- Rare Brock Prints To Aid Brabham's Charity
Racing Legend Peter Brock
Original photographs giving an insider's glimpse into the
early life of the late Peter Brock will be auctioned at this year's
Shannons 'Christmas Party with the Clubs' in Melbourne on 27 November,
with proceeds aiding two charities nominated by the event’s guest of
honour, Sir Jack Brabham.
The four framed and signed black and
white photographs by Brock's former brother-in-law - photographer Terry
Russell - are all #1 of their respective limited series of 250 prints.
numbered copies of each are retailing at $199.95 framed, but the first
edition prints are expected to raise considerably more at the Shannons
Christmas Party, which this year will be attended by a record 500
members of 20 different car clubs.
Publishers Allen & Unwin
are also donating 10 copies of the new Peter Brock book, Peter Brock:
Road to Glory - written by journalist Colin Fulton and largely
illustrated by Russell’s unique photographs - to the auction, which
will aid Kidney Health Australia and the Dialysis Escape Line.
Russell's photographs are the highlight of the book. He became a close
friend of Brock's after his sister Heather met the Holden hero in
mid-1964 and became his first wife in August 1967. He accompanied Brock
to race meetings and worked on the famous Brock Austin A30 in a chicken
shed behind Brock's parents home in outer-Melbourne Wattle Glen.
photographs give a rare insight into the emerging driving talent, from
his drive at Winton in a borrowed HR Holden that caught the eye of
later Holden Dealer Team manager and talent scout Harry Firth in March
1968, to the loon's grin he showed Russell's camera each lap at Winton
in one of Firth's LC Toranas on his way to victory in March 1971.
items already confirmed for the auction include a special 2011
Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix prize for two donated by Shannons that
includes corporate tickets to the V8 Supercars suite above the pits,
rides around the circuit on the Sunday, a helicopter flight over the
lake, pit lane access, and limousine transfer to and from the track.