HKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
Brocky is a motorsports legend just like Mario Andretti - neither of them could keep away from driving cars fast, well after their retirement from full-time professional motorsports.
Brocky's profile as a racing driver, even well after his retirement, is greater than any other current motor racing name locally - he has truly transcended his (niche) sport to be a true Australian icon. To say he is Australia's Dale Earnhardt would be an understatement - he is always known as the driver in car 05.
Unfortunately motor racing has come back to bite Brocky. How sad. I never watched him race until his twilight years with Holden Racing Team (it's worth remembering he was the one who brought HRT back to prominence in the mid-90s). He has certainly done a lot for motorsports here in Australia.
DavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2170 times:
Really sad news. I have to admit (pardon my ignorance) I've heard the name before, but I wasn't terribly familiar with Mr. Brock. Perhaps I'd know him if I heard his voice. However he sounds like a legend, and an inspiration to motor sports. Even though he retired in 97 it sounds like he still had a strong desire to compete in motor racing. It's something you're born with and cannot be turned off I imagine. RIP Mr. Brock. Clear skies forever.
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KiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2166 times:
Another Aussie icon gone.......... what a bloody awful month this has turned out to be here in Australia. Three in one month Don Chipp - a gutsy former politician, Steve Irwin, and now Aussie's motor racing legend ........ what next can happen
Melpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2113 times:
Very sad news. A work colleague got an email from her husband when the news broke - we thought it was a joke at first, given what happened to steve Irwin, then others started getting emails.
Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 2): Brocky's profile as a racing driver, even well after his retirement, is greater than any other current motor racing name locally - he has truly transcended his (niche) sport to be a true Australian icon. To say he is Australia's Dale Earnhardt would be an understatement - he is always known as the driver in car 05.
Brocky was also a passionate road saftey campaigner. His 05 number comes from .05, the legal blood alchool limit here in Victoria & elsewhere in Australia. He started racing with the 05 number when the limit was introduced in the mid 70's
2 Aussie legends gone in a week & both died doing what they loved.
hmmm well you've had the tv celeb, had the motorsport legend, next perhaps a musician? If its thing in 3's about icons then the balance would be Kylie Minogue I would say in terms of their places in Australian culture.