THE search is on for a stolen piece of the Peter Brock puzzle – a Bathurst pole position trophy from the 1970s.
‘Brocky’ was the undisputed King of the Mountain and claimed victory at the iconic track a staggering nine times during his career.
In 32 starts at Bathurst, he claimed pole position a record six times – in 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983 and 1989.
And this week his former partner Bev Brock contacted the Western Advocate in search of a stolen piece of his memorabilia – his pole position trophy from 1977.
She is hopeful that the pole position trophy presented to her ex-partner in 1977 can be located so it can be passed on to their children.
“Back in the late 80s, when we had Tri Steel Sheds as a sponsor, they had a display on a roadside area as you approach Bathurst from Sydney,” she said.
“We sent up one of Peter’s pole position trophies, along with other memorabilia.
“Someone stole the trophy from the stand and it has never been located since.”
Mrs Brock said she had since spoken to historians, journalists and other competitors and none had been able to help her locate the trophy.
Mrs Brock said the trophies in those days were made out of solid silver and she estimates it would be worth $20,000.
Despite the value of the trophy, it’s the memories that she would like their children and grandchildren to have.
“There’s no harm in trying. I’d hate to think that I’d never tried to find it through a public appeal,” she said.
Mrs Brock said her ex-partner was “exceedingly generous” and did give many items of his memorabilia away, but he never authorised this trophy to be given away.
She said it was “reprehensible” that someone would steal something so special.
“The vast majority of his fans would be horrified to think it had been stolen,” she said.
Mrs Brock did, however, point out that there are two duplicate sets of the driving legend’s trophies – one owned by mining magnate Peter Champion which will soon be housed in a Gold Coast theme park, the other owned by Les Smith from RDA Brakes.
She has asked whoever has the trophy to drop it into the Western Advocate office or local police station “no questions asked”.