THE Bathurst 1000 was more than just another race on the calendar this year.
It was a moment to remember one of the legends of the sport, Peter Brock.
Very few people would have felt the kind of emotion that Bev Brock felt as she watched the special tribute to him on Sunday morning.
Ms Brock was his partner for 28 years, although they never married, and shared two children with him.
She stood alongside Pit Straight on Sunday and was overwhelmed at the sight of some of Brock’s most iconic vehicles taking to the track one last time.
“It is bittersweet. I get to see them when they’re in the [National Motor Racing] Museum or at Dreamworld, but to see them on the track was very emotional,” Ms Brock said, adding that it brought her to tears.
The vehicles were driven in the King of the Mountain parade by drivers who had won the Peter Brock Trophy.
The trophy for winning the Bathurst 1000 was re-named following his death in 2006.
Ms Brock said it was clear that her partner still held significance to the drivers.
The four-day crowd figure for this year’s Bathurst 1000 was the second highest in the history of the event.
Ms Brock doesn’t doubt that the 10th anniversary of Brock’s death would have had an impact.
“If I remember back to when he first announced his retirement from racing in 1997 … the regard in which he is held has not waned,” she said.
“It was a large part of the reason – they all love Bathurst, there is no doubt about that – but this [was] an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable person.”
Ms Brock has attended her fair share of racing events over the years, but she said she has never experienced the kind of atmosphere that she did on Sunday.
The crowd gave a standing ovation during the parade and many people, including those who Ms Brock had never met, shared their memories with her.
“This particular weekend I was completely overwhelmed by people,” she said.
“We as a family will remain eternally grateful for all the effort that went into it.”
This particular weekend I was completely overwhelmed.