Brock­to­ber at Bathurst

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If

there’s a bet­ter name for an an­nual na­tional gath­er­ing than ‘Brock­to­ber’, we’re yet to hear it.

The Brock Com­modore Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia as­sem­bled its big­gest-ever line up of HDT Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles-built ma­chines for Brock­to­ber 2017, held a week af­ter the 1000km event that made their main man fa­mous.

No fewer than 78 HDT/Brock built cars and 140 peo­ple made the pil­grim­age to Bathurst, with BCOAA mem­bers trav­el­ling from Tas­ma­nia, Vic­to­ria, Queens­land and the length and breadth of NSW.

The week­end com­mem­o­rated the 30th an­niver­sary of Pe­ter Brock, David Parsons and Pe­ter McLeod’s 1987 Bathurst vic­tory, with McLeod the guest of hon­our.

The tale of the 1987 James Hardie 1000 is the stuff of leg­ends, with Brock, with­out Holden sup­port, rac­ing the seem­ingly out­classed VL Group A Com­modore up against the best from Eu­rope in the only World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship round held at Mount Panorama. His­tory shows that this most un­likely vic­tory was to be his fi­nal Bathurst 1000 win.

McLeod shared his rec­ol­lec­tions of that race at the gala din­ner held in the track­side Ry­dges func­tion room, ex­plain­ing how his drive came about. His sto­ries had at­ten­dees en­thralled.

“Brock had Neil Cromp­ton co-drive the se­cond car at Sandown so he got ex­tra TV ex­po­sure through Chan­nel 7. When it came to Bathurst, which was an in­ter­na­tional event, Cromp­ton didn’t have an in­ter­na­tional li­cence,” McLeod, 69, re­called, ex­plain­ing that the team needed to se­cure the ser­vices of a suit­ably qual­i­fied driver. With McLeod’s own en­try on the re­serves list, “Bev Brock rang to ask if I was in­ter­ested in driv­ing for them.”

Sure enough, hav­ing done the deal to drive car #10 for Brock, McLeod’s own Com­modore en­try was ac­cepted for the race and he or­gan­ised for oth­ers to drive the car, while re­tain­ing his seat in the HDT car.

“We started from po­si­tion 21 and I pit­ted to hand the car over on lap 61. We were up to fifth po­si­tion and I thought I was hand­ing over to Jon Crooke. I started to tell him to be care­ful be­cause we were go­ing pretty well, then I re­alised it was Brocky hop­ping into the car. He got it up to third, which of course be­came the win many months later when the two cars ahead were dis­qual­i­fied.”

The evening also saw the pre­sen­ta­tions of awards. The cov­eted Per­pet­ual Tro­phy for over­all win­ner went to Neil and Margz Peck’s Mag­num, while the Pe­ter McLeod’s Choice tro­phy ap­pro­pri­ately went to Gary Bundy’s VL Group A.

Bundy’s car was among a ‘Ko­dak mo­ment’ of VL Group As in Bathurst’s his­toric King’s Pa­rade on the Satur­day, off the back of a larger dis­play of 70-plus cars in Rus­sell Street, which was the club’s main pub­lic event. The dis­play fea­tured 71 Brock Com­modores, four Mag­nums plus the

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