Tony Quinn

Dream machines 

WORDS: ROBERT TIGHE 
PHOTOGRAPHY: SIMON DAVIDSON

Why Scottish entrepreneur Tony Quinn spend NZ$25 million on a racetrack and motorsport museum in the middle of nowhere?

“Watching racing all day is boring as batshit”, says Tony Quinn, with a cheeky grin. It’s a strange thing to say for a man who spent an estimated $25m building Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell a small, sleepy town an hour from Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand. But then Quinn, a Scottish entrepreneur who made his millions selling petfood in Australia, doesn’t mince his words. “This place is about tourism as much as it’s about motorsport. We’ve got a go-kart track, a restaurant, a dinosaur safari park and the National Motorsport Museum. Nobody gave me permission to call it that but I just took the name and no-one’s challenged me on it.” An accomplished driver himself, Quinn is also a compulsive collector of cars. Here are a few of his favourites from the National Motorsport Museum.

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