Motor Sporting Champion & Australian Legend
Name = Peter Brock
Date of Birth = 26th February 1945
Resides = Melbourne Australia
Marital Status = Wife – Beverly
Sons = Robert and Jamie
Daughter = Alexandra
Occupation = Professional Race Driver (Retired)
Team = MHRT (Mobil Holden Racing Team)
Vehicle = Holden Commodore VS
Peter Geoffrey Brock otherwise known as “Peter Perfect”, “King of the Mountain” or simply as “Brocky” was a prominent Australian all-round motor racing driver. He is considered to be a legend in Australian motor racing sport and was closely associated with Holden for almost 40 years. He won the Bathurst 1000 endurance race nine times, the Sandown 500 touring car race nine times and the Australian Touring Car Championship three times. One of his early successes was to become the 1970 Australian Rallycross champion. 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 Holdens.
Brock was born in the Victorian country town of Hurstbridge (now an outer suburb of Melbourne) and continued to live there throughout his life. He attended Eltham High School. His first car was an Austin 7 that he bought for 5 pounds (A$10). He ended up blunting his mother’s axe trying to fix the chassis. His driving skill improved greatly at this point of his life because the car didn’t have brakes. He ended up trying to stop the car by sliding and anticipating the line.
During his early career Brock raced some “wild and woolly” creations including the famous blue 6-cylinder Holden-powered Austin A30, nevertheless Brock rose to public attention in touring car racing.
In 1969 he raced in the Bathurst 500-as it was then known-Australia’s most prestigious endurance road race and won it for the first time in 1972. Brock would win the event a total of nine times between 1972 and 1987, this feat has not been exceeded by any other driver. His 1979 win was remarkable in that he claimed the flag by six laps, a record that continues to stand, and broke the circuit lap record on his final lap. In 32 starts at Bathurst he claimed pole position a record six times. His record at this race earned him the titles King of the Mountain and the Bradman of Bathurst (after cricketer Don Bradman) although Brock himself cared little for the second nickname.
Brocky’s Career Continued…
Along with his record, at the Bathurst race, Brock also claimed victory in the Sandown 500 race nine times, including a string of seven consecutive wins. He won a total of 37 races during his career in the Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercar championship, a record only eventually equalled by Mark Skaife in 2006.
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 Sir Jack Brabham, Alan Jones and “Gentleman” Jim Richards.
Brock and the Holden Dealer Team began to work together in partnership. Together, with full factory approval and assistance, they produced a number of high-performance modifications to the Commodores from 1980 to
1988, some of which were “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, including his incredible six-lap victory in the 1979 event.
Unlike several other Australian drivers, Brock did not seek a full-time racing career outside Australia. He did attempt the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice in privateer vehicles, in 1976 in a BMW 3.0CSL and in 1984 in a Porsche 956. His car failed on both occasions. He also won the 1979 Repco Round Australia trial, a long-distance endurance race featuring some dirt road sections completely different to the circuit racing where he made his name.
Brock also worked with the Victorian authorities promoting the campaign against drink driving. The most obvious sign of this association was the racecar number 05 which related to the 0.05% blood alcohol limit in Victoria. Most cars he raced in, regardless of the motor racing division, bore this number.