PETER BROCK’S CHILDHOOD HOME SOLD

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 was auctioned on the weekend, selling for $893,000.

The final sale figure for the house – 26 ANZAC Avenue in Hurstbridge – was above the indicative sale guide price of between $750,000 and $820,000.

Three bidders competed for the three-bedroom weatherboard residence on Saturday April 23.

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.

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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!

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

It’s understood that oil from these rebuilds went everywhere and seeped into the floorboards. 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 those rebuilds, so we expect the stains indeed still there to this very day!

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 and was on the road to stardom in Australian motorsport.

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.