MOTOR LEGEND FIGHTS FOR LIFE
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.