Up and coming mechanics are offered the chance to win a share of R200 000 for the best restoration of a vintage engine back to full functioning status.
With the aim to bring budding mechanics, the Engen Engine Restoration Challenge 2017 exciting initiative, leading supplier of fuels and lubricants to the agricultural sector, Engen has decided to once again partner with the South African Federation of Vintage Tractor and Engine Clubs (SAVTEC).
Engine has been consistently recognized as the preferred fuels and lubricants brand for farmers in South Africa due to its long heritage within the agricultural sector which is built upon a tradition of quality.
Paul Leask, Engen Lubricants National Sales Manager said, “We are very excited to be involved in this initiative for the second year.” He also added that the opportunity to transfer and develop mechanical skills through the mentorship elements of the competition will continue to be adopted by both Engen and SAVTEC.
Christo Pieterse, Chairman of Savtec’s Central Free State Club said, “Key to the spirit of the competition is the transfer of knowledge to the youth, with youth skills development essential to the future sustainability of SAVTEC and the country at large. The low cost of approximately R2 500 to buy an old engine and R3 000 to restore it, will continue to make the competition very attractive.”
Pieterse said that the impact the competition had to improve basic skills and determination on a human level in addition to the standard of entries received last year was thrilling. He added, “Additional skills which can be picked up during the competition are the recording of the process in the Workbook, as well as public speaking, when finalists have to describe their project to the adjudicators. Spectators are stunned when a nine-year-old boy explains the working of an engine and then demonstrates the starting procedures to crank an old Wolseley engine.” PWKD10052017