Biante – 1/18 Scale – The Peter Brock Collection – Brock 01 Austin 7 Paddock Basher Diecast Scale Model Replica
The most recognizable racing driver in Australia, Peter Brock helped transcend the sport and take it into the mainstream in this country.
In a career spanning nearly 40 years, the nine-time Bathurst 1000 winner attracted a legion of fans across the country and indeed, the world; a fan base devastated by his loss in an accident in September 2006.
But all great stories start somewhere and in Brock’s case, it was on the family farm on the outskirts of Melbourne. The then 14-year old got his hands on a couple of derelict Austin 7s and found one to be in working order. The eager youngster promptly decided to hack off the body with motor Ruth’s axe and thus, this paddock-basher became the ‘King of the Mountain’s’ first car.
It was essentially a bare chassis with a plank as a passenger’s seat for anyone brave enough to ride alongside the young tear-away. The enterprising Brock welded on steel frames, to hold in place a variety of parts – including the steering column – and would take the machine flying around the dirtroads of the surrounding areas. He even rebuilt the engine on his bedroom floor; a room he shared, no less, with older brother Neil.
As a kid Brock watched the live telecast from Philip Island on television and throughout the day, would head outside, fire up the Austin 7 and blast down the road that led to the house flying round a corner at the gate as if he was fighting for victory in the actual race.
His career would develop and the old Austin 7 would slip into memory; until it turned up in storage, in a roof at a workshop in Moorabbin, in suburban Melbourne, nearly half a century later. The owner soon realised what he had and after Brock’s death in 2006, the Peter Brock Foundation (the charitable organisation Peter had created in 1997) decided the historic car should be rebuilt.
RDA Brakes bought the virtually complete remnants and donated them to the Foundation, leaving Peter Denman, a mate of Brock’s to get to work putting together this part of Australian motor sport history.
With a $10,000 donation from Mobil (a long-time Brock backer) and volunteer help from the Austin 7 Club of Victoria, ‘Brock 01’ was brought back to life, using as many original parts as possible. This included the radiator cowl which had been personally salvaged by Peter. The chassis, engine, gearbox and rear driveline remain completely original, making it one of the most authentic and complete Brock-built cars to this day.
A new driver’s seat and steering wheel were sourced as well as new timber for the floorboards (reclaimed from the stock of wood Peter has used in his hobby of furniture making).
‘Brock 01’ was brought back to life by brother Lewis, on Brock Road, almost 50 years after the same buggy had sped around the corners of Hurstbridge.
Put simply the Austin 7 was the car that started the legend.
Biante Model Cars are very pleased to present to you our 1:18th scale replica of ‘Brock 01’. This is perhaps one of the most detailed models that Biante has ever released. New methods in research, tooling and production had to be introduced into the manufacturing process in order to replica the intricate features and detail of Brock 01.
Limited edition only 18,000 pieces made worldwide with COA
Where it all began ‘Brock 01’ information booklet
Photo etched front grill detail
Accurately replicated fuel tank
Real wood detail
Leather look seat & weathered steering column
Accurately replicated engine detail
Product Id: BROCK01