Queensland businessman and avid motorsports competitor Stuart Bishop took great pride yesterday in assisting with the unveiling of the Peter Brock Memorial Trophy to be presented to the winner of this weekend's V8 Supercar Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event.
In his capacity as Chief Executive Officer of Hardy Brothers Jewellers, Bishop officially handed over the stunning and unique piece to officials of V8 Supercars Australia.
Hardy Brothers Jewellers, makers of the Melbourne Cup and the only Australian company to hold the Royal Warrant, was commissioned by V8 Supercars Australia to produce the Peter Brock Memorial Trophy.
The design and manufacture of the perpetual Trophy was a feat in itself with Bishop overseeing its completion in less than three weeks.
"We were given a design brief by V8 Supercars Australia from which to work from and I feel what we've created is something very iconic and totally befitting as a tribute to such a great sportsperson in Peter Brock," said Bishop.
"I'm sure this will become one of Australia's most cherished and legendary sporting prizes.
"Taken into perspective our usual turn around for the Melbourne Cup is about three months and what Hardy Brothers Jewellers has been able to achieve in just three weeks is testament to the hard work, dedication and attention to detail that we pride our name on."
For Stuart Bishop, today's unveiling also brought with it the opportunity to mix with some of the major V8 Supercar stars past and present during day two of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
While his own traditional motorsporting pursuits are of the drag racing variety, the chance to chat with team owners and drivers plus peruse the workshops of teams was one not lost on the usual pilot of the '67 Camaro Diamond Doorslammer.
"It's not often I get a chance to mix business with pleasure and through our official involvement with the creation of the Peter Brock trophy I couldn't resist the lure of my major passion for motorsport competition.
"I met with Ross Stone and it was very enlightening to hear that his entire operation has a very strong drag racing background, particularly in their engine shop area.
"Ross had even heard of the Diamond Doorslammer and was looking forward to seeing the car when we're involved in the 'Big Night Out' drag racing exhibition as part of the Gold Coast's Lexmark Indy 300 program on Friday."
As work commitments will prevent Bishop competing on a full-time basis during the 2006/07 season, the Diamond Doorslammer should prove the ideal target for anyone with a camera during Friday's 'Big Night Out' of the Lexmark Indy 300.
Fans of all ages at this year's Indy on the Gold Coast will have the chance to enter into the Nation-wide Wallace Bishop photographic competition simply by shooting images of all the drag racing action of Friday's 'Big Night Out'.
The photographic competition is run in conjunction with Stuart Bishop Racing, Queensland's Willowbank Raceway and the Ipswich Art Gallery, offering participants a chance to share in more than $20 000 in cash and prizes.
As a prestigious added bonus, five finalists in each of the six categories will have their images displayed at a public exhibition at the Ipswich Art Gallery, in the direct lead up to the World famous Willowbank Winternationals on June 8-10, 2007.