Peter Brock represented a shining example that
people can achieve their dreams no matter what their material circumstance
and upbringing. There are no barriers except the limitations we place on
ourselves. He grew up in a small country town with no special benefits and
proceeded to live his dreams.
He represented purity of spirit; people said he glowed. I saw this over and over. I believe this came from his angelic nature.
His intentions were pure. He always wished looked for the best for others, even when treated unfairly or harshly.
He possessed the ability to inspire trust; this is a mark of true leadership. Throughout his career he was surrounded by extraordinary loyalty and commitment. Many of you in this gathering will understand what I mean.
He inspired the faith that we can deal with and overcome adversity; he was never daunted by the obstacles which confronted him.
He reminded us that that no person is more important than another, the little child, the disabled, the disenfranchised, the business and political leader, all stood as one in Peter’s eyes, and he gave them his gift of love in equal measure.
His gift of communication was extraordinary. Who else can inspire, an Olympic athlete, an addict, an anger-filled teenager, a racing car driver, an artist, a cricketer or a 6 year child to peddle a bicycle over this last steep hill. When the Peter Brock Foundation conducted a community bicycle ride to promote the construction of a safe and beautiful nature trail, he cycled last, encouraging the little ones to finish. Those children from Hurstbridge Primary School wept when they heard of his passing. Somehow he was able to see inside them all and offer them the encouragement to believe in themselves.
He did not believe in Band-Aids, he believed in providing the tools for the individual to cope, overcome and move on.
An old friend sent me this reading from the Bhagavad Gita
“Who can slay the immortal spirit?
Finite bodies have an end, but that which possesses the body is infinite, illimitable, eternal, and indestructible.”
Thank you for your support and I pray that all of us will work to bring his vision into reality. A better world.
|THE STORY SO FAR...|
|No other driver in the
history of Australian motor racing can challenge the record of Peter Brock,
who has dominated the sport for the last three decades.
While Brock's phenomenal tally of ten victories at Bathurst has been well chronicled, he has also held more pole positions and won more races than any other driver since the inception of the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1960.
Peter Brock was born with motor racing in his blood. His great-great-uncle, Henry James, was a founder of the RACV and organised Australia's first motor sport event - the 1905 Sydney to Melbourne reliability trial. Peter made his race track debut in a home made sports sedan, built in a Wattle Glen henhouse during 1967. This unruly beast, a two door Austin A30 with a large Holden engine put Brock on the map with more than 100 victories including the Australian Sports Sedan Championship.
In 1969, the manager of the newly formed Holden Dealer
Team, Harry Firth, gave Brock his break with an offer to drive at Bathurst
in a Monaro GTS 350. At his first effort he was placed third outright. In
1972, driving solo in a Torana XU1, Brock went on to win his first Bathurst
title. His record ten victories have seen ‘Peter Perfect’ become better
known as the "King of the Mountain".
In 1980, in response to market demands from Holden
Dealers throughout Australasia, Brock established the Special Vehicles unit
to modify a base model Holden. This was the start of a very successful
partnership with GMH, where in excess of 4000 ‘Brock Special’ vehicles were
built, highly valued and prized to this day.
In 1997, Brock retired from full-time V8 Supercar
racing after an outstanding career where he was applauded as one of
Australia's sporting greats, and an internationally recognized motor racing
hero. The UK ‘Motor Sport’ magazine rated Peter Brock in the top twenty most
exciting drivers of all time, a list which included the likes of Senna,
Schumacher, Fangio and Nuvolari. A huge accolade. In another recent
authoritative UK publication, he was voted the second greatest touring car
driver of all time.
Peter continues to pursue his interest in one-off events of a charitable nature and some historic and targa-style tarmac racing, and to be constructive in spreading the road safety message. He remains active as an ambassador for his many loyal sponsors who have supported him throughout his motor racing career. In 1998 Peter accepted an invitation to join the Board of the Australian Grand Prix which is responsible for both the Australian Grand Prix and the Australian Moto GP.
Retirement means little spare time for Peter Brock who
since launching the PETER BROCK FOUNDATION in 1997 has provided support to a
wide range of community programs with particular emphasis on the aspiring,
yet less fortunate youth.
Peter's motivational and speaking skills are in great demand. He is regularly called upon to address meetings, conventions and conferences for a diverse range of companies in the business, educational, sporting, governmental, and charity communities.
His message of unblemished positivity, driven by inspired and thoughtful life choices, regardless of background, is a view which can be embraced by all.
Bathurst Enduro wins (10): 1972, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980,1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 2003 (Bathurst 24hr Race)
Sandown Enduro wins (9): 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984
Repco Round Australia Trial Winner: 1979
Australian Touring Car Championship
Australian Touring Car Champion (3): 1974, 1978, 1980
ATCC runner-up (5): 1973, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1990.
Most ATCC Pole Positions: Peter Brock – 57
Most ATCC Wins : Peter Brock - 37 (2nd – 46, 3rd – 27)
Debut: Round 2, 1972 - Calder
Starts: 205 - 180 Holden; 16 Ford; 9 BMW (ATCC record)
Points Scored: 2657 (ATCC record)
ATCC Pole Positions: 57 (52 Holden, 5 Ford - ATCC record)
ATCC first Pole: Round 1, 1973 - Symmonds Plains (Holden Torana GTR XU1)
Last Pole: October 1997, Primus 1000 (Holden Commodore VS)
Poles in succession: 13 (Round 4, 1979 – Round 8 1980, ATCC record)
ATCC First Win: Round 5, 1973 - Surfers Paradise (Holden Torana GTR XU1)
Last Win: Round 8, 1997 - Wanneroo (Holden Commodore VS)
ATCC wins from Pole: 22 (ATCC record)
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