Peter Perfect the King of The Mountain is Dead  

rm_MustangD6644 53M
1052 posts
9/8/2006 4:07 pm

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9/10/2006 8:22 pm

Peter Perfect the King of The Mountain is Dead


Yesterday Australia was shocked by the news that Peter Brock, legendary Australian racing driver had been killed while competing in a rally in Western Australia.

The car spun out on a bend and impacted on a nearby tree, slap bang on the drivers door and "B" pillar, leaving Peter with basically no chance of survival.

Peter Brock was know as "Peter Perfect" and "King of the Mountain" from his string of successes on the race track racing saloon cars, and his near legendary feat of nine wins at Mount Panorama.

I would not describe myself as a racing fanatic, but I have since I was a small boy, always tried to watch "Bathurst" every year.

This race up and down Mt Panorama near Bathurst in NSW is an Aussie institution. It is a gruelling 1000 kilometre race [formerly 500 miles] that starts early in the morning and doesn't finish until just on sunset. Pairs of drivers compete and they range from the pro's upon whom most of the media attention is centred, to Weekenders and small teams.

It is a cruel race, filled with thrills and spills as they climb the mountain, race across the top and then down conrod straight [nudging 300 kmh] to then have to slow for a chicane and then a tight left hand bend before crossing the finish line.

If tearing up and down the mountain with conrod straight being aptly named after many a broken engine, doesn't get you, then the wear and tear on the brakes and drive-train plus suspension probably will.

There are dramas a plenty as pit crews struggle to keep cars running because with this race the most important thing is to still be there at the end of the day. Why? Because this hours leader could be next hours retiree, due to breakdown or accident, so even if you are a lap or two down, you can still be in contention.

Above all though is the mountain, with its near magnetic attraction for rain and storms, even hail. The bottom of the track at the start/finish pits area can be dry and the top of the mountain a scary race in the wet.

Every year is different, and has many a drama, be it weather, track, team, race, car, rules, spectator or just the bloody mountain.

Somehow through all this Peter Brocke [Brockie] managed to win 9 of these gruelling races, and so earn his titles of "Peter Perfect" and most appropriately "King of the Mountain".

Peter died doing what he loved, racing cars, but Australia has lost a legend and a gentleman.

I like many are saddened by his death, and will be watching this years Bathurst race with a heavy heart as a legend from my childhood and beyond has passed.

God Bless you Peter for all you efforts here not only on the track but in helping others.

Mustang

rm_Wizardesssss 37F
801 posts
9/8/2006 10:14 pm

Being a motor sport fan, I could not believe this when I heard (I was mopping my kitchen at the time) and had to sit down and watch the news, continually flicking through channels hoping an update would come up that this was untrue. It never happened.

Along with Steve Irwin, the loss of Brockie has created another pit in the hearts of most Aussies at the moment.

Deaths, births, marriages and the like usually happen in threes', I'm left to wonder which great Australian icon will make it a trifecta.

Wizardesssss ©


rm_MustangD6644 53M
1031 posts
9/9/2006 1:01 am

Your not alone in those thoughts Wizardesssss, there are a lot of people wishing that this week had never occured, and given that it has are now wondering for whom the third bell will toll.

Mustang


pussinboots571 106F

9/9/2006 2:26 am

The Trifecta is already complete.

Firstly Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter)
Secondly Colin Thiele the author of Storm Boy
and Thirdly Peter Brock (legendary racing driver)

Life is precious!

Puss



rm_MustangD6644 53M
1031 posts
9/9/2006 3:37 pm

When did Colin Thiele go?

I missed that one. I had to read his book[s] and I saw the movie while I was at school. That film was a part of the revival of the Australian film industry in the late 70's early 80's, where the films were all Australian in story, acting, and funding.

Mustang


pussinboots571 106F

9/9/2006 5:55 pm

Mustang,

Colin Thiele died on Monday, the same day as Steve Irwin......of course Steve got more press coverage. But I did see a brief mention on the news......I was shocked.

Puss



rm_MustangD6644 53M
1031 posts
9/9/2006 8:45 pm

Puss that makes at least two of us. However at 85 or so Colin had a good long and full life, whereas Steve was cut down way too early as was Brockie. Well when your time is up your time is up, just as long as there is no prolonged pain, thats all we can ask for.

Brother Grim certainly was busy tackling some high fliers this week. I wonder just who he was contracting for? God or Satan?

Mustang


pussinboots571 106F

9/10/2006 5:13 pm

Mustang,

Yes, Colin may have been 85, and had a good innings......but my point was The Trifecta has been completed.

All of them are a great loss, yet their contribution to the world will well be remembered.

Puss



rm_MustangD6644 53M
1031 posts
9/10/2006 8:22 pm

Hell of a Trifecta thou.

Mustang


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