Split-pin’s rec­ol­lec­tions

Australian Muscle Car - - Immortal Muscle -

The Brock broth­ers fin­ished third in the 1976 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 aboard Team Brock’s red, white and blue L34 and set their sights higher for the fol­low­ing year’s race with the brand new A9X hatch­back model. The goal was to be­come the first pair of broth­ers to win the Great Race, a feat that had eluded the Geoghe­gan broth­ers, Ian and Leo, and all sub­se­quent sib­ling duos.

Sadly, Phil Brock says the broth­ers’ 1977 Great Race fol­lowed a re­mark­ably sim­i­lar plot to ’76 - sig­nif­i­cantly de­layed in the early run­ning, be­fore an in­spir­ing fight­back.

“Both years (1976 and ’77) we had the fastest car,” Phil Brock re­calls. “We didn’t have a ma­jor prob­lem with the en­gine or brakes (which were the bug bears of early Group C cars), but it was just silly stuff that de­railed us.

“In 1977 we had these big tyres on the back that kept grow­ing and lock­ing up the rears, as they hit against the shock ab­sorbers. Peter had about three spins. We lost about three laps in the first 40 and then we went back to some old Dun­lops. From then on the car was a jet – it blew the doors off them but we had lost too much time and we fin­ished fourth.

“I re­ally en­joyed that and thought it was one of my best races as a driver; I was quicker than Peter. In ’77, we were a hell of a lot quicker in the lat­ter stages than the two Mof­fat Fal­cons that ran 1-2. I un­lapped my­self against Mof­fat with about 20 laps to go around the out­side at Reid Park. That was prob­a­bly about the stu­pid­est thing I’ve ever done in rac­ing. You get away with it and you think later ‘Je­sus Christ’!”

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