Brock ex­pe­ri­ence to be­come me­mory

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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.


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