Brock’s non Hold­ens

Australian Muscle Car - - Top 25 -

Inspired by our Brock Fal­con B8 fea­ture, AMC presents 25 of Per­fect Pete’s non Holden treats – both race­cars and sig­na­ture edi­tion road­ies.

Warn­ing. Don’t show this edi­tion of AMC to that mate of yours who stead­fastly re­fuses to ac­knowl­edge that Peter Brock ever sat his bum in a car other than a Holden. It will only up­set him. We’ve all met Brock sup­port­ers like this. In­deed, AMC’s #05 re­lated Face­book posts in­evitably draw re­sponses such as “Thank God Brock never drove a Ford,” from online Brock dis­ci­ples whose de­vo­tion to their hero out­weighs their knowl­edge of his ca­reer. They’re out there; in sig­nif­i­cant num­bers, too.

So this edi­tion we thought we’d have a bit of fun high­light­ing the non-GM ma­chines he punted around com­pet­i­tively. And yes, there is one no­table ab­sen­tee, which would have been out of place in a light-hearted ar­ti­cle wear­ing the ‘top 25’ la­bel. Our list also in­cludes road cars he put his sig­na­ture to. So here, in chrono­log­i­cal or­der, is a sweep through Brock’s history be­yond the red cor­ner. On sec­ond thoughts, do show this to those in need of fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

1973 – Bir­rana 272

Just

months af­ter Brock’s break­through Bathurst vic­tory in a To­rana, the goa­teed Vic­to­rian tested him­self in open-wheel­ers. His ride was a South Aus­tralian-built Bir­rana For­mula 2 car pow­ered by a Ford en­gine, net­ting wins at a non-cham­pi­onship meet­ing against slim op­po­si­tion. HDT team boss Harry Firth claimed he let Brock race the Bir­rana to get for­mula cars out of his sys­tem.

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