BEFORE it actually happened, the idea of Peter Brock dying in a car seemed as absurd as Bjorn Borg being killed by a tennis racquet.
Peter Perfect and cars were simply simpatico and he looked more at home moving at great speed than he did sitting still.
There were possibly times when some red-blooded Holden fans wished he might be damaged while dallying with Fords, or even Volvos, but in the end he died, tragically and inexplicably, in a car made up largely of Commodore SS bits.
The Daytona Coupe he was driving when he hit a tree while competing in the Targa West rally on September 8, 2006, was, as Brock put it himself in an interview the day before, “a beautifully designed local car with a retro body on it”.
The car was owned, and built, by Motec boss Richard Bendell and was a reproduction of the 1964 Shelby Daytona coupe (which was designed, ironically enough, by an American also named Peter Brock). While it featured a unique spaceframe chassis, its steering column, brakes, diff, wheels and controls were all from a Commodore SS.
Brocky, who was 61, was killed instantly by the impact with the tree, and the car was totalled. It has since been fully restored – at a rumoured cost of more than $150,000 – and been displayed since 2010 at Peter Champion’s Brock Experience in Queensland.
Since then the Daytona Coupe, along with the rest of Champion’s Brock collection, has been up for sale. Which just doesn’t seem right. Someone call Lindsay Fox.
UNFULFILLED PLANS Brocky apparently had bigger plans for his Daytona drive than just sliding around West Au stralian backroads. It was reportedly his hope to run the car in the Bathurst 12 Hour, and at the Nurburgring in Germany.
HIS NAM E LIVES ON Daytona Sports Cars Australia is still a going concern, operating in very small numbers, and as a mark of respect all cars built since his death wear special Peter Brock plaques in his memory.