GILTRAP Sir Colin
Hard work pays, says Sir Colin Giltrap. Certainly that is so in his own case: he’s regarded as one of the wealthiest motor traders in both the UK and New Zealand.
But his recent comments about the results that hard work brings were not a self-reflection. Sir Colin was instead referring to the achievements of New Zealand’s gold medal rowers in last year’s London Olympics. To recognise the hard work and hours put in by the medallists Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray, Hamish Bond, Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen, he offered both gift and incentive. Each rower got the keys to an Audi Q5 for two years – or four if they continue with rowing through to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. The prizes were made by the Giltrap Group and Bank Direct.
Sir Colin, who is regularly domiciled in London, is a keen sponsor of youthful pursuits on the car racing circuit as well. He is currently sponsoring teenager Mitch Evans in his bid to become a Formula One driver, and earlier funded the career of a budding Scott Dixon. Sir Colin is committed to helping young Kiwi drivers because of the drought of New Zealand success at F1 level, he says.
With Sir Colin’s backing, Mr Evans should always find a car within easy reach for practice. The Giltrap Group – now more than 40 years old – owns and operates seven retail dealerships representing 14 different brands from Toyota and Holden to Aston Martin and Lamborghini.
Earlier this year, Sir Colin was ranked by the New Zealand Herald as one of the top 25 power brokers in New Zealand sport.