A garage fire in Australia has destroyed the unfinished rally car that was supposed to take Peter Brock to the Dakar Rally in the late 2000s.
The one-off Holden Adventra rally car was reportedly being prepared for a car show by Gold Coast-based car designer and builder Robert D’Ercole when a blaze started in an adjoining garage.
Two vehicles were destroyed, a road car that was parked in the garage where the fire first started, and the rare Brock Dakar challenger.
“There were police using a garden hose to try and suppress the fire,” fire fighter Brad Burnette told a Channel Nine TV news crew.
“This vehicle was supposed to be in some show on the 14th of March. The gentleman was working on the vehicle, he’s obviously quite distressed. He injured his leg getting out of the vehicle as he arrived home to see the fire.”
The Brock Dakar car is a rare piece of Australian motor racing history. Based on a Holden Adventra, the space frame chassis was set to be married to a V8 engine as part of an ambitious – and at the time secret – plan for Brock to tackle the famous Dakar Rally.
The car was reportedly being built to 2006 FIA Rally Raid regulations, and was slated to be part of a 2007 or 2008 outright assault on the Dakar.
Unfortunately the project never came to fruition after Brock was tragically killed during a tarmac rally in Western Australia in 2006.