Porsche pull up at VUT Science Park
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Porsche pull up at VUT Science Park

Different designs of cars owned by the 356 Porsche Owners Group that visited VUT Science Park

Selina Rapulane

On 24 June, the Vaal University of Technology Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park had a visit from the 356 Porsche Owners group to discuss possible business partnerships.

The group is an independent organisation comprising Porsche owners who are dedicated to the preservation of the 356 model.  These cars are now between 53 and 70 years old. The Porsche 356 was the first Porsche designed and built by Professor Ferdinand Porsche in 1948. The last Porsche 356 cars were built in 1965 when the Porsche 911 model came into production.

To encourage owners of these classic cars to restore them, the organising team arranges events of interest at least one a month.  Some events are simply an early Sunday morning drive to an interesting breakfast venue and other events are to a venue of technical interest. This time, they decided that VUTSGSTP was the place to be!

About 60 cars in 22 different designs arrived and their drivers were introduced to what the Science Park is all about in a presentation by Dr Joseph Molete: Executive Director. He touched on a lot of achievements and partnerships that the Science Par has made as well as the contribution and difference it has made to the Southern Gauteng community.

Mr David Mauchline: Specialist in Additive Manufacturing, then took the visitors on a journey into the 3D world. In his presentation, he focused on the types of Additive Manufacturing, the different 3D printing machines and even ventured into 4D.

The visitors were fascinated by the opportunities that the Science Park has made available and also the wonderful work it has achieved thus far.

When they were presented with a platform to ask questions, they used the opportunity enthusiastically. Mr Mauchline was happy to answer all the queries!

After the presentation, they were taken on a tour to view the precinct and the different machines.

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