Brock experience to become memory
THE memory of racing legend Peter Brock has been washed away in the Queensland floods.
Peter Champion, owner of Champions Brock Experience museum in Yeppoon, announced yesterday it would close ‘‘permanently’’ because of a downturn in tourism caused by the floods.
Museum spokeswoman Heather Smith said options for the collection’s future were being considered. ‘‘We had a 30 per cent in- crease in numbers from last year to this year and were looking forward to a busy Christmas, but the floods have been the straw that broke the camel’s back with no access into Rockhampton airport for more than three weeks,’’ she said.
‘‘This decision has been made with great sadness, but has been unavoidable.’’
Rumours persist that the museum’s collection will be incorporated into a major motorsport mu- seum to be established at the Big Pineapple site in Nambour.
‘‘We have had several approaches and that (Big Pineapple) was one of them, but we are considering our options,’’ Ms Smith said.
The closure of the museum would not affect its Holden Dealer Team special edition vehicles business, she said.
Its HDT vehicles are produced in the company’s Smeaton Grange workshops in western Sydney and are based on the VE Holden Commodore SV6, SS and SSV models.
Champions Brock Experience will be open from 10am to 2pm each Saturday until February 26.