Spe­cial Brock Fords

Australian Muscle Car - - Whaddayaknow? -

IIn AMC #82 we went on the hunt for one­off sig­na­ture edi­tion spe­cials men­tioned else­where in that Star Cars-themed is­sue. We drew a blank on sev­eral fronts, how­ever one AMC reader, Shane Allen, dropped us a line to say that he owns no less than three Peter Brock-pre­pared Fords. Two of these have spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance to the short-lived Austech Automotive De­vel­op­ments Pty Ltd of Brock and busi­ness part­ner Alan Gow, which was re­named the Brock Mo­tor Com­pany when Gow sold his share to trans­port mag­nate and Sier­raera co-driver Tony Noske.

Shane owns a 1990 E-se­ries Fal­con that was Noske’s per­sonal ve­hi­cle. It was orig­i­nally owned by Noske’s Kalari Trans­port busi­ness and Shane tells us that it’s the very car fea­tured in a Brock Mo­tor Com­pany sales brochure. The Tas­ma­nian is the fifth owner, hav­ing pur­chased it in 2010, and has the full doc­u­men­ta­tion and ve­hi­cle history.

The red Fal­con has re­mained in re­mark­ably orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

“The car is #90 of 126 built.” Shane ex­plains. “It has all the mo­tor and ex­haust mod­i­fi­ca­tions, 5-speed gear­box, lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial, en­hance­ments, sub­stan­tial sus­pen­sion mod­i­fi­ca­tions, Brock 16-inch CSA al­loys, re­trimmed in­te­rior and the sub­tle body kit.”

Ad­di­tional equip­ment in­cludes cen­tral lock­ing with re­mote, im­mo­biliser, cruise con­trol, Pi­o­neer ‘Su­per Tuner’ CD player, air-con­di­tion­ing, win­dow tint, Ford head­light and bon­net pro­tec­tors and dash mat.

Shane’s sec­ond Brock Ford is al­most cer­tainly the Fair­lane given away by Mod­ern Mo­tor mag­a­zine in 1990. It was man­u­fac­tured in Fe­bru­ary 1990, re­tailed by Dan­de­nong dealer Cof­fey Ford. It re­ceived the Brock treat­ment in April that year and car­ries the build num­ber of #015 of 24.

Its first owner was, ob­vi­ously, the prize win­ner, who sold it in 1993. That sec­ond owner looked af­ter for it for 20 years be­fore it was pur­chased by Shane two years ago.

The brock­fords.com.au reg­istry be­lieve as few as three of the 24 Brock Fair­lanes are still in ex­is­tence and reckon Shane’s shad­ow­tone ma­chine shows all the signs of it be­ing the Mod­ern Mo­tor com­pe­ti­tion car. It too is as­ton­ish­ingly orig­i­nal even down to the in-boot CD changer and pe­riod in-car tele­phone. How very 1990!

The only change of any sig­nif­i­cance is that the out­side mir­ror cov­ers had been re­placed by a pre­vi­ous owner and are now the same colour as the up­per body paint­work.

“The third car I have just pur­chased, which is in transit as I write this, is a one-owner ve­hi­cle, also a B8 Fal­con,” ex­plains Shane, who de­serves a medal for pre­serv­ing a quirky chap­ter of Brock road car history. Speak­ing

of Brock Fair­lanes, we’re not sur­prised PB’s own per­sonal ve­hi­cle has not resur­faced. For­mer Austech/Brock Mo­tor Com­pany work­shop man­ager Craig Fletcher told us this car came-a-crop­per in Peter Brock’s hands when it was new.

“I re­mem­ber Brock was com­ing up the drive­way at home in his Fair­lane and Bev was com­ing down in her Mav­er­ick, and they had a com­ing to­gether. Just af­ter that he in­stalled a oneway sys­tem on the drive­way,” he laughs.

Just one Brock Mav­er­ick SUVs (twice re­badged Nissan Pa­trols) is be­lieved to have sur­vived.

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