Sport Motorsport Motorsport legend and tyre mogul Bob Jane dead at 88

Motorsport legend and tyre mogul Bob Jane dead at 88

Bob Jane in 2009. Photo: AAP/Julian Smith
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Car racing legend and prominent businessman Bob Jane has died aged 88 after fighting prostate cancer.

Jane is best known for the hugely successful tyre retailer across Australia, Bob Jane T-Marts.

He is also one of Australia’s most famous racing car drivers and a four-time winner of the Armstrong 500, which became the Bathurst 1000.

Jane was inducted into the Supercars Hall of Fame in 2000 for his contribution to Australian racing.

His family confirmed his death in a statement to the ABC.

Bob Jane in his Sixties heyday, when he claimed four touring car championships. Photo: YouTube

“It is with great sadness that we would like to share the passing of our dad, Bob Jane (Robert Frederick Jane),” the statement said.

“After a long and brave fight with prostate cancer, he passed away last evening at 88 years of age, Friday September 28, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

“It was our privilege to have had him as our dad, whom we loved and cherished. We will miss him deeply and he will forever be in our hearts.”

The family said although he was a champion of the community, most importantly to them, he was “our loving dad”.