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Peter Brock Trophy to last a lifetime

The Peter Brock Trophy will be presented by Brock's brother Phil to the winner of the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday, the sterling silver perpetual award a lasting memory of Peter Perfect at the racing circuit where he carved his remarkable reputation.

The nine-times Bathurst winner died in a rallying accident in WA last month.

The slim line cup mounted on polished hardwood, produced by Hardy Brothers Jewellers, took over 200 hours to construct and was only completed yesterday before being chartered into Bathurst and unveiled today.

Inscribed with the words "King of the Mountain", the 2.5kg and 50cm tall trophy will become one of Australian sport's most coveted prizes for many years to come.

"It will be around hopefully a lot longer than most of the people in this room," said V8 Supercars Australia chairman Tony Cochrane.

"In future years there will be two mini replicas, just like the Melbourne Cup has done, for the winners of this race.

"It will be one of the great trophies of motor sport in the world.

"It's got a base insurance value of $75,000, but after this week it's priceless."

Stuart Bishop, CEO of Hardy Brothers Jewellers, endured many sleepless nights over the past three weeks designing and manufacturing the Peter Brock Trophy.

"It was created in less than three weeks, we usually take two to three months to produce the Melbourne Cup," said Bishop.

"It was finished yesterday morning, the last finishing touches ... it was tight, very tight.

"I actually had to charter a plane to get here quick enough.

"It's an absolutely fantastic honour that we have been able to and were asked to produce this trophy."

Cochrane said the trophy was a fitting and lasting memory of the sport's biggest champion.

"It is truly a piece of work, absolutely magnificent and a fitting testament to the great life and legacy that Peter Brock has left us with."


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