Bathurst not enough? Settle in for the Brock telemovie
BROCKY'S back for Bathurst weekend.
As much as we wish a veteran Peter Brock was showing the modern guns how to really tackle the Mountain, fate robbed us of our motorsport icon tragically early.
But 10 years after Brock was killed on the Targa West rally in WA, and to coincide with this year's Bathurst 1000, Network Ten is showing a two-part, three-hour telemovie on Brock's story tomorrow and Monday evenings.
It's not an archive footage-heavy documentary (although we'd be keen on three hours of that too), but a dramatisation that neatly blends fact with a bit of creative licence to appeal to a wider audience.
So even if the rest of your family isn't keen on the motorsport elements, Brock's colourful and fascinating life story and its central characters should ensure there's no fighting over the remote.
Is it worth a watch? Most certainly. Having seen a preview, Brock delivers as a compelling biopic, with lead actor Matt Le Nevez bringing the style and compassion needed to represent Peter Perfect.
Yes it's a bit cheesy at times, and true motorsport fans may groan a bit that it focuses more on the human side of Brock than his sublime racing, but it never stops being compelling viewing.
It's bursting with all the colour of the 1970s and '80s, accurate on the key elements of the Brock story and, of course, emotional at times.
Above all, it's a fine way to honour this racing legend and, to those who weren't around to enjoy Peter's era of dominance, explain a bit of why he meant so much to so many.
Bev Brock (played by Ella Scott Lynch) and girlfriend Julie Bamford (Natalie Bassingthwaighte) represent Brock's personal life well, while Brendan Cowell is an on-screen joy by nailing it as long-time Brock rival Allan Moffat.
As for the car stuff, thankfully Brock's career-defining race cars are for the most part all there, but painfully, thanks to our nanny state legislation, you'll find those wonderful cigarette liveries erased.
Motorsport fans know that dramatised racing on television and film can never match the real thing, for obvious reasons.
Big budget movies such as Rush (telling the story of F1 World Champions Niki Lauda and James Hunt) and Steve McQueens's Le Mans have perhaps done dramatised racing most successfully, but don't expect the far- lower-budget Brock to compete on this level - although there are a couple of noteworthy racing drifts to enjoy.
Brock does make up for this by using archive footage from Peter's racing career, which should appease ardent racing fans to some extent. If only there was more of it though.
Seven had the television rights to the Bathurst 1000 during Brock's run of nine race wins between 1972 and 1987 and perhaps understandably, if disappointingly, didn't grant Ten access to its archive footage. Producers had to send out a plea to fans who had their own archival footage.
If you don't get hung up on such things, settle down and enjoy a fascinating tale, some noteworthy acting and a bit of race car porn thrown in.
Details: Two-part telemovie on Peter Brock's life story.
See it: On Ten on Sunday, October 9, at 8.30pm and Monday, October 10, at 9pm.