Collection of racing legend Peter Brock’s cars headed for auction

A car collection spanning the career of Australian V8 Supercar legend Peter Brock will be sold off in individual lots this September

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More than 30 of Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock’s cars are going under the hammer in September, including his ‘comeback’ Commodore raced at Bathurst in 2002.

The cars had been accumulated by Brock’s long-time friend Peter Champion and until recently were part of the ‘Brock’s Garage’ display at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast. Champion recently sold the cars to an unknown buyer who now is selling them off individually.

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Nine-time Bathurst winner Brock was killed driving in the Targa West ‘06 rally about 40km from Perth, Western Australia. The Daytona Coupe in which Brock was killed has been retained by Champion.

The cars available for auction will include his black Team Brock VX Commodore in which he made his V8 Supercars comeback at Bathurst in 2002.

The range also includes the 1982 and ‘83 Bathurst-winning Commodore VH (a hybrid with ’82 livery but ’83 bodykit) and one of the iconic '84 ‘Big Banger’ day-glo Commodore VKs. Brock's '87 Mobil Commodore VL, the last race car produced by the Holden Dealer Team, is also part of the auction.

Other highlights include Brock’s 1995 Mobil 1 Trial Commodore VR, his Targa Tasmania Monaros and Holden Ute, a Mobil-liveried RS500 Sierra Cosworth, the XU-1 Torana Brock drove in his last circuit race at Symmons Plains in 2004 and the Austin A30 replica built by his son James Brock in 1997.

A range of tribute and replica cars are also part of the collection.

Brock’s younger brother Phil described the decision to sell the cars as ‘a bit of a pity’.

‘Pete’s still got a huge amount of fans out there and that's what the cars should be there for, is for them to peruse,’ he told ABC News.

Conversely, Brock’s former partner Bev said she understood the reasons behind the decision to split the Brock collection up.

‘It will be very sad to see it split up, but the reality is those cars cost a lot of money and who’s got the money these days to go splurging on a complete collection,’ she said.

‘The reality is they were all Peter's cars, they will always in essence be Peter’s cars and anyone who is going to spend that amount of money on a car is going to look after it.’

Formula 1 world champion Alan Jones also supported the move. ‘I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for individuals to have a piece of motor racing history,’ he said.

Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers, who have been chosen to auction off the collection, said it would be hard to pinpoint how much the cars will fetch but added that some estimate around A$10m.

‘We have already had a lot of Holden enthusiasts, racing enthusiasts, Peter Brock enthusiasts [making enquiries],’ noted Lloyds’ Head Car Curator Rian Gaffy, ‘they’re everywhere and even a lot of investors from Australia and New Zealand [are making enquiries].’

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