Tony Edmonson was a two-times Australian Sports Sedan Champion of 1980-81 and is remembered for being more than just a driver.
In 1976 he took over a car built by another great Tasmanian racing engineer, John McCormack, which was an awesome performer. In 1978 Tony formed a partnership with two colleagues to form K. and A. Engineering.
One of the new company’s first race-orientated projects was to build an Alpha Sports Sedan to be raced by Tony.
The distinctive Alpha burst onto the Australian Sports Sedan Championship scene in 1979 and Tony was well placed in the series when he was involved in a serious accident at the Surfers Paradise International Raceway in August that same year. He sustained extensive burns and was not excepted to live.
But just as he was a fighter on the track, Tony was also a fighter in life and after three months in a Brisbane hospital he was ready to return home again, but more importantly to also return to the racetrack, performing strongly in his return race at Adelaide late in the same year.
In February of the next year (1980) he won the first round of the national championship at Sandown (Vic.) and went on to win the series, with the car powered by a Repco-Holden’s Formula 5000 engine. In 1981 he repeated the effort, this time with power supplied by an injected small block Chevrolet.
Changes to rules in the Sports Car GT championship in 1982 handicapped Tony’s Alpha by increasing its weight and decreasing its tyre size, making the car uncompetitive.
In 1986 changes to Australia’s duty-free laws made the business uncompetitive and it was sold, virtually marking Tony’s retirement from motorsport.
After that time he became the managing director of a large transport company based in Hobart and was still in the position at the time of his induction.
Profile by Martin Agatyn
The Car is currently listed for sale at My105.com
One of the most legendary and controversial race cars of the early 80s era.
Winner of 1980-81 Australian Sports Sedan Championship, driven by Australian champion, Tony Edmonson.
The Car has been fully restored and is painted in its original race winning Ansett colours. Vehicle is eligible for historic racing.
Make: Alpha Romeo GTV
Vehicle Location: Canberra ACT
Price $250,000.00 (AU)