Mechanical Engineering Discipline Wins Best Individual Display at Cars in the Park
UKZN’s Discipline of Mechanical Engineering won the Best Individual Display at the annual Cars in the Park show held in Pietermaritzburg.
The UKZN display showcased three vehicles - a 1926 Ford Model T, the Solar Car that took part in the World Solar Challenge in Australia last year and the technology human powered Pedal Bus. The theme of the stand was: “Evolution of Technology in Motor Vehicles”.
The national car show attracted more than 1 500 vehicles from across South Africa. There were more than 60 stands and individual displays and about 15 000 people attended in perfect weather conditions.
While the Solar Car and the Ford Model T were major draw cards for the UKZN stand, it was the Pedal Bus that impressed the judges the most and led to the stand winning the award.
‘A big thank you to Strini Govender and the Mechanical Engineering workshop staff, Yushan Reddy, Freedom Mazibuko, Danesh Singh, Brij Chander and Sanil Mahabeer for the effort they put into manufacturing parts for the vehicles and for the transportation of vehicles to and from the show,’ said Academic Leader for Mechanical Engineering, Professor Glen Bright. ‘The contribution of the UKZN Solar Car team and postgraduate students involved is also gratefully acknowledged. Lastly, thank you to Gerken Horst and Peter Sinclair for helping out on the day.’