TQ foundation trustees


The Tony Quinn Foundation boasts a wealth of well-connected motorsport industry players and trustees including Tony Quinn, Steve Horne, Greg Murphy, John Gordon, and Josie Spillane.


Originally from Scotland, Tony built a successful business empire around his V.I.P pet food brand in Australia and is well known for his own car racing exploits as an owner and a driver in Porsche Carrera Cup, Australian GT and Aussie Racing Cars.

After selling his pet food business Tony’s focus turned more towards his passion for motorsport. Having already built Highlands Motorsport Park at Cromwell, Tony added to his NZ circuit racing interests by purchasing Hampton Downs and Taupo Motorsport Park.

In 2021 he purchased the majority of V8 Supercars team Triple Eight Racing.

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Josie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Quinn-owned and international renowned Highlands, Hampton Downs and Taupo Motorsport and Tourism Facilities as well as the Game Over Indoor entertainment centres.

Josie was one of the first employees at Highlands and has guided the complex to become a world-class tourist destination. She has been instrumental in the acquisition and the ongoing redevelopment of Taupo and responsible for leading numerous ground breaking initiatives, including the formation of the TQF and recently announced mental health initiatives for the local Cromwell community.


John has over 40 years of legal experience, predominantly as a commercial lawyer. His passion for motorsport dates back to the Tasman Series of the 1960’s and ‘70’s.

In more recent years he has professionally supported Kiwi drivers Richie Stanaway, Liam Lawson and Callum Hedge, and has offered advice and guidance to a number of other young drivers.


Murphy is a well known Kiwi motorsport identity and a four-time winner of the iconic Bathurst 1000. He started like most youngsters, racing karts, then won a scholarship to race in Formula Ford before stepping up to Formula Holden. In the mid-90’s Greg started his successful V8 Supercars career retiring from full-time driving in 2012. He won two NZ SuperTourer titles in NZ in 2013, 2014 and is still competing in various Motorsport events within NZ.

Greg is also an active advocate for improving road safety through better driver training in NZ.


Steve is best known for his successful Tasman Motorsports Indy Lights and Indy Car racing teams in America. The ex-pat Kiwi worked as a team manager for Bobby Rahal, and together they won the Indianapolis 500 in 1986.

With two CART championships and five Indy Lights titles to his credit, Steve retired home to New Zealand, where he’s remained active in motorsport as an advisor and mentor in both New Zealand and Australia.


Daniel Gaunt is a notable figure in New Zealand motorsport, having an impressive track record as a two-time winner of the NZ Grand Prix and a two-time champion of the Toyota Racing Series.

Beyond his racing achievements, Daniel is an owner and director of Game Over in Auckland and Christchurch. His dedication to the sport extends to running the Hampton Downs NZ Racing Academy, where he provides his expertise to aspiring racers.