Tony Parker began his journey in hot rodding in his teenage years, owning a 1932 Ford aged just 15.

When he was 21, he relocated from Melbourne, Victoria to Coffs Harbour in NSW and continued his career as an automotive panel beater and spray painter, a trade which has served him with his interest in street rods.

Tony has owned and built a plethora of early Fords over the past 60 years, including the ex-Mark Georgette Model A coupe, which famously appeared on the cover of the first edition of The Australian Hot Rodding Review in 1964, and was eventually sold to Tony years later in pieces. 

In his earliest days, he was a member of The Romans in Sydney, before joining with the Road Runners Rod & Custom Club in Tamworth. Ultimately he became a founding member of Mid North Coast Hot Rod Club, of which he is now a life member. For decades he’s been an invaluable contributor to printed publications such as Custom Rodder, Australian Street Rodding and Cruzin, and maintains a photographic library dating back forty years. In more recent times, Tony is best known for his 1947 Ford coupe (which currently resides with his stepson in Sydney) and his current drive is a chopped ’37 Ford sedan. 

Behind Tony’s gruff exterior is a gentleman whose passion and enthusiasm for hot rodding is without boundaries. We congratulate him on receiving an ASRF Legends award.