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