Bad news from Richard Carter...
Tony left us last night after a long and very uncomfortable stint with Parkinsons Disease and, latterly, dementia. An Australian resident since the sixties, Tony came from New Zealand originally and brought with him a flair for innovation and sound engineering.
In his earliest days he formed Competition Cars with, if I recall, Mike Champion. He started building U2 Clubmans and raced one himself, but had a bad crash at Oran Park and was seriously injured. Next came the Simmons Hustler Clubmans, very much along U2 lines but with improvements, and while developing these he decided to make his own composite wheels.
Just two of these Clubman cars were built, but many thousands of wheels issued from his workshops, which moved and grew as time went by. The Hustler Formula Ford came next, then the Seca3 Clubman built for Bob Martin, who'd taken over the first Hustler when Tony got out of it.
While all of this was going on, he still found time to invent, design and build a beach-cleaning machine for one of the Sydney councils. But it was the wheels which kept his name to the fore, with both road and race cars becoming home to those thousands which were churned out.
He ultimately passed the wheel business on to one of his colleagues.
Through all of this, Tony was pretty predictable. Friendly and humble, but ready to advise and guide, a man who's been missed for some years and now even more badly so.
I'm sure Lynton Hemer can add many good period photos to this thread...