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’!”