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Brocky back for Christmas

Peter's story: Racing legend Peter Brock's career has been chronicled in a new book, Brocky.

New Brock book recounts the Australian racing great’s own version of stellar career

General News logo8 Dec 2009

A NEW Peter Brock book has been released just in time for Christmas, written by iSelect’s Motor Monthly editor David Hassall.

Available now, Brocky is described as the man’s own story of his unrivalled motorsport career because it was approved by Brock before his tragic death in the Targa West rally three years ago.

Mr Hassall, a long-time friend of Peter Brock, said his latest book, sub-titled Peter’s Own Story: A Life in Top Gear, was checked and corrected by Brock himself, telling the story of his career as he wanted it told.

“When Peter tragically died in 2006, the outpouring of grief from all around Australia underscored how this charismatic hero had touched the nation like few other sporting champions,” said Mr Hassall.

“For those who knew him, it was a personal loss, but for millions of other Australians it was also like the loss of a friend because that was the type of man he was, always giving of his time and touching anyone he met.

“Much of the book was written at the height of his powers in 1983 and then after he retired from racing in 1997, with extra chapters covering the rest of his life, so pulling it all together was a trip down memory lane and done with real love for an old friend.

“I simply hope that his legion of fans enjoy reading Brocky as much as I enjoyed putting it together.”

Among other things, Brocky covers the Australian motor racing icon’s turbulent relationship with Holden, the infamous Polarizer saga and the races that made the Brock legend, taking the reader behind the scenes of an intriguing and often controversial sport.

The 248-page book is available now from selected book stores and www.palmerhiggsbooks.com.au, priced at $34.95.

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