Almost 60 years in the making ‘Zero to 60’ is the story of a man with a dream who started out with nothing. Having grown up in a wooden caravan in Scotland, it’s been a heck of a journey for Tony Quinn, a self-made man who now owns Highlands Motorsport Park, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, RJ’s Liquorice, Darrell Lea Confectionery, Game Over Entertainment, The Australian GT Championship and Australia’s largest race car manufacturing company and race championship – Aussie Racing Cars.
After making the move from Scotland to Australia in his early 20s, Tony, his wife Christina and their four young children landed on New Zealand shores in the early 1980s. Tony founded a fat rendering plant called Fatman which sowed the seeds for a remarkable story of success in petfood. He moved back to Australia in the mid-1990s and in 2015 he sold his business, VIP Petfoods, for over A$400m.
Tony is passionate about business but his other passion is motor racing. On a cold, winter morning in 2012 he and his son Klark stood at the edge of an expansive basin of scrub in Cromwell with an iPad and sketched the curves, corners and chicanes of an imaginary race-track. Less than 18 months later, Cromwell was abuzz at the inaugural Highlands 101, with visitors from all over Australasia flocking to Highlands for the opening of the new $25m racing circuit.
To some people, building a racetrack in the middle of nowhere might have seemed like an impossible dream, but not to Tony Quinn. “To be successful in life you have to think positive and in motorsport, you’ll never win a race unless you’re truly convinced that you can,” he says.
Tony is one of the few people in the world who holds the titles of circuit owner, event promoter, category owner, sponsor and race car driver. He’s also the owner of the Australian GT and Aussie Racing Cars Championships.
“I turn 60 soon and while I’ve achieved a lot in business and motorsport, I’d like to think there’s a lot more to come. Since I finished the book, so much has happened in my life, so think of this as part one of my story! I’ve already got some great feedback on the book from people whose opinion I respect. They all tell me it’s an easy and entertaining read and I hope people enjoy it.” – Tony Quinn –
‘Zero to 60’ will be officially launched at Quinn’s Highlands Motorsport Park on August 4, with copies due to go on sale in Aldi stores across Australia later in the month.