66 Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2018 - Page 22

M I C H A E L C L A R K 1 9 3 8 -2 0 1 8 The Giltrap Group salutes a true original of the automotive sales industry. There are some who would describe Michael Clark as having the Midas touch; both in the showroom and on the water. As a successful General Manager, he helped Coutts BMW and later Mercedes-Benz become New Zealand’s premium luxury car dealerships, while as team manager he led two of the country’s most successful Olympic yachting campaigns in 1988 and 1992. The success of his Clarks of Khyber Pass dealership led to him owning Exador, which finished third in the 1985 Admiral’s Cup. Two years later he managed the team which claimed New Zealand’s first and only Admiral’s Cup win. It could be said that the closest Michael Clark ever came to a career change was when he started selling a different brand of car. For 58 years, the automotive world was his world. Starting out as an apprentice mechanic in Whangarei, Clark owned a service station and assembled trucks – before discovering his true calling: selling cars. From Land Rover to Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz to Aston Martin, Michael Clark was a colourful and integral part of Auckland’s automotive showrooms for nearly half a century. Once dubbed Auckland’s ‘Car Dealer to the Rich and Famous’, he joined Giltrap Group in 1988 where he worked until 2012. His success as a salesman was only part of the Mike Clark magic; his zest, charm and sense of fun made him an integral part of the Giltrap Group. One of his favourite sayings was, 'We're not here for a long time but a good time'. At 80, Mike wasn’t here long enough. Michael Clark (far right) with Sir Colin Giltrap (left) and then-Chief Executive of German Motor Distributors, John Steele, in the 1990s. H S V B R I N G S C H E V R O L E T S I LV E R A D O H E A V Y- D U T Y T R U C K S T O N Z Silverado is powered by a 6.6-litre Duramax turbo-diesel V8 and offers up 332kW peak power and 1,234Nm of torque. General Motors, through its antipodean HSV distribution network, has launched Australasian spec Chevrolet Silverado heavy-duty trucks into the Kiwi market. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is respected the world over for its ample talents in terms of available power, payload and towing capabilities. Trucks coming to New Zealand will be powered by the 6.6-litre Duramax turbo-diesel V8, which offers up an impressive 332kW peak power and a massive 1,234Nm of torque, ensuring the Silverado is fit for a multitude of towing and load-hauling duties. The Chevrolet Silverado also features an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission, four- wheel anti-lock disc brakes and a heavy-duty locking rear differential. StabiliTrak, a stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance, is also standard, as is Traction Control (which incorporates Electronic Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist). Exterior highlights include rugged 18” steel wheels with Goodyear Wrangler SR-A LT265/70 R18E all-terrain tyres, Halogen projector beam headlamps, a bold chrome grille surround, integrated rear bumper corner steps and 4” round chrome assist steps. Inside the cabin, comfort elements extend to a front 40/20/40 split- bench seat for a total six-seat capacity. Chevrolet’s MyLink audio system includes a 7” colour touch- screen, six-speaker sound system, USB ports and an auxiliary input jack. Air-conditioning and a Driver Information Centre deliver added conveniences, while front and side- impact airbags and head curtain and side-impact airbags for the front and rear outboard seating positions, offer added confidence. Other convenience features include tinted windows, remote keyless entry, remote locking tailgate, rear vision camera and heated power- adjustable exterior mirrors. Visit www.schofieldhsv.co.nz for more information.