The world’s largest Peter Brock Collection is officially online and accepting bids for what is expected to be one of the most iconic events in Australian motor racing history. Let’s take a look at one of the iconic Race Cars up for auction as part of the Brock Collection.
1987 Holden VL Group A “Race Car”
This is the car that marked the end of an era for Peter Brock. This very car was the last Holden Commodore race car built by Brock’s HDT.
1987 was a year of great turmoil for Brock and his HDT Racing organisation after his very public split from Holden. But heading into the 1987 season Brock still had the support of key sponsors Mobil and Bridgestone and the opportunity of the newly created World Touring Car Championship with local rounds at Bathurst and Calder.
The VL model Commodore was the second evolution of an eventual four Group A Commodore homologation specials. It was powered by a carburetor-fed 4.9 litre, 308 cubic inch V8 engine, with five speed Getrag gearbox.
This car debuted in the Pepsi 250 endurance race at Oran Park in Sydney in August 1987, with Brock and David ‘Skippy’ Parsons driving. The duo also raced it at the Castrol 500 at Sandown, the traditional lead-up race to Bathurst.
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In the 1987 James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst, Brock qualified this car in 11th position on the grid, but the engine let go early in the race.
Famously, Brock took over the team’s second car, #10 and together with Parsons and Peter McLeod finished third on the road, later being elevated to victory when the top two-finishing Ford Sierras were excluded. This would be Brock’s record ninth and final victory in the October Bathurst classic – a mark that still stands to this day.
Brock raced this car in the following World Touring Car Championship rounds at Calder in Melbourne and Wellington in New Zealand and had his last race in it at the 1987 Adelaide Grand Prix. Holden fans would have to endure 1197 days before Brock would race a Holden touring car again.
So widespread was the appeal of the last HDT built Brock race car that it was sold to England and competed in the British Touring Car Championship, before returning to Australia some years later and restoration to its Bathurst specification.
Brock and son James raced this car in a unique ‘father and son’ challenge against Dick and Steven Johnson at the 2002 Melbourne Grand Prix.
Information Source: Lloyds Classic Car Auctions