Zero to 60

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT - By Tony Quinn

Pub­lished by Pen­guin Ran­dom House NZ RRP: $35.00 Aust $45.00 NZ 331 pages soft cover. ISBN: 978-1-77553-888-2 Avail­able from; www.pit­stop.net.au

When you start life liv­ing in a wooden car­a­van in Scot­land, the only way is up, and 60-year-old Tony Quinn has been head­ing up ever since. From near poverty to a for­tune made via his com­pany VIP Pet­foods and on to his cur­rent fo­cus, the ven­er­a­ble con­fec­tionary busi­ness Dar­rell Lea, Quinn has man­aged to not only build a com­mer­cial em­pire worth hun­dreds of mil­lions, but be­come deeply im­mersed in mo­tor sport – as a com­peti­tor and lately as the owner of High­land Motorsport Park in Cromwell (which he and his son Klark de­signed and built) and more re­cently tak­ing over the es­tab­lished Hamp­ton Downs track south of Auck­land. He has also ex­pressed a de­sire to own Queens­land Race­way should present owner John Tet­ley ever wish to sell. The book is an en­ter­tain­ing bal­ance be­hind self-de­vel­oped busi­ness prin­ci­ples that have ob­vi­ously paid off, and mo­tor sport pas­sion. Tony has a rep­u­ta­tion as a straight talker and a bit of a larrikin, and this cer­tainly comes through strongly in this book.

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