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25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Join us for the 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance!

Date: March 5th-8th, 2020

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Amelia Island, FL

Visit the Aerovault display at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to see what the MKII has to offer, and pick up a copy of one of Peter’s books for him to sign for you! This world-class event hosts some of the most amazing cars in the world, you never know what you’ll find gracing the green during the epic weekend of pure automotive excellence! Honoring Roger Penske and featuring cars by Harley Earl, the 25th Anniversary of this Concours won’t be one to miss.

18th Annual Dr. George Charity Car Show

Join us for the 18th Annual Dr. George Charity Car Show!

Date: February 8th, 2020

Time: 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Location: Indian Wells Tennis Garden

78200 Miles Ave
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States

Visit the Aerovault display at the Dr. George car show to say hello to Peter, Gayle, and Kit! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Aerovault MKII on display and learn about Peter’s automotive exploits by picking up a copy of one (or both) of his books! The admission cost to the event is $5 per person for spectators, and all proceeds benefit the Desert Cancer Foundation. We hope to see you there!

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

Dates: January 12-14

LocationWestworld of Scottsdale: 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Peter and Gayle Brock will be attending the Barrett-Jackson Opening Night Gala Sunday night the 12th and walking the auction earlier that day and Monday. The auction continues throughout the week but they’ll be returning back to BRE and Aerovault on the 14th. Will they see you there?

SHELBY Red Carpet Premiere in Hollywood

Hollywood Premiere of Shelby American film!” Wednesday January 8, 2020
Join Peter Brock and other Shelby American employees Wednesday night for the theatrical premiere of the documentary “Shelby American: The Carroll Shelby Story”.
You may have seen this film already on Netflix but imagine seeing it on a big screen with some of the people that made Shelby American what it was. The film follows Shelby’s life using his own testimony and that of the people who worked for and around him both on and off the track, including Peter Brock, who worked for Carroll from 1961 through 1965 (to read more about that period, check out the history section of our BRE website here).
Where: Montalban Theater Hollywood, located at 1615 Vine Street in Hollywood, CA 90028. This is a unique Hollywood theater which is worth a visit just on its own.
When: Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
Schedule:
• 6:30 PM Red carpet meet-and-greet
• 7:30 Screening begins!
• 9:45-10:30 VIP afterparty
Go here to purchase tickets to this red-carpet premiere!

Cobra Killers

Someone told me you were in the 1964 movie The Killers. Can you tell us more?

Back in the ‘60s things were pretty fluid in the racing world and a person could be involved in several different projects, unlike today where you mostly have to be dedicated solely to the team you’re with. Even while working at Shelby’s I raced my own cars, including a small 1000cc Hino sedan and a 1300cc Hino Contessa, both right hand drive. Fast cars attracted a lot of stars back then and they would just stop by local shops, whether it was Max Balchowsky’s Hollywood Motors where I first worked when I returned to California from GM in Detroit in 1959 or at Shelby’s.

at right: Peter Brock racing Hino Contessa at
Mission Bell 100, support race to Riverside Grand Prix
Hino Contessa

Whenever Hollywood needed race consultants and drivers it was pretty easy for them to tap local talent.  I was a consultant and stunt driver in the movie The Killers that came out in 1964 of which I remember mainly Angie Dickinson (she’s pretty easy to remember) and Ronald Reagan (his last film role). A Cobra roadster played a pivotal role in the movie. Years ago someone told my wife, Gayle, that if you slow the movie down to frame by frame, in one frame you can see a moment’s glimpse of my derriere as I jump over a fence. They offered to show her at which time she said she was already familiar with that view, but thanks anyway (-: I was also a driver in The Love Bug but most of my scenes were cut. To do these films I needed to join the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). SAG decided my name was too close to another actor, Peter Brooks, so they made me come up with something different. I chose Hall Brock, Hall being my mother’s maiden name. Hall Brock still receives royalty checks (small as they may be) whenever these movies play!

Killers Movie Cobra
Actors Angie Dickinson and John Cassavetes in Cobra Roadster during filming of The Killers. Note Peter Brock's Falcon sedan delivery at far left, white with blue stripes.

I was also involved in a little known short film (which did not require my SAG card) called “1:42.08”.  I was introduced to a USC Film student in ‘66. His first love was cars and he had planned to become a professional race car driver until that dream ended when he had a serious accident shortly after his High School graduation in 1962, so he enrolled at USC. In film school in ‘66 he was given his first Director’s assignment to direct a short film. Still interested in cars, he wrote a script for this film called “1:42.08 to Qualify” (title later changed to “1:42.08”). The story line is that a driver is practicing on a track with his race car to try to make a lap time of 1:42.08. No words are spoken, just a guy pushing his car (and his driving ability) to the limit trying to make the time. You can find it on the internet. This kid knew Allen Grant from Shelby American and asked for a recommendation for a driver that could also provide a car for his film project. Grant recommended me due to my experience in the movie industry and I had access to a Lotus 23 that could be used.

I borrowed the Lotus and a few days were spent filming at the Willow Springs race track in California. James Garner was there at the same time, taking laps in a Formula car for an upcoming film he would be starring in called “Grand Prix”. The most memorable part of this experience were the evenings where we hung out at dinner and this kid would share his vision for a series of sci-fi movies he wanted to make. It sounded kind of like Buck Rogers with strange creatures and better weapons. Very strange and we just kind of nodded and patronized this enthusiastic kid. In ‘63 the guys at Shelby American called the Daytona Coupe I was designing and building (before it went on track and proved itself) “Brock’s Folly”.  It would be fair to say that as we heard this kid sharing his vision we thought of this as “George’s Folly”.  The Daytona Coupe went on to win the FIA GT World Championship in ‘65. This kid, George Lucas, brought his “Buck Rogers” vision to life with the release in ’77 of his first Star Wars movie. I love it when people realize their dreams and vision even, or maybe especially, if others consider it a folly at first!

top right:  George Lucas (center) inspects position of camera man and camera in basket on camera car. Driver, Peter Brock, in Lotus at right.

 

center right:  Peter Brock filmed at-speed while
director George Lucas looks on at right.

 

bottom right:  James Garner pulls up in Formula car (on left) he's practicing in for the movie Grand Prix. Camera man and George Lucas center.
Peter Brock in Lotus at right.
George Lucas 1:42.08
George Lucas 1:42.08
George Lucas 1:42.08