CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – Western Province Motor Club has said farewell to its long-serving chairman Denis Joubert and welcomed Dr Greg Mills as his successor.
Mills races historic single-seaters and GT endurance machines and, according to a media release from the club, is also an international security and development analyst and author.
He’s also a grandson of pre-Second World War Grand Prix driver Billy Mills, a karting champion, and a regular at Killarney since he was a little boy. He has packed in 40 years of racing experience.
He’s also the founder (and a driver) of and with Team Africa Le Mans, a GT racing team based in South Africa. This was the first team from Africa to compete at Le Mans, bringing its ”Stop! Poaching” message with particular reference to the highly endangered pangolin to hundreds of millions of TV viewers around the Earth.
His experience, however, does not stop there… Mills is head of the Brenthurst Foundation, founded by the Oppenheimer family in 2005 to strengthen African economic performance, and was a security adviser to governments and presidents.
In addition to four tours as special adviser to commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan General David Richards he’s served as head of the strategic analysis Prism Group of the International Security Assistance Force, as strategic adviser to the president of Rwanda, and as a commissioner on the Danish prime minister’s Africa Commission.
He’s also widely published in South African news media and in the International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Time magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, Financial Times, and Washington Quarterly, and has written or co-authored a number of books – eight of them on South African motor racing history.
All of which makes him perhaps uniquely qualified to lead the Western Province Motor Club into its seventh decade as custodian of the Killarney International Raceway.