MO­TOR LEG­END FIGHTS FOR LIFE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - FIONA BYRNE

AL­LAN Mof­fat’s bat­tles with Peter Brock were the stuff of mo­tor­sport leg­end in the 1970s — but they are noth­ing com­pared to the strug­gle he is fac­ing now.

On the one hand the four­time Bathurst win­ner has been di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and has re­cently been moved into a spe­cial care fa­cil­ity in Mel­bourne.

If that was not bad enough, le­gal pro­ceed­ings have be­gun to de­cide who is re­spon­si­ble for Mof­fat, with his es­tranged part­ner Su­san McCure on one side and his el­der son An­drew on the other.

Former rac­ing car ri­val Larry Perkins is lead­ing the Supreme Court ac­tion on the rac­ing great’s be­half to en­sure his will re­flects his fi­nal wishes. He is be­ing helped by another former Bathurst win­ner Fred Gib­son and day-to-day minder Phil Grant.

In doc­u­ments filed to Mel­bourne’s Supreme Court ear­lier this month, Perkins, as Mof­fat’s ad­min­is­tra­tor, has asked that a will be made that “re­flects what the in­ten­tions of Al­lan Ge­orge Mof­fat would be likely to be, or what his in­ten­tions might rea­son­ably be ex­pected to be, if he had tes­ta­men­tary ca­pac­ity.”

While that plays out, other former team­mates and former ri­vals have ral­lied around Mof­fat, a four­time Aus­tralian tour­ing car cham­pion.

Mof­fat is still mak­ing reg­u­lar public ap­pear­ances and was in­ducted into the Sport Aus­tralia Hall of Fame last year but there are times when the feisty former racer is only a shadow of his on­ce­tow­er­ing pres­ence in the mo­tor­sport world.

“He is in the big­gest race of his life. But he is en­joy­ing it,” Perkins said.

“He is aware that he has de­men­tia. And he is try­ing to rise to the oc­ca­sion.”

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Former ri­val Larry Perkins

De­spite the le­gal moves, his friends and fam­ily would dearly like to avoid the messi­ness that turned the fi­nal years of his long-time race ri­val, Bob Jane, into a soap opera.

Jane and his son Rod­ney had a bit­ter bat­tle in court, the former driver claim­ing his son had taken ad­van­tage of him after he suf­fered a stroke in 2006 and wiped out al­most all of his es­ti­mated $100 mil­lion em­pire.

Rod­ney Jane told the court if it wasn’t for him the com­pany would have col­lapsed more than a decade ago.

The court ruled against Bob Jane and in favour of Rod­ney.

It is be­lieved that at the time of Bob Jane’s death he and Rod­ney had not rec­on­ciled.

While Perkins is work­ing to pro­tect his race mate, he wants peo­ple to know that Mof­fat is do­ing well.

“He is go­ing down­hill but he loves the home where he is now. He is still get­ting out and about,” Perkins said.

“Yes, he is in the tough­est race of his life. But we’ve got the best med­i­cal team look­ing after him.

“We’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can. He is go­ing down­hill. But he doesn’t have a care in the world.”

The 79-year-old was last month hon­oured by the cre­ation of a Ford Mus­tang to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the car that cat­a­pulted him to great­ness.

He was known as “Mis­ter Ford” for much of his ca­reer, usu­ally bat­tling against Peter Brock, who was the king of Hold­ens.

Mof­fat took Bathurst in 1970-’71, ’73 and ’77, while Brock took out the big race in 1972, 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Mof­fat takes the Bathurst che­quered flag in 1970.

Mof­fat and Perkins and (left) Mof­fat with es­tranged part­ner Su­san McCure.

Mof­fat cel­e­brates his win in 1977.

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