Brock family slams TV show

Peter Brock driving

Factual errors, absurd racing and clumsy story-telling see Brock’s son, James, dismiss the show as “disrespectful crap”.

THE two-part telemovie Peter Brock that aired over the past two nights has drawn criticism over its portrayal of the Bathurst legend, and for good reason.

While recognising the show was a so-called docu-drama that by necessity took creative short-cuts, such as merging different characters into one, it came off as a clumsy effort that tried to cover too much ground in too short a time. It has been panned as being B-grade at best, despite some sharp casting (especially Matt Le Nevez as Brock and Steve Bisley as Harry Firth).

Peter -brock -older -with -CommodoreBrocky driving his A30 sports sedan on the road and grabbing a tinnie from his girlfriend while being chased by the cops? Spare me. Roaring up late for a press conference in his race car, and wearing a singlet? Practising for Bathurst in his bedroom with a Frisbee for a steering wheel? Absurd race sequences? Allan Moffat working on an engine? Maybe B-grade is flattering.

Bev Brock told me she had signed a confidentiality agreement in order to see the script, but I know she felt sick prior to the screening and is probably feeling the same now. She surely deserves to feel angry at her portrayal, which is arguably the show’s greatest injustice.

Peter -Brock -driving -CommodoreBev did not meet Peter until 1975, when she was married and living in Sydney and he was separated, yet on TV she appeared to have been around since 1969 (a difference of six years!) swooning over Brock in front of her husband and hanging around the pits.

That’s not just creative writing, it’s unfair and irresponsible. No wonder she withdrew her support when she saw where the production was going.

Her son James rarely speaks on such subjects, but was yesterday moved to describe the show as “trash” and “disrespectful crap”.

James -Brock -facebook -postThe great pity of this production is that it didn’t need to be clumsily dramatised. Peter’s real story didn’t need to be enhanced; it was ready-made for the screen just as it was.

David Hassall was Peter Brock’s authorised biographer and is a veteran motoring writer. Read his feature on Peter Brock in the October issue of Wheels here.

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  • Bev would turn up at school with the kids with black eyes regularly I'll leave it up to you
  • So can someone now please do a real story - Mini series on Brock.
  • I had watched and was left horrified after it, Peter Brocks story needs to be told as a true legend he was and is still living legend today. This generation needs to be told the true vaule of what a legend is made of and how Peter Brock rose to the top with extreme hard work and determination I feel for the Brock family
  • the promo was atrociously put together and I thought if the promo calls Brock ...Braaark...then I figured the movie would be on par so just didnt bother..I hope to christ the same producers dont have anything in mind for Bartlett/ Moffat/ Johnson
  • What a let down king of the mountain to WIFE BEATER I hope V8 SUPERCARS take WIFE BEATER of the CUP Just a WIFE BEATER bottom feeder
  • They would of been better off running bathurst reruns.
  • Interested that you didn't comment about Brock's alleged domestic abuse. Did his family comment on him bashing his first partner? Was that false, or was he a thug behind the public facade?
  • The producers and writers shouldve taken a leaf out of the book of the guys that did Rush, the story of James Hunt and Nikki Lauder
  • B grade I would be pushing to give it a D grade. Some Aussie productions are good. some bad this one shockingly awful.
  • I watched the two episodes knowing full well that it was a fictional drama using real people as the characters. The start of both episodes used disclaimer that gave good prior warning that it was just a story they made up, and not to be taken as something that literally happened. As we learned with previous Australian dramas supposedly based on true events like "Kerry Packer's War" and "Catching Milat", they were full of intentionally fictionalised moments that never actually happened or were carried out by a completely different character. I'm somewhat surprised at the reaction to the Brock series, I thought most people would know by now that these commercial TV dramas are never accurate.
  • There were some ridiculous time frame scenes in ep2. Larry Perkins left in 85 over seemingly losing any say in running the race team and the influence of Dowker on Brock, the show saw him leave in 87, as for the end of the 87 race where the show saw him announced inner on the podium, that didnt happen, he was announced winner six months after the race, by a court. And slug knew about the polariser very early when it fell out from under the dash of a race car he was testing and jammed under the brake pedal. that was just before LP left.
  • Typical Channel 10, most of their shows now are apologist Drivel, the Project being a prime example, a perfect opportunity for them to do a half believable show on Brock but creative license sadly got in the way from 2 minutes in and progressively got worse as it went on.. Absolute Rubbish.