Brock cruise departs on Sunday

Brock brigade . . . Holden Enthusiasts Club of Otago members (from left) Merv Fox, Conan Mitchell, Mike Dee, Karen Charlton, Derek Griffin, Russell Ischia, Simon Crosbie, and Zana, Ross and Cohen (12) Clearwater, all of Dunedin, are set for the club's 13th annual Peter Brock Memorial Cruise departing the car park near Dunedin Ice Stadium in St Kilda at 1.30pm on Sunday. PHOTOS: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Don’t expect any moments of silence at a memorial for a racing legend in Dunedin tomorrow.

Holden Enthusiasts Club of Otago committee member Conan Mitchell, of Dunedin, said the club was hoping to get 100 vehicles to its 13th annual Peter Brock Memorial Cruise.

The career of the Australian motor racing driver was associated with Holden for nearly 40 years.

Brock won the Bathurst 1000 endurance race nine times, the Sandown 500 touring car race nine times, the Australian Touring Car Championship three times, the Bathurst 24 Hour once and was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 2001.

“For a Holden enthusiast, Brock was the be-all and end-all – he’s a legend.”

Brock hit a tree while driving in a rally in Western Australia in 2006, killing the 61-year-old instantly.

The number of participants in the cruise had increased every year but it had never reached triple figures.

Mr Mitchell said the fleet set to go on the memorial cruise included a range of Holdens – a mix of Kingswoods to Clubsports – but the event was open to anyone, driving any type of vehicle.

“Peter Brock used to drive everything and we get everything from Ferraris to Corvettes.”

The cruise departs the car park near Dunedin Ice Stadium in St Kilda at 1.30pm on Sunday.

The route is a secret until tomorrow, but drivers would need a half-tank of fuel to finish it.

A function would follow the cruise in the club’s headquarters in the Forbury Bowling Club.

This year, the cruise would raise funds for No One Ever Stands Alone – a charity against drink and drugged driving and supporting victims and their families.

The day before the cruise, the club would display a range of Holdens in the Autospectacular at Dunedin’s Edgar Centre today.

The show’s theme was “mild to wild” and the club planned to stick to it by pairing two of the same Holden model – one factory standard and one modified.