Honouring Peter Brock
When the news filtered through on Friday, September 8, that the
“King of the Mountain” (“Peter Perfect”)
had lost his life rallying in Australia, it was one of those items
of news that was difficult to take in.
There he was enjoying himself on a rally in Western
Australia – but his car hit a tree at some speed, and Brockie
was gone. His co-driver, Mick Hone, was injured in the crash, but
is reported to be in a stable condition.
won the Bathurst 1000 nine times, so it is entirely appropriate
that the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 next month (October 5-8)
will be dedicated to the memory of the great man. Here he is on
the podium at that circuit, after winning the 24 Hours in 2003.
1000 race winners will receive the Peter Brock Trophy on October
8, while the front row of the grid will be left empty, to acknowledge
Brock’s six pole positions at the Bathurst event.
All the teams in the race will be provided with
05 decals – Brock’s number, of course - to apply to
"One of the things that we are very conscious
of is that Peter would not have wanted any changes made to the format
of the Great Race as first and foremost he was a fierce competitor,”
comments V8 Supercars Chairman Tony Cochrane
"By naming the trophy we forever honour his
name. I dare say that no-one will ever match his record at Mount
Panorama so there is no more fitting tribute than for the winners
of the race to be afforded the honour."
The organisers are currently seeking out as any
of the cars that Brock drove to victory at Bathurst as possible.
Peter Brock's son James, former co-drivers Brian Sampson, Jim Richards,
Larry Perkins, John Harvey, David Parsons, Peter McLeod, Mark Skaife
and Craig Lowndes are likely to drive these machines in a lap of
honour at the Bathurst 1000.
Peter Brock will be honoured with a state funeral
next week - at St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne, on Tuesday
19 September, with a memorial service to follow at Sandown Raceway
on Friday 22 September.
24 crowd remembered the great man with this addition to the livery
of the ASM Ford Falcon last weekend.