15 Sep NEW PITS COMPLEX RENAMED IN HONOUR OF DENIS JOUBERT
Denis Joubert not only helped lay out the Killarney circuit as we know it, he was also the first secretary of the Western Province Motor Club, a position he held until he was elected chairman in 1970.
He was chairman until 2006, president for two terms after that and still serves on Mancom.
He designed and built all the facilities at the circuit such including the control tower, clubhouse and grandstands and conceived the business plan of garages and workshops at the circuit, for the use of members and service providers.
His crowning achievement at Killarney, however, was the design and building of a second pits complex on the opposite side of the Porsche Club Straight from the original pits – a multi-purpose building that can also function as an exhibition hall, with an upstairs viewing deck and lounge/restaurant, making it the destination of choice for an increasing number of corporate functions.
Denis had to overcame strenuous objections from all sides to make it happen. He has been vindicated by time, however as these pits are now a major asset to the Club being used by corporate clients and at motorsport and other events.
Without his foresight, there would simply not be sufficient pit space let alone the versatile asset that Killarney now has the benefit of using.
It is a fitting tribute to his vision and his gentle but firm guidance over more than six decades that this complex has been renamed the Joubert Pits.