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The Truth About Peter Brock: His Children Break Their Silence

Bev is now proud mum to three adult children

After years of staying out of the headlines, Peter Brock’s daughter Alexandra can’t stay quiet any longer.

The mum-of-three, now 33, wants to redress the many fallacies in stories and on-air interviews that surfaced around the recent broadcast of the mini-series Brock, which screened 10 years after the motor-racing legend’s tragic death.

The most insulting was the ‘revelation’ from former family friend Julie Bamford that her beloved mum Bev Brock somehow encouraged a sexual relationship between Julie and her dad.

Alexandra and Peter Brock at Bathurst
Alexandra and Peter at Bathurst, circa 1993.

“Mum trusted Julie, they were friends until they were not friends,” reveals Alexandra, who was 23 and had just become a new mum when her dad was killed in a WA race accident.

“She trusted her as a friend with Dad, until she didn’t trust her. As for encouraging a sexual relationship, what a cruel and insulting thing to suggest.”

Alexandra adds that Bev wasn’t controlling of Peter; she took care of all the little things so he had the time to be the person he was, to have the time and energy to serve his fans and maintain his career.

She kept him fed whilst he spent hours signing autographs, she kept lap times at the races, she picked outfits for him as he raced home between functions with no time to spare.

She sewed badges on race suits, designed and sewed uniforms for the promo girls, she organised and cooked and cleaned and raised his kids, maintained the home, helped manage his career and ran the charity foundation, all the while loving and supporting Peter, says Alexandra.

Bev Brock was devoted to Peter Brock

Made for the cinema, Brock: Over the Top is available to rent from Friday 3 July on digital platforms such as Apple TV, Fetch and Google Play.

“An amazing and talented woman in her own right gave everything to their life together. She nursed Dad’s parents as they died, they lived on the farm with us.

“She became a Brock because she and Dad decided to be a family but didn’t feel the need to have their life dictated by bits of paper and after several marriages already on the plate they didn’t believe in marriage, which were the very words Dad had said to me several times when I begged them to have a wedding so I could be a flower girl/bridesmaid/attender of a big cool party.”

Despite reports to the contrary, Alexandra also says she wasn’t estranged from Peter after he broke up with Bev, his loving and devoted partner of 28 years.

“Things were tough and I was pretty brutally honest with him which was really unpleasant for him, but we kept in touch, regularly.

“I was even at that Christmas Eve dinner Julie mentioned [in the media] with my brother and my partner; I’m not sure why she doesn’t remember.

“I made sure I kept in touch with Dad because I didn’t want there to be rift. I have some lovely photos from our lunches together with him holding my baby and some stories he told me about working on the car that he eventually died driving. I don’t think estrangement means what Julie thinks it means.”

Peter Brock’s biggest regret

Alexandra adds that Peter confided in her a year before he died that he was sorry for not being a better Dad.

“He truly felt he failed as a father, not just about being there but also about the things he promised,” says Alexandra.

“Whenever we saw him he looked older and more tired than I had ever seen him.

“It was a pretty dramatic time with a hell of a lot of upheaval.”

Alexandra also wants to address the allegations made in the media that Peter was violent in any way around his family.

“Dad was never aggressive or angry around or towards us, not even once,” she says.

“He was kind and gentle and stubborn and a know-it-all, but never violent. I mean he got cross at us when we were being shits, but completely within normal parameters of family life.”

Brock TV series about Peter Brock

Her brothers James and Robert are disappointed in the TV depiction of the man fans called ‘Peter Perfect’. They both believe it could have been so much better if more people closer to Peter had been given an input.

“He was a complex man with a great many facets; four hours of poorly written script focused mostly on his racing career had no possibility to capture just how in-depth his life really was,” says Robert.

“His family thanks you all for how you choose to remember Peter, and respect the life choices he made, even if you don’t completely understand the why, there was always reason; he never did something without purpose.”

Comfort from family and friends

Alexandra adds that coping with the last 10 years has been incredibly tough for her and her brothers.

On top of the grief, she also suffered post-natal depression, which is still on-going, and anxiety, and then had to watch powerlessly from the wings as her dad’s estate was carved up by Julie Bamford in a will challenge.

“Through it all I’ve found humour and the love of amazing family and friends that have helped us all and also I have been blessed with a mother who has taught me kindness and to face things with integrity,” she says.

“The shit-stirring-stubborn bits of me are all Dad.”

Written by James Graham

With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, The Carousel Editor James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum.

James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens.

He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea.

Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media.

When not in the Ed’s chair, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.

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  1. Agree, it takes courage to speak out and we delighted the Brock family agreed to our interview so we could share it with The Carousel audience. Stay tuned for more.

  2. It is lovely to hear a daughter speak with such respect and love for her father. I truly believe every work of her and her brothers story of their beloved dad. MY husband and l followed Brocky for his entire racing career. He went through a time of Peter perfect but the more spiritual he became the more we all saw the wonderful and talented man he was. I hope that is how he will always be remembered. I really don’t think anyone will ever beat his record at Bathurst! At least l pray NOT!

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