RIP David Kissock

The Southern Go Kart Club has reported the passing of Life Member and former President, David Kissock. Condolences are extended to David’s family and friends.

A minute’s silence will be held at the driver’s briefing at the Australia Day Classic this Friday, January 26.

The following was posted on SGKC social media:

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It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the loss of SGKC past-President, Life Member, and former AKA Vice-President, David Kissock, who passed away peacefully on 4 January 2023, aged 66.

David served as President of SGKC for the better part of a decade across the 2000’s, donating countless hours to leading the club and improving infrastructure across the facility during his tenure. His efforts can still be seen to this day, having been instrumental in securing funding for, and managing construction of, the current the SGKC Canteen/Training Centre, as well as the covering of the Out-Grid, and the last resurface of the old track.

In addition, Dave sought to expand the reach of karting in South Australia and was the driving force behind the return of the National Championships to Bolivar Raceway in 2006. Committed to fostering a deeper connection with the community, he established partnerships with local schools, providing the track to use as a practical learning environment for students and their technology projects. Dave also pioneered the establishment of a disability engagement program that saw SGKC purchase two hand-controlled karts, understood to be the first of their kind in the country at the time. The program not only opened new opportunities for individuals with disabilities, but also underscored the sport’s potential as an inclusive and diverse community activity.


Most importantly, Dave was a great friend to many in the karting community, and his sharp mechanical mind led to his son, Scott, having much success racing in South Australia and across the country.

Dave’s contribution to this club and the sport of karting will not be forgotten and his presence will be sorely missed.

On behalf of the Management Committee, we wish to pass on our deepest condolences Debra, Scott, Kelly, and the rest of the Kissock family.

In honour of David’s life and his dedication to the club, a minute’s silence will be held at the Driver’s Briefing of the upcoming Australia Day Classic race meeting on Friday 26 January 2023.