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2014 Dutchmann Porsche 912 with 2.8-litre 6-cylinder engine
Before: 1968 Porsche 912 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine developing 90 bhp; after: 2014 Dutchmann Porsche 912 with 2.8-litre 6-cylinder engine developing 240 bhp

What do Porsche 911s, surfboards, bicycles and coffee have in common? A lot, it would seem. South African entrepreneur, Gavin Rooke, hit on a common thread that runs through all of these products above…that is as brilliant as it is simple.

Spider Murphy, world famous board shaper for 21 world champions
Durban-based Spider Murphy, world famous board shaper for 21 world champions

Sometimes, things or events that we are exposed to in our youth, often helps to shape our future. Perhaps we don’t realise it at the time, but much of what we do in our youth, even if it fades from our lives for a time, invariably returns in some form or another at a later date. Gavin Rooke experienced just this turn in his life as he worked on and restored cars as a young boy, something that taught him those essential lessons in vehicle preservation and maintenance again at university, and now in his career.

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