Memorial service planned for Peter Brock at Bathurst

MEMORABILIA: Peter Brock's 1984 Holden Commdore VK, which he raced in the Bathurst 1000, is on display at the National Motor Racing Museum. Photo: BRADLEY JURD 090116bjbrock1
MEMORABILIA: Peter Brock's 1984 Holden Commdore VK, which he raced in the Bathurst 1000, is on display at the National Motor Racing Museum. Photo: BRADLEY JURD 090116bjbrock1

ORANGE’S motorsport fans will get a chance to pay tribute to an icon when Bathurst Regional Council hosts a memorial service for Peter Brock.

To be held on September 8, the ceremony will commemorate 10 years since the motor racing driver’s death.

The service will celebrate Brock’s life and his achievements, including his record nine wins in the Bathurst 1000. 

Brian Nightingale, who raced against Brock in the 1980s, said there was no one else like Brock.

“The fans loved Brock,” Mr Nightingale said.

“He stayed behind for hours just to sign autographs.”

Mr Nightingale said Brock was a gentleman on and off the track, whose legacy was important for Bathurst.

“He’s [Brock] done a lot to help people around,” Mr Nightingale said.  

“He put us on the map and was always asking about what was happening.” 

Bathurst mayor Gary Rush said the service will pay tribute to Brock’s legacy to motor sport.

“Bathurst has permanent reminders of the Brock legacy: the Peter Brock wing at the National Motor Racing Museum and the Brock statue at the museum,” Cr Rush said.

“He is an integral part of our motor racing history and one that will long be remembered by motor racing fans.”

The service will be held at the National Motor Racing Museum, which hosts some of Brock’s memorabilia.

The Holden Commodore VK from the 1984 Bathurst 1000 is on display.

It is the car in which Brock (with co-driver Larry Perkins) won his eighth Bathurst 1000. 

Some other features include his Peugeot MI 16 from the 1992 12-hour and his VB Commodore Trial Car from 1979. 

The service will be attended by numerous representatives from Supercars, including commentator Greg Rust, who will MC the event, and Supercars chaplain Garry Coleman.

A life-sized statue of Brock holding the James Hardie trophy, while standing on top of his 1984 Holden VK Commodore, is in front of the museum. 

Brock tragically died in a rally car crash in Western Australia 10 years ago. 

Cr Rush will also be in attendance at the memorial service and more guests are to be confirmed closer to the date.

The memorial service will be held at 10am at the National Motor Racing Museum, next to the Brock statue.

This story Service to mark Brock’s legacy first appeared on Central Western Daily.