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Australian Racing Legend Peter Brock Dies in Crash

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Fate caught Australia unawares yet again earlier today. Beloved race driver Peter Brock — nine-time winner of the Bathurst 1000 — was killed in an accident during the Targa West Rally in Western Australia. It happened in Gidgegannup, about 40 kilometres east of Perth, where according to local police, Brock lost control of his Daytona racer during a sweeping bend and slammed into a tree. His co-driver Mick Hone was hospitalized and is in stable condition. As it was explained to us, Brock — known as "King of the Mountain" for his Bathurst dominance in the 1970s and 1980s — is remembered as a supremely skilled and competitive driver who endeared himself to fellow drivers and fans with a natural charm. We'd imagine more than a few rounds of Victoria Bitter are being downed in his honor. [Thanks to David for the tip.]



Racing legend Brock killed in car crash [ABC News (UK)]

All Manner of Vintage Iron Showin' Up at Bathurst [internal]


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I grew up in New Zealand and watched Brocky and the Holden Racing Team dominate the Bathurst 1000 for years. This loss will hit Australian's even harder than Steve Irwin's tragic accident, the man was a legend for his precise driving (Peter Perfect) on an extremely challenging track—one long section is know as "Conrod Straight" after it caused an engine failure. Fierce competitive rivalry between Brock and other drivers made for great drama.

A very sad week for Australians indeed.