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Summer, part 2: At the checkered flag.

<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d-UlBq66SdM/TeXSxKuTaxI/AAAAAAAAA2Q/GzJOR_ArOac/s1600/race.jpg" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d-UlBq66SdM/TeXSxKuTaxI/AAAAAAAAA2Q/GzJOR_ArOac/s400/race.jpg" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5613124252721179410" style="cursor: hand; cursor: pointer; display: block; height: 300px; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; width: 400px;" /></a><br /> <div style="text-align: justify;">The Boyfriend was part of the team of five that the College of Engineering had chosen from the Mechanical Eng'g department to represent the school in the Bosch Power Tools Cordless Race Asia last May 15. They were to build a go-kart from scratch using six of the Bosch cordless tools as the main engine. For about two months, their team had been busy designing and creating the entire thing by themselves, with professors only supervising them as they went along. The days and nights were long and grueling for them - no summer classes and no girlfriend dates allowed for the most part. But it paid off. Definitely, definitely paid off.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /> </div><div style="text-align: justify;">Rainier was not the driver, but he was in charge of the controls and in fact, designed one of the vital parts of their car. On a surprise late-night Starbucks date along Katipunan, he tried explaining the blueprint of the automotive with drawings on a tissue but my feeble mind, capable only of understanding Donne's metaphorical conceit and Shklovksky's defamiliarization, not mechanics, could only open my mouth and nod my head in awe. Not fully comprehending the ideas, but appreciating them nonetheless, I felt proud, not only because I knew they would win, but just the fact that they made a car from scratch at nineteen - that's definitely something.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /> </div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/teamupme">The UP ME DrillDrivers</a> are now one of the two representatives of the Philippines for the Bosch Cordless Race in Beijing this September (the other being Mapua) after qualifying in the Philippine leg of the race. The black car with the yellow stripes - that's the <i>Aura1</i>, the DrillDrivers' baby (and official girlfriend for the last two months, haha.)</div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /> </div><div style="text-align: justify;">One little trivia: Among the eight schools that competed, only the UP team had participants who were not fifth year students/graduating students last April. The DrillDrivers are all juniors/incoming seniors. They beat six other teams for the top two spot. <i>(insert UP pride here)</i></div>