Tyre retailing giant Bob Jane owned and raced some of the fastest and most exciting sports cars and sedans in Australia. Arguably the most successful and fondly remembered was the HQ Monaro GTS 350 which the Bob Jane Racing Team campaigned with great success throughout the 1970s.
Although it was conceived as a state-of-the-art Improved Production car, the demise of that class at the end of 1972 saw it reassigned to a new career in Sports Sedan racing where Jane and his mighty Monaro continued to be one of the toughest combinations to beat for six consecutive seasons.
The fact that this broad-shouldered coupe clung to its traditional front engine/live rear axle muscle car roots highlights how fundamentally ‘right’ it was from the moment it hit the track.
As mid-engined rivals became increasingly radical and sophisticated, the Jane team’s never-ending process of engine and chassis refinements kept it at the top of its game until it was sold at the end of the 1978 season.
A star is born