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    Peter Brock is dead

    MOTOR racing champion driver Peter Brock, 61, has been killed in a racing accident in WA, police confirmed today.

    The nine-time Bathurst 1000 "King of the Mountain'' winner died when his car slammed into a tree during the 2006 Targa West rally in Gidgegannup, east of Perth.

    Brock, one of the legends of Australian motor-racing, was the event's star attraction. He retired from full-time driving in 1997.

    A WA police spokesman said: "It's absolutely mayhem out there at the moment,'' referring to the crash site.

    Known as "Brocky'' to his many fans, the Victorian champion was famous for his success driving Commodores for the Mobil Holden Racing Team.

    It is believed Brock was driving with Mick Hone in a Daytona Coupe. The exact circumstances of the accident remain unclear.

    The Targa West takes place over four days and is divided into two categories, competition and challenge, the latter catering for relatively standard specification road cars.

    The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) confirmed the accident occurred about 11.50am, Perth time.

    Brock's co-driver, believed to be Mick Hone, has been taken to hospital in a stable condition.

    CAMS said it would conduct a full investigation into the incident.

    In the meantime, CAMS and event officials were working with the relevant civil authorities.

    "On behalf of the motor sport community, CAMS offers its sincere sympathy to Peter's family and many friends," the statement said.

    The Targa rally began in Perth yesterday.

    Though retired from motor racing, Brock still drove a lot of race cars.

    In a recent interview the popular motor racing champ said: "I thoroughly enjoy the idea of getting into a car and driving very quickly. But if you're asking if I want to get into a race car and beat other guys, I'm not really up for that,'' he said in June last year.

    "With that view I enjoy it, and I don't think I need to stop until they take away my licence.''

    Apart from that, it's also a healthy interest (and distraction) during a rough period of his life.

    Brock split with former wife Bev two years ago and was forced to sell his Victorian country home last June.

    "You always like fresh, exciting projects. It's opening doors to new friends and new opportunities,'' Brock says.

    "I've taken back control of my life. It's taken 18 months, but here I am now, making monumental decisions about my own life.''

    "Brock says the sale of his Nutfield home has not made him rich, but is enjoying the freedom of being debt-free for the first time in 30 years. He says he is very happy thanks to his new love interest, Julie Bamford.

    "Having Julie there means life is so good. It's taken a long time to be happy. For too many years I've been guilty of assuming things would fall into place instead of concentrating on getting it right myself.''

    PETER BROCK'S TRACK RECORD

    BORN: February 26, 1945, in Richmond.
    FIRST RACE: Austin A30 at Winton Raceway in 1967.
    FIRST BATHURST RACE: 1969 in a Holden Monaro.
    BATHURST WINS: Nine.
    FIRST BATHURST WIN: 1974 in a Holden Torana L34.
    LAST BATHURST WIN: 1987 Holden VL Commodore.
    LAST BATHURST RACE: 2002 in a Holden Commodore.
    AUSTRALIAN TOURING CAR CHAMPION: 1974, 1978 and 1980.
    AUSTRALIAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: 210 including 185 for Holden, 16 for Ford and six for BMW.
    TOTAL WINS: 37, including 32 for Holden, two for Ford.
    1989: Left Holden and started racing for BMW and then Ford before returning to Holden in 1994. Had a brief stint also racing a Volvo Super Touring car in 1996.
    1980: Awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to motor sport.
    1986: King of Moomba.
    1997: Retired from V8 Supercar racing, but returned for a one-off race at Bathurst in 2002.
    2000 and 2004: Athlete liaison for Australian Olympic team.
    2003: Won the Bathurst 24-Hour race in a 427 Monaro.
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    Bad week for Ozzie hero's

    After Steve's unfortunate death its been reported today that Peter Brock has died, Peter is not as well known outside Australia as Steve but he's a National sports hero. The guys well into his 50's and still competing. has string of victories to his name incl The bathurst touring car race. Another sad loss.
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    What a shame. I alway liked Brockie.

    He was a good sort too.

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    I've never heard of the guy but from reading MM's thread it would seem that he died doing what he loved....I'm not sure if this means anything, the poor bloke's dead....but at least it wasn't through an illness or a crime.....I've decided, it doesn't mean anything - the poor bloke's dead.
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    rolf harris and dame edna must be a little concerned right now

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    Threads merged.

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    Imagine if you merged irwin with brock in real life, that would be downright scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    Imagine if you merged irwin with brock in real life, that would be downright scary!
    Well the parts are available now if anyone wants to give it a shot.

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    well if it had happened steve would still be a live, I mean what stingray would be able to chase down a swimmer with a 6 ltr V8 as a heart?

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    A WOMAN has been charged with stealing a souvenir from Peter Brock's crashed car while collecting the racing legend's body for the Coroner in the Perth hills.

    Brock, 61, died when his high-powered Daytona Coupe left the road and slammed side-on into a tree during the Targa West road rally near Perth on September 8 last year.

    Police allege they have found a piece of fibreglass from the wreck, emblazoned with Brock's racing number 05, at the woman's home in Carlisle.

    The woman was employed as part of the team which recovered Mr Brock's body and transferred it to the State Mortuary.

    Police spokeswoman Ros Weatherall said: "It will be alleged that the woman was employed by a company under contract by the State Government to attend such an incident and convey the deceased person to the State Mortuary on behalf of the Coroner’s Office.

    "At around 2.05pm, the woman attended at the scene and removed a piece of fibreglass emblazoned with the number ‘05’.

    "A search warrant carried out on the woman’s house located this missing part.''

    Brock's record nine wins in Australian motor sport's best-known event, the Bathurst 1000, won him the moniker King Of The Mountain and status far beyond that of any of his contemporaries.

    She has been summonsed to appear in the Midland Magistrate's Court on April 4.

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