Motor mogul Sir Colin Giltrap returned to New Plymouth Boys High early this year to receive the school’s highest honour in recognition of old boys’ achievements.
The Alumni Merita Award was presented to him some 60 years after he left at the age of 15 to help father James with the family business.
That business has taken Sir Colin far and wide, from the early years in the Taranaki and Waikato to London, Monaco and Eastern Europe.
He was knighted in 2012 for his contributions to motorsport and philanthrophy and, last year, Sir Colin was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.
His latest business deal saw Giltrap Group divesting its Auckland Toyota dealerships to Rick Armstrong.
Giltrap is the New Zealand franchise holder for the A1 Grand Prix series and he makes no secret of the fact that he has poured large amounts of cash into the launch and ongoing support of A1.
Sir Colin, who is regularly domiciled in London, is a keen sponsor of youthful pursuits on the car racing circuit, having funded the career of Scott Dixon and Mitch Evans.