To celebrate Highlands third birthday in April 2016, Tony Quinn splashed out on a 7-litre V12-powered Aston Martin Vulcan, one of only 24 in the world and the most expensive production car ever in New Zealand with a $4.2 million price tag.
“When I set eyes on it for the first time I was overwhelmed,” said Tony. “It’s a beautiful thing and it’s the best car I’ve ever bought.”
The 800hp mass of carbon fibre, aluminium and raw sex appeal was rolled out onto the circuit in front of media and Cromwell locals. Tony Quinn then spent the afternoon testing the capabilities of this beautiful piece of rolling artwork, and scaring the absolute hell out of anyone lucky enough to find themselves strapped into the passenger seat, including TV personality, Paul Henry.
The Vulcan has a top speed of more than 320 kilometres per hour and a 0-100kmh time of 3 seconds and to date, hot laps in the Vulcan have raised over $160,000 for various charities including the Halberg Trust.
In October 2016, Rob McCormack, a real estate agent from Christchurch, splashed out $26,000 at a charity auction for three hot laps in the Vulcan at the Hampton Downs 101. The self-confessed car nut was blown away by the experience.
“I’ve been in a lot of fast cars but that was simply breathtaking,” said McCormack. “It’s a true race car. It’s tight, the brakes are unbelievable and the acceleration and speed down the back straight was phenomenal. I’ve owned some unbelievable cars myself but that was a bit special.”
McCormack won the auction for a ride in the $4.3m Vulcan at a Harcourts event.
“I probably drank a little more than I should have and when the ride in the Vulcan came up for auction I paid a little more for it than I should have,” says McCormack. “I actually hid when they started the auction but the buggers came and found me! I woke up in the middle of the night and thought ‘what have I done,’ but it was worth every penny. I’ve worked hard and done well for myself so to be able to give something back to a worthwhile charity like the Halberg Trust and get a spin around a race track in a car like that was a bonus.”
Australian Supercars star Craig Lowndes also got behind the wheel of the Vulcan at the Hampton Downs 101 to give a few lucky spot prize winners the lap of a lifetime.