Rock the Brocks
A THEME park trip to the Gold Coast will soon have a Peter Brock twist.
The life and cars of the Bradman of Bathurst are at the heart of a new $5 million precinct at Dreamworld to open just after Christmas for the school holiday peak.
More than two dozen Brock cars will be on display in a 6000-square-metre “motor sport experience” that will include a new train ride, a new theme for the existing Cyclone rollercoaster and V8 Supercars race simulators.
The cars have come from the collection assembled by Brock’s great mate Peter Champion, following the closure of his own museum at Yeppoon in farnorth Queensland. They include a 1972 Torana XU-1 and the 1984 “Big Banger” Commodore — many of them bought by Champion straight after they finished their racetrack time.
Bev Brock and other members of the family are involved in the project which is a tribute to Brock but also fits in amid V8 Supercars heartland in southeast Queensland. It’s also the home of the Penske-DJR and Erebus Motorsport race teams and the driving academy at Norwell owned by Bathurst winner Paul Morris.
“This will be a high-octane revved-up experience. There is nothing ‘museum’ about this,” says Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson.
Motor racing is the theme, he says, but “there will be something for everyone” whether families, thrillseekers or gaming fans.
“We are working closely with the Brock family and our partners to ensure the attraction is authentic and like nothing experienced in Australia before,” he says.
“The burger and brew bar will have a motor sport theme with diners seated in an airconditioned mezzanine cafe overlooking the Brock vehicles.”
The real deal: Brock at the wheel of the 1972 Torana XU-1