THE OTHER MONZA RACED BY BOB JANE

Bob Jane piloted Graeme Whincup's original Chevrolet Monza Sports Sedan in its debut outing. Pic: an1images.com / Ian Smith

WHEN you think ‘Bob Jane’ and ‘Chevrolet Monza’, your first thought is bound to be his own stunning Sebring Orange-hued car from the early 1980s.

Jane himself raced the machine in its original Sports Sedan iteration before its reimagination as a GT-class car, complete with wild wings and flares, which more regularly had Peter Brock behind the steering wheel.

However, Jane’s own car was not the first Monza he raced; in fact, he was the driver that gave a rival Monza Sports Sedan its maiden outing at the Calder round of the 1979 Australian Sports Sedan Championship.

Graeme Whincup’s Chevrolet Monzas are the cover story of Australian Muscle Car Magazine Issue 120.

Whincup – uncle of Supercars legend Jamie – campaigned a pair of Monzas in Sports Sedan and GT racing from the late 1970s through to the 1990s.

The latter car – a stunning aluminium monocoque-based car built in the early 1980s and raced by Whincup until nearly the turn of the millennium – has recently been restored by Carey McMahon, a process documented by the feature story.

Whincup also tells AMC the story of his original Monza – a tube-framed car built in the late 1970s – and why Jane was the pilot for its maiden outing.

Issue 121 also pays tribute to the late John Harvey with a full feature, and he is also the subject of former Holden Racing Team PR manager Paul ‘Wally’ Weissel’s column.

AMC also tells the story of Norm Beechey’s purchase from the United States of the car that changed the course of touring car racing history, while versatile racer Bob Beasley is the subject of the Muscle Man feature.

Click HERE to buy Australian Muscle Car Magazine Issue 121.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.