BOB JANE REMEMBERED FROM ‘THE INSIDE’ IN EDITION 195

Strangely enough, our editor and founder was born in the same grimy inner Melbourne industrial suburb as Bob Jane, and later in his life we spent a surprising amount of time with the businessman and racing champion.

That included a full five days at the Brisbane Motor Show where we shared a stand on which Bob sold his Jaguar signed posters – assisted by our future Road Test Editor, Tristan Hughes (as seen here)!

His very very famous Mk2 was on the stand with us, and we also later had a special half day with Bob, one-on-one at the Gold Coast, when he spoke to us about his life love of Jaguar and career.

He raced a Coombs Mk2 in 1962 at Aintree and created massive controversy there, then his Lightweight E-Type at Brands Hatch in 1965.  He owned his Mk2 when he died, and previously a D-Type, his FHC E-Type racer, Lwt E-Type, 30,000 mile MkV and MkV DHC.

He was appointed a Jaguar dealer in Melbourne – and Jaguar’s sales success in Australia in the 1960s owes a massive debt to Bob Jane’s profile.

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