The man behind the name
“Bob Jane” is also known as Robert Frederick Jane, born in 1929, a former Australian race car driver and the entrepreneur behind the tyre retailer Bob Jane T-Marts. Bob is officially credited with winning the Armstrong 500 (now known as the Bathurst 1000), Australia’s most famous endurance race, four times in a row – more even than 9-time Armstrong winner Peter Brock. Bob is also known for bringing stock car racing to Australia by building his own NASCAR track, the Thunderdome. Bob retired from competitive racing in 1981 to repair and protect his bad back and was inducted into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 2000.
In the 1950s, Bob started Bob Jane Autoland to distribute parts for Jaguar and Alfa Romeo cars. The first Bob Jane T-Marts was opened in 1965 in Melbourne. It remains an independent, family-owned company today and Bob’s son Rodney is the current CEO. However, Bob’s relationship with his son was strained, and after Bob resigned as chairman, Rodney successfully sued him for trying to establish a new tyre business under the name ‘Bob Jane’.
Bob Jane T-Marts is the only major tyre retailer in Australia who do not sell retread tyres. The reason for this deeply-rooted desire for customers’ safety is highly personal to Jane. His second-eldest daughter Georgina died in a car accident in 1991 when a retreaded tyre blew out.
Some Bob Jane tyre innovations
Tyrecycle: Bob Jane T-Marts partners with Tyrecycle, Australia’s largest tyre collector, recycler and disposer. They arrange tyre recycling at no cost to the customer. Scrap tyres get turned into an amazing range of new items:
- Building insulation
- Brake pads
- Children’s playgrounds
- Athletics tracks
- Sporting mats
- Tile adhesives
Tyre brands we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who bought new car tyres (not retreads) in the last 18 months – in this case, 950 drivers.
The tyre brands in this year’s survey are:
- Bob Jane
You can view the tyre survey results here.