Motor racing legend dies, aged 88

Australian motor racing legend Bob Jane has died at the age of 88.

His family said in a statement that he died on Friday night “after a long and brave battle” with prostate cancer.

“It is with great sadness that we would like to share the passing of our dad, Bob Jane (Robert Frederick Jane),” Jane’s children Courtney, Charlotte and Robert said in a statement on Saturday.

“It was our privilege to have had him as our dad, whom we loved and cherished. We will miss him deeply and he will forever be in our hearts.

“Whilst dad was an Australian icon and champion of the community, most importantly to us he was our loving dad.”

Known for his chain of tyre stores Bob Jane T-Marts, Jane was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also a four-time winner of the Armstrong 500 (which later became known as the Bathurst 1000) and a four-time Australian Touring Car champion.


Have to say I've bought a few Bob Jane tyres in my time. RIP Bob J

Rodney screwed his old man over - the poor guy led a miserable life in the years leading to his death becasue of his son

Bob Janes story is an interesting one. It's hard to know exactly what goes on behind closed doors of course, but it would seem Bob was an Alpha personality as a young person and wasn't above bullying to get what he wanted. And so, started the business in this manner.

His son Rod would appear the real brains of the outfit, he took the business back from the brink of bankruptsy to being a viable enterprise.

Rod has been critisized for upsetting Bob in his old age, but without Rod's intervention, Bob would have died penniless due to his young wifes spending habits and his age related declining business accumen. RIP Bob.


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