Where are they now – David Whitehead (SPC 1978-84)

March 25, 2024

The College recently reconnected with Old Collegian David Whitehead (SPC 1978-84) who spent his formative years in the close company of motor racing royalty as personal mechanic to Aussie motor racing icon Peter Brock. David writes about his life, his many fond memories and the teachers who influenced him during his time at SPC.


David Whitehead.

Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?

I left at the end of Year 12 and ended up getting a mechanical apprenticeship with Aussie motor racing icon Peter Brock. I spent 10 years in various roles with him and ended up as his personal mechanic and later in the commercial management of his affairs. Presently, I am the Group General Manager of Sheen Panel Service in Melbourne – we have 27 repair shops!


David pictured with Peter Brock.

Do you have family ties with SPC?

My brother Michael Whitehead (SPC 1968-71) was as SPC before me.


What are your fondest memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?

Cadets was my thing – the amazing Br Zoch and so many others. Lots of great stories and fun times.
I was destined for the Army as a result of this, but ended up in car racing.


Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?

There were many greats at SPC, but Br Zoch had a high work ethic and great sense of humour.


How has your education shaped your professional life?

The overall education and life experience and moral compass developed at school has been long-lasting.


How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?

Absolutely! Good values, a sense of team and selflessness are all great outcomes.


If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?

Make the most of it. Your parents have created an amazing opportunity for you to be at this College. It will shape you forever – don’t let the bad days get you down.

David, pictured in his matriculation class photograph, as published in the 1984 College Annual.

David was a boarder at SPC.

David loved his experience in the cadets at SPC and was destined for the Army until his life followed another path.