 Disc Set)". Ezydvd.com.au. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  17. ^ a b c d Ray Kershler & Rupert Guinness (15 October 2005). "Wives in the fast lane". The Daily Telegraph (News Ltd). p. 31. 
  18. ^ "Miss Australia Divorce". The Daily Mirror. 4 August 1975. 
  19. ^ "Brock beat me and forced abortion, says ex-wife". The Age. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. ^ Tuohy, Wendy (6 October 2012). "Ex-partner Bev Brock reveals Australia's motor racing pin-up w". news.com.au. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Brock, Bev (2004). Peter Brock: Living with a Legend. Sydney: Macmillan Australia. 
  22. ^ a b Stanford, James (30 October 2004). "Brocky marriage". Herald Sun (News Ltd). p. W29. 
  23. ^ Mike Edmonds, Luke Dennehy & Chloe Adams (3 May 2005). "Brock to drive solo". Herald Sun (News Ltd). p. 20. 
  24. ^ Bodey, Michael; Buckley-Carr, Alana (12 September 2006). "Brock's affair shattered my family: mate". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 2006-09-16. 
  25. ^ Rebehah Devlin, Andrew Capel & Doug Robertson (10 October 2005). "Brock's new model". The Advertiser (News Ltd). p. 44. 
  26. ^ a b Power, Emily (17 March 2006). "Brock feud erupts: Jilted man comes out swinging". Herald Sun (News Ltd). p. 17. 
  27. ^ Haberfield, Ian (2 July 2006). "Brock 'had it coming': Jilted husband has no regrets". Sunday Herald Sun (News Ltd). p. 4. 
  28. ^ Fogarty, Mark (10 September 2006). "Brock at ease with public role". Melbourne: The Age. Retrieved 2006-09-15. 
  29. ^ "Australian Motor Racing Legend Dies in Targa West". Confederation of Australian Motorsport. 8 September 2006. Archived from the original on 17 March 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Racing legend Brock killed in car crash". ABC News. 8 September 2006. Archived from the original on 24 October 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  31. ^ "Peter Brock killed in crash". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 September 2006. 
  32. ^ Taylor, Paige (20 March 2008). "No inquest into Brock race death". News.com.au. 
  33. ^ "State funeral for Brock". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Allan Moffat
Winner of the Bathurst 500
1972
Succeeded by
Allan Moffat
Ian Geoghegan
Preceded by
Allan Moffat
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1974
Succeeded by
Colin Bond
Preceded by
John Goss
Kevin Bartlett
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1975
(with Brian Sampson)
Succeeded by
Bob Morris
John Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
Allan Moffat
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1978
Succeeded by
Bob Morris
Preceded by
Allan Moffat
Jacky Ickx
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1978, 1979 & 1980
(with Jim Richards)
Succeeded by
Dick Johnson
John French
Preceded by
Bob Morris
Winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship
1980
Succeeded by
Dick Johnson
Preceded by
Dick Johnson
John French
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1982, 1983 & 1984
(with Larry Perkins and John Harvey [1983 only])
Succeeded by
John Goss
Armin Hahne
Preceded by
Allan Grice
Graeme Bailey
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1987
(with David Parsons & Peter McLeod)
Succeeded by
Tony Longhurst
Tomas Mezera
Records
Preceded by
Allan Moffat
25 wins
(19641988)
Most ATCC round wins
26
(19732004),
26th win at Round 3 of the 1982 Australian Touring Car Championship
Succeeded by
Allan Moffat
32 wins
(19641988)
Preceded by
Allan Moffat
32 wins
(19641988)
Most ATCC round wins
37
(19732004),
33rd win at Round 8 of the 1989 Australian Touring Car Championship
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
42 wins
(19872011)