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Hurstbridge: Childhood home of Peter Brock sells at auction for $893,000

Childhood home of Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock sells at auction for $893,000

The childhood home of the late Australian motor racing champion Peter Brock sold at auction on Saturday for $893,000.

The three-bedroom weatherboard house in leafy Hurstbridge, 28km north-east of Melbourne, exceeded its price guide of $750,000 to $820,000.

A local couple won the auction after three bidders competed for the property, Ciaran Brannigan, director of Morrison Kleeman Estate Agents, told realestate.com.au.

Charming: The childhood home of the late Australian motor racing champion Peter Brock sold at auction on Saturday for $893,000

The home, which has not been in the Brock family for decades, was last on the market 16 years ago when it sold for $337,000 in 2006.

Mr Brannigan said: ‘Definitely almost everybody mentioned it [the connection to Brock] but I don’t think anyone was bidding because of that.’

There had been renovations to the red-roofed cottage over the years, including updates to the kitchen and bathrooms.

King of the Mountain: Brock rose to fame in the 1970s when he won the six-hour endurance race for production cars at Mount Panorama Bathurst nine times between 1972 and 1987

King of the Mountain: Brock rose to fame in the 1970s when he won the six-hour endurance race for production cars at Mount Panorama Bathurst nine times between 1972 and 1987

Features include a large paved alfresco area ideal for outdoor entertaining, a free-standing studio and a sunny lounge area with a log fire.

Old-style charm has been maintained with its decorative cornice work and tessellated tiles.

The kitchen has up-to-date appliances, and a stainless-steel splashback. 

Former home: The three-bedroom weatherboard house in Hurstbridge, which has not been in the Brock family for decades, exceeded its price guide of $750,000 to $820,000

Former home: The three-bedroom weatherboard house in Hurstbridge, which has not been in the Brock family for decades, exceeded its price guide of $750,000 to $820,000

Brock rose to fame in the 1970s when he won the six-hour endurance race for production cars at Mount Panorama Bathurst nine times between 1972 and 1987.

After this, he was dubbed ‘King of the Mountain’ and maintained a high profile both as a competitor and commentator on Australian and New Zealand television.

He died at the age of 61 after crashing his car during a motor rally in 2006 and was given a state funeral in Victoria.

Well-designed: The kitchen has up-to-date appliances, and a stainless-steel splashback

Well-designed: The kitchen has up-to-date appliances, and a stainless-steel splashback 

According to Ciaran Brannigan, agents handling the sale, the only remaining traces of the champion left in the home are oil stains on the floorboards.

Apparently the damage, now covered by carpet, was caused when a 12 year-old Brock attempted to build a race car in one of the bedrooms.

The auction will take place on April 23.  

Under the hammer: The auction took place on Saturday, April 23 (the loungeroom is seen here)

Under the hammer: The auction took place on Saturday, April 23 (the loungeroom is seen here)

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