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Peter Brock: the untold stories

July 21st, 2016 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Rear_FlatAMC marks the 10th anniversary of Peter Brock’s passing with our ‘Brock: The Untold Stories’ issue. We put the spotlight on Brock’s virtually unknown VH Group 3 High-Output Commodore; investigate the disappearance of his 1975 Bathurst-winning Torana; meet his first apprentice; and review his greatest overseas drive.

The first of these is a story on the hottest version of the most overlooked Brock Commodore, the VH Group 3. As the owner of almost half of the known surviving High Output-optioned versions of the VH Group 3 told us, “It’s the most powerful of the Brocks. Just like the GT-HO Phase III is the king of Ford muscle cars, the High-Output is the king of the Brocks,” says feature car owner Rob Losurdo.

Then there’s PB’s 1975 Hardie-Ferodo 500-winning Torana SL/R 5000 L34 that’s long since ‘gone to God’ and fallen off the radar. The fact this chassis was destroyed in the late 1970s has contributed to a lack of attention for its achievements. Understandably so, we guess, as it’s the surviving Bathurst-winning Brockmobiles, such as the A9Xs, that are focal points for on-track celebrations and media coverage. This exposure then perpetuates their fame and mystique.

In short, Bathurst ’75 is Brock’s forgotten Bathurst victory. No surviving car; no #05 on the door; no glamour HDT assault.

And, until now, no images in circulation showing what became of the car. In an exclusive, AMC publishes photos of the ’75 winner when it was turned into a black road car and subsequently written-off. For the first time we tell the complete life story of the first V8 Torana to win Bathurst.

Meanwhile, there’s our story on Brock’s first foray to the Spa 24 Hour race, which generated about 0.1 percent of the attention of his mid 1980s adventures to Europe’s tin-top classic. Yet his first, in 1977, was the most successful.

Beyond Brock we feature the only automatic R/T Charger ever built and track its life and recent restoration. Plus we review how Phillip Island was saved from near certain death. Ford fans will enjoy our story on the first XE Falcon to hit the touring car trail – the maroon machine of Brian Callaghan.

All that and much more in the latest issue of Australian Muscle Car magazine. On sale now.

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