QUEENSLAND BUSINESSMAN Peter Champion is putting his prized collection of the late Peter Brock’s race cars up for auction at Bathurst later this year, in a bid to reignite vehicle manufacturing in Australia.

Champion, who now owns the HDT Special Vehicles business has taken many years to amass the collection of 25 plus cars, which until recently was on display at Dreamworld on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Many of Brock’s most famous Holdens spanning his career from the early Monaro and Torana GTR-XU1’s days to his Targa Tasmania Holden Monaro CV8 in the early 2000’s will go under the hammer.

The centrepiece, to be auctioned by Lloyds in Qld, is Brock’s 1984 Group C Commodore known as ‘The last of the big bangers’ with which the team scored a famous 1-2 victory at Mt Panorama.

Others include Brock’s first Bathurst mount, a GTS 350 Monaro from 1969 when he finished third, his first Bathurst winner – the 1972 LJ Torana GTR-XU1 – plus several V8-powered L34 and A9X Torana’s and a full spread of Commodores from the 80s and 90s.

“I am honoured to be a part of this once in a lifetime event and the idea that this iconic collection of Peter Brock’s cars can continue his legacy by reigniting car manufacturing in Australia after Holden’s closure in 2017,” says Champion.