Good bye to the King of the Mountain
Good bye Peter Brock
As I write this I have a sad ache in my heart. An Aussie icon died doing what he loved yesterday, driving a rally car. I am sad for his children, and those who knew him.
I am also sad for me, this 'hunk-a-spunk' (yes, even at 61) has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. At 30 he was HOT! I had his picture on my wall at boarding school, I know.
But I don't think it was his looks that drew me. It was his never-give-up attitude, persist, keep trying. Whether you succeed or not be looking to the next mountain to climb. They called him Peter Perfect, he was Peter the Perfectionist.
I grew up on a farm and learnt to drive young, very young. I also drove fast because there were no barriers. I didn't watch much sport, but I watched Bathurst and the V8's. I remember one year when I was about 10 they put Bathurst, an all day race, on ABC - I begged my Dad to bring a bucket to the lounge so I would not have to leave the room for the toilet. Lucky me there was an accident and the pace car came out freeing me to go ...
I would watch every lap of those races. Gripped to my seat, willing Brocky to win, and 9 times he won Bathurst. Peter was the first in Australia to have Race Cam' in his car and talk us through the laps. I was there with him, I raced.
I am not sure how I feel about motor sport as I have become more environmentally aware, I have not 'adopted' any similar heroes since I chose Peter as a five or six year old. But, I am sure that Brocky was a hero of mine, and I miss him today ...
I looked for a picture for this post but none of them showed enough of what is in my heart, so I will leave the pictures there.