My great mate Brocky

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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.

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