My great mate Brocky
MY USUAL quota of sleep has slumped this week, thanks to Peter Brock. I have been reading a new book on the Bradman of Bathurst, and it is so good I’ve been spending more time than usual turning pages.
There are so many stories I have not heard and so much insight that I’ve been forced to keep reading and reading.
Every Brock fan has wanted to read Peter Brock: How Good Is This! It is more than just competition stories and racetrack pictures.
This gets inside the Brock myth and does it in a way that brings Brocky back to life, thanks to stories from close friends as far back as his childhood.
The book is by Wayne Webster, a writer with a sharp wit. And he is happy to turn it on himself.
‘‘I once told Brock I would be writing his biography and he was so horrified he said, ‘Over my dead body’,’’ Webster says.
Webster and Brock were close and Webster’s laughter today comes only after the tears he shed at the time of Brock’s death.
Webster is working on his next book — an inside look at V8 Supercars racing.
Peter Brock: How Good Is This! has 301 pages and lots of pictures, but the writing is light and fun and informative and insightful.
It’s not only a homage to Brock, but also a genuine attempt to show people what he was like away from the track. And it mostly steers clear of the messiness that occurred in the courts since his death.
This is the book for people who want to read a fascinating profile of an Australian legend.
Masters of the racetrack: Mark Skaife (left) and Peter Brock.