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Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:21 pm

A tragic week if confirmed.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/...rash/2006/09/08/1157222310976.html

For those who want more information on Peter Brock.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Brock
 
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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:30 pm

He (like Steve) went out doing what he loved. Happy Motoring in the great beyond Peter!!
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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:46 pm

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.

May he rest in peace.
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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:53 pm

 Sad 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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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:01 pm

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  confused  ........ what next can happen

RIP Peter - you and Holden went arm in arm.

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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:08 pm

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 2):
Brocky is a motorsports legend just like Mario Andretti

  
Very sad news yet another Great Australian is gone
RIP Peter

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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 4:43 pm

I am in shock....

I was at Bathurst in 1972 for his first Victory there.. and I was there the last time he raced there as well...

Damn.... not sure what else to say.
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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:03 pm

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.
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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:14 pm

Essendon - Whatever it takes......
 
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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:20 pm

I saw him at Bathurst in 1997.

Damn shame, but at least he went doing something he loved.

RIP No. 05

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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:44 am

Really sad indeed. Goodbye to the King of the Mountain. I imagine that at the Bathurst 1000 next month there will be massive tributes.

Quoting Melpax (Reply 7):
2 Aussie legends gone in a week & both died doing what they loved.

These things happen in 3s I wonder who's next.
 
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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:45 am

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 10):
These things happen in 3s I wonder who's next.

We lost Don Chipp last week. He may not have been a high profile showmen like Brock or Irwin but you can't deny the guy was as passionate about his cause as Brock or Irwin.
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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:16 pm

RIP Peter Brock You were a LEGEND!!!
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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:27 pm

Man... unreal week in Australia. First Irwin, and now this...

I've seen Brockie drive the mountain before (on TV), and he looked like a natural on one of the most difficult tracks on the planet.

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RE: Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies

Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:59 pm

RIP Brocky.
He was a legend and a gentleman. Always had time for the fans and the kids.

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 10):
Really sad indeed. Goodbye to the King of the Mountain. I imagine that at the Bathurst 1000 next month there will be massive tributes.

Will be the biggest Bathurst ever I'd say and there will be a full on tribute to Brocky no doubt! Maybe all the surviving 05 cars coming out to do some laps?

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 10):
These things happen in 3s I wonder who's next.

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.
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