Her visit comes more than 10 years after the opening of the AutoPavilion which is also known as “The Place of Cars and Legends” and is still the only automobile discovery centre on the African continent.
A delighted Zelna Slabber from Malmesbury in the Western Cape and was presented with a gift from the AutoPavilion gift shop to mark this occasion.
VWSA opened the doors of this architectural masterpiece in March 2004, investing millions to create a unique museum that captures Volkswagen’s heritage. Since then, school groups, students, foreign and local tourists have been arriving in droves to enjoy the nostalgia, latest technology and edutainment the AutoPavilion offers. Combined with a fascinating FactoryTour twice a day, it has become a ‘must see’ for all motoring enthusiasts that visit the Nelson Mandela Bay area. Every year over 30 000 people visit the AutoPavilion from South Africa and the world.
The AutoPavilion features a collection of cars, including unique vehicles, high-tech prototypes and record breaking cars. Highlights include a cut-through Volkswagen Beetle that opens and closes, the last signed Volkswagen Citi Golf as well as 27 static and graphic displays and over 20 interactive exhibits.
Slabber who is a first-time visitor to the AutoPavilion, said: “It was such a lovely surprise being told that I was the 500 000th visitor. I am honoured and thrilled that my name will be associated with the history of the home of the Volkswagen legends.”
AutoPavilion is open weekdays from 08:30 to 16:00. You can reach the AutoPavilion on 041 994 5941 for more information.