TV show honours Brock legacy, says his car collector

Peter Brock would be ‘chuffed’ with the miniseries about his life that will hit Australian TV screens this weekend, according to great mate and renowned car collector Peter Champion.

TV show honours Brock legacy, says his car collector
Peter Brock television show filming
Peter Brock television show filming
Actor Matt Le Nevez in Peter Brock television show filming
Actor Matt Le Nevez in Peter Brock television show filming
Peter Brock television show filming
Peter Brock television show filming
Peter Brock television show filming
Peter Brock television show filming
Peter Brock television show filming

Champion owns the greatest collection of Peter Brock cars in the country, a resource that was quickly jumped on by Network 10 producers as they filmed the upcoming Brock miniseries.

Having his cars used in the filming gave Champion some great insight into the creation of the much-anticipated TV series, and having now seen the finished product he says it’s something that his great mate Brock would have enjoyed.

“It’s fantastic. I’ve read a lot on social media about people saying they’re not going to watch it, but they are the only people who will lose out of that,” Champion told Motorsport.com.

“I’ve seen it, and it’s fantastic. You have to keep in mind that it’s a miniseries, it’s not going to be totally accurate. But it’s a ton of fun, and if I was Peter Brock I’d come out of it pretty chuffed.

“Knowing Brocky as well as I know him, I think he would have been pretty excited about it. At the end of the day, I guess anything that keeps your name up there in lights, good or bad, is a good thing.

“It’s great that people are still talking about him.

“And you know what? All those racecar drivers are heading to Bathurst this week to try and get their name on his trophy. That’s an amazing achievement in life, when the industry that you dedicated your life to has its greatest prize with your name on it.”

Started with a random call

Champion, who shifted his remarkable collection to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast last year after closing his dedicated museum in Central Queensland, says he became involved in the making of the documentary through a random phone call.

“I got a phone call one day from a producer called Kerrie Mainwaring,” Champion explained. “She said ‘I hear you have Peter Brock’s racecars’. I said, ‘Yeah I’ve got a shed with quite a few of them, actually’. I think that shocked her a little bit.

“She told me that they were doing this miniseries about Brock and that they’d been given my number to see if I could help them with some cars. Why not? Jump on a plane and come and have a look, I said. And they did that the very next day.”

The mix of genuine and replica ex-Brock machinery was put through its paces during the filming of the show, something helped by the fact that Champion keeps most of the cars in working order.

“The good part about of that is that when I had the museum running in Central Queensland I had a light and sound show,” he added. “We did night shows where I’d start different cars, and they’ve been to Bathurst on a number of occasions. We have a number of them go to England to compete, Brocky even raced in one the year he passed away, because he was pretty famous over there as well.

“I never keep fuel or battery in the cars for safety reasons, but we can start them in 30 or 40 minutes. If you came along and wanted to hear one go, it doesn’t take long. We keep them in pretty good trim.”

The Brock miniseries begins on Network 10 this Sunday evening, after the Bathurst 1000.

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