Keep­ing up with the Janes

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - Paul Gover

BOB Jane has been in the news a lot in re­cent years— and not for the right rea­sons. The re­tired racer and tyre ty­coon has led a colour­ful life, and his most re­cent fam­ily feud has been dragged through the courts and splashed over the me­dia.

Now we’re go­ing to see the full in­side story, com­plete with a set of fam­ily in­ter­views with all the ma­jor play­ers, in a new pro­gram on ABC tele­vi­sion. It’s called Fam­ily Con­fi­den­tial and the Bob Jane episode, called The Janes, airs next Mon­day at 8pm.

It prom­ises plenty of early back­ground on Bob Jane, who dragged him­self out of the De­pres­sion and the mean streets of Brunswick to be­come a cham­pion bi­cy­cle racer, car dealer and tyre tyro.

But the real meat is the re­cent stuff, in­clud­ing his lat­est mar­riage— to a woman 40 years younger— and its dis­as­trous dis­in­te­gra­tion through nasty court ap­pear­ances.

The show prom­ises to be more like a train wreck than a snug­gly fam­ily story like The Wal­tons, but should be com­pelling stuff.

‘‘Sh--hap­pens, as they say,’’ he says. ‘‘I sup­pose, with­out be­ing pa­thetic, I am a vic­tim of it.’’

For some­one who knows Bob Jane and has fol­lowed his story for more than 30 years, the idea of a tele­vi­sion show is no sur­prise. But there will be plenty of sur­prises in the show.

It will be good to see and hear the truth, or their ver­sion of it, from the Jane fam­ily.

Bob is 80 and ‘‘a bach­e­lor again’’, but there is no sign of him run­ning out of steam.

He is still work­ing hard, stir­ring the pot on the motorsport scene, and has big plans for his Calder Park race base.

I have a sneak­ing sus­pi­cion The Janes will be one more chap­ter, and def­i­nitely not the fi­nal chap­ter for big Bob.

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