Peter Cham­pion

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story would be in­com­plete with­out in­put from Big Banger VK owner and mod­ern day HDT Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle’s pro­pri­etor Peter Cham­pion.

It was Cham­pion’s VK that AMC fea­tured on is­sue #18’s cover back in 2005. And last year ‘Brock’s Best Car’ is­sue (#69) out­lined the life story of the HDT’s only dual Bathurst 1000-win­ning chas­sis, the VH Com­modore that was vic­to­ri­ous in both 1982 and 1983, a car owned by the Queens­lan­der.

AMC ap­proached Cham­pion, who has spent a great deal of money pre­serv­ing Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport and HDT his­tory, for his view­point.

‘PC’, as he is widely known, gave AMC sev­eral sug­ges­tions of av­enues of en­quiry, which we fol­lowed up. He also gave us the fol­low­ing state­ment: “We have been hear­ing from the ‘con­spir­acy the­o­rists’ now for 9 years, and PB has been gone 8 years this month. It is a sad thing that we are still ig­nor­ing im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion and state­ments from peo­ple in equally im­por­tant roles within the team at the time. With flimsy hearsay at best, the con­spir­acy the­o­rists will al­ways be present, as in the JFK case.

“Peter Brock per­son­ally in­spected this ve­hi­cle for my­self when it was in Eng­land along with his fam­ily on a trip. He con­firmed to my­self that it was in­deed the 05 car. The owner in Eng­land pur­chased this ve­hi­cle from Aus­tralia with the com­plete belief that it was the 05 win­ning race car.

“How did the per­son that I pur­chased the car off, have a CAMS re-is­sued log­book which I still hold cur­rently with the COM.7 and a CAMS stamp and num­ber. CAMS is the gov­ern­ing body of our holy mo­tor­sport grail; tell me fel­las, are they too be­ing un­truth­ful, as this con­spir­acy the­ory ar­ti­cle ap­pears to be mak­ing Brock out to be as well?

“This 05 VK Big Banger has gone down in his­tory as the most recog­nis­able and loved race car of Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport his­tory. I have per­son­ally gone to Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed with the car, it has been mod­elled off by Biante Model Cars for the very suc­cess­ful run of 05 Big Banger.

“For the Brock Memo­rial sculp­ture in Bathurst we were asked to host the sculp­tor at our Mu­seum, so she could cast the cor­rect wheels for the sculp­ture. Why didn’t they go to the Bathurst Mu­seum?

“Let’s just cel­e­brate 30 years on from an amaz­ing year of mo­tor rac­ing in 1984 with two very much loved icons.”

Bev Brock

Bev­er­ley

Brock pro­vided this state­ment to Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car: “For many years now I have had to deal with peo­ple who make claims re­gard­ing the authenticity of the gen­uine 05 Big Banger. I have en­deav­oured to get the facts across as I know them to be, which is dis­tinct from those who have ‘re­searched and in­ves­ti­gated’ to try and prove that Peter was ei­ther ly­ing or did not know what he was talk­ing about. “I do not lie, nor did he! “I was with Peter when the car was sent to Bathurst mu­seum and put in the hands of the then cu­ra­tor. I was sit­ting be­side him when he phoned the mu­seum to clar­ify that the car they had was never to be rep­re­sented as the gen­uine 05 car.

“I was with him when he wrote the let­ter to Mark Oastler (as printed with this ar­ti­cle) re­gard­ing the authenticity of the car and proof read it for him. He wrote this in his best hand­writ­ing as I usu­ally had to tran­scribe his let­ters given that his writ­ing was vir­tu­ally il­leg­i­ble. He would never let me change a sin­gle thing in the tran­scrib­ing process.

“I was with him when we tracked the car down in Eng­land after it had been sold by John Cle­land’s fa­ther. I can as­sure you that the mo­ment he hopped into the car and then looked un­der the bon­net he was as ex­cited as a kid in a candy store.

“That car meant a great deal to Peter. He was a per­fec­tion­ist who knew ev­ery in­ti­mate de­tail of the cars he raced. It wasn’t any par­tic­u­lar thing that made him 100% sure, it was many things and he could not wait to call Peter Cham­pion to tell him we had found the car.

“I know from dis­cussing the sit­u­a­tion with Mort, (our race team man­ager and Peter’s long time and trusted friend) what Mort went through to put the 25 car to­gether to sat­isfy Holden’s re­quest to have an 05 car in the Bathurst mu­seum.

“Whilst it is in­ter­est­ing that this sub­ject still evokes huge in­ter­est and emo­tion, I find it disturbing that peo­ple are in­tent on dis­cred­it­ing what is a clear and un­equiv­o­cal state­ment by Peter that Peter Cham­pion owns the gen­uine 05. It is time to stop the rub­bish and un­der­stand that Peter would never mis­rep­re­sent some­thing as im­por­tant as this to the peo­ple he so re­spected.”

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