A dramatic look at Peter Brock's life - in particular the period which fashioned his character, created the legend and made him a household name in Australia - as told by people who knew him from the start.
Long regarded as one of the best touring car racers in the world Peter Brock was a legend in Australian sporting lore. Much has been written about him but like many famous people his early life has never been accurately documented. Writer, Colin Fulton, with help from the Brock family and many people who knew Peter in his early days have chronicled the racer's early life; from his childhood to his first victory in The Great Race in 1972.
Peter was sometimes a controversial figure and this book reveals little known facts about his life in the army as a National Serviceman, the failure of his first marriage and the gestation of the famous A30 racer which launched his career.
All the central figures in his story are here: his brothers and key family members, the legendary head of the Holden Dealer Team, Harry Firth; his Chief Mechanic and friend for many years, Ian Tate; fellow racer and HDT team member, Colin Bond; the man who actually instigated the Holden Dealer Team, Peter Lewis-Williams, childhood and school friends, plus many more.
Both photographer, Terry Russell, and writer, Colin Fulton, knew Peter in his youth and their work reveals much about his childhood and teenage years.
Colin Fulton was a journalist and as a racing driver and long time friend of Peter Brock has used his knowledge to write a vivid and accurate portrayal of this unique Australian legend's Road to Glory. Most of Terry Russell's photographs are published here for the first time.
About The Author
Colin Fulton has had a varied career, spending more than fifteen years as a senior political journalist for channels 2, 10 and 9. In the late 1980s he was a manager with Nissan Australia, working in both strategic planning and corporate affairs. For the past twenty years he has been the principal of an issues management consultancy, Corporate Words. A keen and experienced amateur motor racer he currently races a De Tomaso Pantera. Terry Russell is an adhesives chemist who became interested in cars while a student. During this time he also participated in motor events as a rally navigator. Terry's younger sister, Heather, met Peter Brock very early in 1965 and they became close friends and ultimately married. Photography was one of Terry's hobbies and he became a contributor of car racing photos to various publications and organisations.
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 22.0 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 1.34