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Brock qualified his #45D XU-1 fourth on the grid, lapping in 1m24.9s, 3.5-seconds slower than the pole time of Allan Moffat’s factory XY GT-HO. The Bryan Byrt-entered XY of Bob Skelton and Phil Barnes was second fastest with Brock’s teammate Bond qualifying third and joining him on the second row of the grid. But this race would prove to be one of survival rather than speed, especially given the pair of factory Falcons of Moffat and John French were out within eight laps and several Torana drivers found themselves in troubles with gear selector problems. Brock found himself as one of these and pitted within just a few laps to try and get the issued rectified. In the end he actually completed a large portion of the race stuck in top gear after a few pit stops to try and sort the issue proved no good.
“The problem I had with my car was really quite minor,” he reported post-race in his magazine column of the time. “Something was out of balance in the engine causing the gearshift rod retaining clips to crack due to vibration. It was a point which didn’t show up until the third or fourth lap of the race when I had the first of five or six pit stops.”
Brock also had a lucky escape around one-third distance when the Byrt Falcon of Skelton had a wild lose through the high-speed Causeway in front of him when a rear wheel came adrift and folded itself under the big Ford; the Torana pilot locked up all four wheels to ensure he didn’t become part of the accident scene! While Bond went on to win by five laps of the John Harding Ford-entered Falcon of Murray Carter, Brock eventually finish sixth overall and fourth in Class D after his delays with 121 of the 130 laps completed. Torana XU-1 drivers filled six of the top nine outright finishing positions with 25 of the 37 cars classified as finishers on what was a very good day’s work for Holden in the pre-Bathurst lead-up race.

This 1:18 Scale model will be produced in die-cast with fully opening parts, highly detailed engine bay, interior and undercarriage along with beautiful finishing throughout. Coming in a limited edition with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, it forms part of the Biante Peter Brock Collection and is one that shouldn’t be missed.