Rock the Brocks

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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

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