Sir Colin Giltrap's passion for cars began at a young age , and he bought and sold Morris Minors cars as a teenager before opening his first car dealership, Monaco Motors, in Hamilton in 1966. Sir Colin's empire extended through the Waikato to Auckland and then across the Tasman and into the United Kingdom.
Sir Colin has mentored many young motorsport drivers including Indy driver Scott Dixon, AIGP drivers Matt Halliday and Jonny Reid, and teenage star Mitch Evans. He is a life member of Yachting New Zealand, Patron of the McLaren Trust and a proud supporter of the Starship Foundation and many other recognized charities. Sir Colin was knighted in 2012 for services to motorsport and philanthropy.