Peter Brock car collection to be auctioned in Kelso on Bathurst 1000 weekend

A DATE has been set for the auction of what is being called the world’s largest collection of Peter Brock race cars.

Lloyds Classic Car Auctions expects to set an Australian record of more than $2 million when it sells Brock’s “Big Banger”, which is part of the collection, at Kelso on the weekend of the Bathurst 1000.

The company set an Australian record when it sold a rare Ford GTHO Phase III, once owned by former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson, for just over $1 million at an auction in Kelso on June 16.

The original Day-Glo Big Banger is the Group C Commodore in which Brock won the James Hardie 1000 in Bathurst, Sandown 500 and Surfers Paradise 300.

It is one of 30 Brock cars in the collection which are being displayed through NSW, South Australia and Victoria before they return to their spiritual home of Bathurst to be auctioned on Saturday, October 6.

The collection was put together by HDT (formerly Holden Dealer Team) owner Peter Champion and his mate Brock himself.

“I’ve raced the Big Banger around the track several times. She still goes like a beauty and that’s what this entire collection is about - enjoying the cars is what Peter would have wanted,” Mr Champion said.  

“This car has a lot of great history and even better stories that come along with it. This is not just an ordinary car - it’s a very special piece of history.” 

Lloyds says some motoring enthusiasts are even talking partnerships and syndication to buy the entire collection and keep it together.

“Whether the collection stays together or it sells to a new generation of custodians, it will go down in the history books as a very special moment for many avid fans and enthusiasts with thousands expected to attend the auction in Bathurst on the eve of the great race,” a Lloyds spokesperson said.

The company says it has already had thousands of inquiries, including from overseas, about the auction.

Head auctioneer Bill Freeman said the Big Banger is expected to sell for more than any other Australian-produced car.

“We expect it to sell in excess of $2 million, which will break all Australian records,” he said.