BROCK’S TARGA MONARO EMERGES AGAIN

Brock and Anne Gigney tackle Targa Tasmania in 2004. Photo: Supplied.

THE Holden Monaro that Peter Brock drove three times in Targa Tasmania has popped up for sale in an online auction.

The CV8 Monaro is the car that Brock drove in Targa in 2002, 2003 and 2004. It remains in its black livery from the ’04 event.

The car spent time in the Brock car collection of Peter Champion and was part of the ‘Brock’s Garage’ display at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast before that closed down.

It was passed in at the Brock car collection auction in Bathurst at $150,000 in 2018 and now another attempt is being made at selling the car via online auction.

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Brock drove this particular Monaro with James Brock navigating for the ’02 event and Tasmanian Anne Gigney navigated in ’03 and ’04.

Brock ran in the top 10 for much of the week in 2002 and delighted the locals with sideways demonstrations of his car-craft in most of the town-based special stages.

On the final day he made a run for the podium but was pushed off the road by an ailing Corvette, losing valuable time.

The Brocks took the #05 Monaro to an impressive sixth-place finish in ‘02, only beaten by turbo Porsches and four-wheel-drive purpose-built supercars. 

In 2003 Brock and Gigney were running strongly until they ran out of fuel and dropped down the standings. They recovered to finish in the top 10. 

The Monaro had a new look for the 2004 Targa event, presented in the striking new black and gold livery of Autoart model cars. 

This new sponsorship was realised through the late Trevor Young, Brock’s long-time friend and founder of Biante Model Cars. 

Brock found himself out of contention in the 2004 event after hitting a pothole and damaging the left front tyre. He received a compulsory two-minute penalty after changing the wheel. 

On the ‘Natone’ stage Brock misjudged a corner and put the black Monaro through a wire fence into a paddock. The damage from this excursion remains visible on the car to this day – he sure was having a ‘red-hot go’! 

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.