End of the road for beloved racer turned tyre king Bob Jane

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

TYRE king Bob Jane has been re­mem­bered as a lov­ing father fol­low­ing his death caused by a long bat­tle with ill­ness.

The mo­tor rac­ing com­mu­nity yes­ter­day paid trib­ute to the 88-year-old who had bat­tled prostate can­cer.

His fam­ily is­sued a state­ment say­ing they were gath­ered at his bed­side when he died.

“It was our priv­i­lege to have had him as our dad, whom we loved and cher­ished,” the state­ment from chil­dren Courtney, Char­lotte and Robert Jane said.

“We will miss him deeply and he will for­ever be in our hearts.

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

Jane’s chil­dren said he died from a “long and brave” fight with prostate can­cer. It is un­der­stood he also re­cently suf­fered a stroke.

Jane was a four-time win­ner of the Arm­strong 500 and a four-time Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pion.

He was in­ducted into the V8 Su­per­cars Hall of Fame in 2000.

CEO of the Aus­tralian Grand Prix An­drew Wes­ta­cott said it was “very sad” Jane had passed away. “He was one of the char­ac­ters of mo­tor­sport in this coun­try. He’ll be sadly missed by many,” he said.

In 1965, Jane opened the first Bob Jane T-Mart store in Mel- bourne. They later spread across the coun­try, with dozens of stores now in NSW and the ACT.

A state­ment from Bob Jane head­quar­ters said thoughts were with the fam­ily.

Bob Jane had a pub­lic fall­ing out with his son Rod­ney af­ter he took over the T-Mart busi­ness. LIFE OF A MO­TOR- RAC­ING TYRE KING: PAGE 33

Bob Jane.

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