Q&A

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Bob Jane

Bob, what’s your favourite race car?

The Chevrolet Ca­maro and Monza. Your favourite track? War­wick Farm in Syd­ney and Mount Panorama at Bathurst.

Tough­est ri­val? Ian Geoghe­gan.

Your favourite win and why? It was the 1972 tour­ing car cham­pi­onship. It looked easy but with Mof­fat and CAMS bull­shit, and me hav­ing to go back to the 350 mo­tor and drum rear brakes on the Ca­maro, that win was sweeter than most oth­ers.

You put other driv­ers in your cars be­cause? To help them, to help and pro­mote the sport, to fa­cil­i­tate things to hap­pen – like Alan Jones and Niki Lauda and Frank Gard­ner – and to help CAMS with the AGP.

Thoughts on win­ning the early Arm­strong 500s?

The Great Race started in 1960 at Phillip Is­land and then went to Bathurst in 1963, so in a sen­tence it was a part of the be­gin­ning of vi­able mo­tor­sport in Aus­tralia. Re­mem­ber it was for 2000-3000 pound pro­duc­tion cars, not the $500,000 race­cars of to­day. How do those Bathurst wins rank in your ca­reer?

Why did you stop driv­ing so abruptly af­ter Bathurst in 1978?

My tyre busi­ness had ex­ploded and I had to travel more to deal with the de­mands of T-Marts.

Harry Firth was? A real fox, who helped me a lot. Harry helped me be­come a win­ner by slow­ing me down, and then to se­lect my fu­ture race­cars.

Al­lan Mof­fat was? Ini­tially a friend, a good driver, but a strange per­son in some ways. Don’t for­get he drove my F5000 at War­wick Farm.

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