PETER BROCK’S CHILDHOOD HOME GOING TO AUCTION

The front view of 26 ANZAC Avenue in Hurstbridge, formerly home of the Brock family. Photo: Morrison Kleeman.

THE house that Australian motorsport great Peter Brock grew up in will be auctioned next month.

Located in Hurstbridge on the outskirts of Melbourne, 26 ANZAC Avenue has just been listed with an indicative sale price guide of between $750,000 and $820,000.

It’s the home that the nine-time Bathurst ‘Great Race’ winner grew up in alongside brothers Neil, Lewis and Phil with parents Geoff and Ruth.

The three-bedroom, one bathroom weatherboard house was built in 1949 but didn’t have electricity until seven years later.

The four boys initially shared the one bedroom before the house was extended, allowing Peter and Neil to share a room and young brothers Lewis and Phil to share the original bedroom.

It’s in this very house that the young racing tyro brought home the engine from his famous Austin 7 paddock basher to strip and rebuild – on his bedroom floor, much to brother Neil’s chagrin at the time!

It’s understood that oil from this work went everywhere and seeped into the floorboards in the bedroom. In fact, Lewis Brock (who worked as a real estate agent in Hurstbridge) inspected the house in the mid 2000s and underneath the carpet remained the huge oil stain from the rebuild works, so we expect the stains indeed to still be there to this very day!

A young Peter Brock at the wheel of the Austin 7 in which he honed his driving skills as a youngster.

The Brock family later moved into Ruth’s late parents’ house in Wattle Glen, by which time Peter had started work in the spare parts department of the Preston Motors Holden dealership.

The renovated Hurstbridge home will be go to auction at 10.30am on Saturday April 23 and is open for inspection on March 31 from 6.30 to 7.00pm.

Further information is available here from the agents handling the sale, Morrison Kleeman.

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.