Friday, September 08, 2006

Another tribute to another Aussie

Another sunrise, and another tribute. It's been a bad week for our cousins over in Australia.

Most of you won't be familiar with this Aussie, Peter Brock, who has today died after running into a tree on a greasy road in the Targa Rally in Western Australia. Brockie was the face of motor racing in Australia, and also a mentor for Kiwi racing drivers. He fronted road safety ads here in New Zealand, and my kids grew up with his "only a fool breaks the 2 second rule" and "merge like a zip" messages. Of course, he delivered these in an Aussie accent, so they came out sounding like "only a ferl breaks the 2 second rerl" and "merge like a zeep". The kids used to trot these out as I drove, whenever they thought I wasn't doing it well. Just slogans maybe, but they stuck in your mind. He was know as "Peter Perfect" because of his unblemished driving record.

Brockie, you were a real character, and you'll be sadly missed. Posted by Picasa


Deb R said...

What's the 2-second rule?

I hadn't heard of Peter Brock, but the accident is a shame.

Your photo is beautiful!

Janet said...

geez. I'm sorry to hear this! He sounded like quite a character.

Shirley Goodwin said...

You should be able to count 2 seconds between lamp posts (this may not apply elsewhere), otherwise you're going too fast.

Anonymous said...

I've always understood it to be 2 seconds - "one thousand and one, one thousand and two" - between the time the car in front of you passes a stationary object and the time you pass the same object. MRM