Archive for September 8th, 2006

Peter Brock Dead?

Original Story 3:07pm
2CC have just broken the news (citing Sky News as a source) that motor racing legend Peter Brock has been killed in a racing accident.

More news as it comes to hand.

Samuel

Update: 3:13pm
Still unconfirmed, but more details, apparently the car hit a tree and knocked it down. Brock had a co-driver, condition unknown.
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Update: 3:30pm
2CC news is reporting that police have confirmed the death. News conference shortly.
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Update: 4:06pm
Looks like it is all confirmed now…I do have to wonder what will happen to the “have lunch with Peter Brock” competition that some shed company has been running during their television advertisements…I hope they pull the ads quick smart.

2CC’s 4PM news confirmed beyond all reasonable doubt that Peter Brock has died in a single vehicle accident and his co-driver is in a stable condition. I’ll let news.com.au fill in the other details (I just wish they would stop using the 3:05pm timestamp on their article…their first note appeared at 3:07, and the latest update was much later than that.

MOTOR racing champion driver Peter Brock has been killed in a racing accident in Western Australia.

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) said in a statement the accident occurred at about 1.50pm (AEST).

Sixty-one-year-old Brock’s co-driver, believed to Mick Hone, has been taken to hospital in a stable condition. CAMS said it will conduct a full investigation into the incident.

In the meantime, CAMS and event officials are working with the relevant civil authorities.

“On behalf of the motor sport community, CAMS offers its sincere sympathy to Peter’s family and many friends,” the statement said.

Targa West is a tarmac special stage rally.

Brock was a dominant figure in Australian motor sport, winning the Bathurst 1000, Australia’s most prominent domestic motorsport event, a total of nine times through the 1970s and 80s.

He won six Bathurst 1000 wins in seven years, including his victory in the 1979 event, which he won by a record six laps.

He retired from full-time driving in 1997.

Since 1997, he had made two return visits to Bathurst in 2002 and 2004 and returned to top-level touring car racing as a team owner of “Team Brock” in 2002 in the V8 Supercar category.

A year later he sold his share in the team to Kees Weel.

In recent years, he occasionally competed in various motorsport events such as the Targa Tasmania.

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9 comments September 8th, 2006 at 03:07pm

Will somebody shoot down the Optus B1 satellite before it drives everyone mad?

Or if not, send the long overdue replacement satellite up to take its place please?

This is now officially out of hand, the Optus B1 satellite has managed to stop broadcasting almost hourly all day, and has been having similar incidents throughout the week. The poor panel operators at stations which rely on that satellite are surely being driven mad by the constant loss of programming, and the shambles it makes of ad break schedules.

The John Laws show was a joke this morning…Tim Webster was filling in, but we didn’t get to hear much of him doing that, instead network stations had to take other measures, which in 2CC’s case meant playing lots of songs which sounded like songs Webster would have played…and even replaying interviews Webster did last week! The bits of Tim Webster’s show that we did get to hear seemed to mostly involve him playing more music (with constant audio glitches from the satellite feed).

I don’t know what Southern Cross plan on doing about the football tonight…I think we are going to have a bunch of network stations getting the webstreams ready just in case…or perhaps they will just ring the feeder stations and use a telephone quality signal.

Either way, this is a mess, and Optus need to get the replacement satellite up there before B1 completely dies.

Samuel

5 comments September 8th, 2006 at 03:06pm

Samuel’s Footy Tips

The finals are about to get underway, so here are my tips.

AFL Finals Week 1
Saints V Demons
Crows V Dockers
Eagles V Swans
Magpies V Bulldogs

NRL Finals Week 1
Knights V Sea Eagles
Broncos V Dragons
Bulldogs V Raiders
Storm V Eels

It’s going to be a weekend full of muted televisions and difficulty deciding between the NRL on 2CC, and the AFL on 2CA!

Samuel

September 8th, 2006 at 02:50pm


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