Peter Brock Anniversary
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Phil Costello (03) 6334 8888
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the tragic death of one of Australia's finest motor racing drivers, Peter Brock.
As a timely tribute the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania located at 86 Cimitiere st. Launceston presents the Brock 05 theme display.
Peter Brock often referred to as Peter Perfect, The King of the Mountain or simply Brocky rose to fame during the 1970's and became a household name with his performances on race tracks around Australia.
Brock won the Bathurst 1000 race nine times, the Sandown 500 race nine times and was Australian Touring Car Champion three times.
His business activities after 1980 centered around the development of the Holden Dealer Team and the newly established special vehicles division which under Brocks leadership developed high performance road going Holden Commodores.
These cars were built in the VC, VH, VK and VL Commodore models and featured performance and handling upgrades offered at varying levels to suit the prospective buyer.
All models are featured in the Brock 05 display with some excellent original examples on show.
Brock's road going Commodores were rated highly by motoring journalists alongside some of the world's best luxury and performance sedans.
Today they remain prized collectables from an era in Australian motoring often overshadowed by the muscle cars of the 70's and one in which Ford produced little to match the collectability of the mighty GT Falcons from the decade before.
Brock's much publicized split with Holden over his energy polarizer surfaced after the introduction of the VL model, he later set up Austech Automotive Developments to build a small number of Fords, initially planning a production run of 500 only around 130 were produced.
Applying his trademark improvements in engine performance and road holding to predominantly the Falcon range these cars have a unique place in the history of the Holden Legends past.
An immaculate original Falcon also features as part of BROCK 05.
Of course no display highlighting Peter Brocks career would be complete without example of his sensational race cars.
Both Torana's on display figured in Brocks rise to become Australia's greatest touring car driver.
Brock claimed his first Australian Touring Car Championship in 1974 and the car that earned him the title, the sensational XU1 Torana, is a fitting centrepiece.
One of this countries more famous race cars the XU1 is also remembered as the car that lost the 1973 great race after it ran out of fuel leaving co-driver Doug Chivas the agonising job of pushing the car up pit lane.
Alongside the XU1 is the car Brock put on pole position at Bathurst in 1974, this L34 Torana went on to win the 1975 Australian Touring Car Championship and also finished 3rd outright at Bathurst in 1975 and second in 1976 in the hands of Colin Bond.
Peter Brocks sensational performances on the race track, his dedication to the sport that made him a household name and his respect and love for his legions of fans will ensure his memory will live on in the hearts of so many.
The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania's Brock 05 theme display will be on show until June 29th.