All entries for Wednesday 10 August 2005
August 10, 2005
Never fear, I'm back! Formula Student is very much over: we had huge problems with the car all competition weekend, with something else breaking as soon as we'd fixed or got around the previous problem. Examples included a fire extinguisher going off in the van one night, covering the car and all our equipment (we had to laugh despite our exhaustion), and having to adjust the steering on the day of the competition to give us enough lock to take left-hand bends! Bad design of the suspension geometry meant the steering was then crazily heavy… all in all, just finishing the event was a major achievement.
I drove the car in the sprint event (one-lap, qualifying-type event) and was the second of 2 drivers in the 22 km (30 minute) endurance event. Very hot, very unpleasant, and in a car that was nowhere near quick enough, but it was a fantastic feeling to drive over the finishing line… especially when the engine spewed oil everywhere immediately I did so! We even won an award – you can see the picture below for what it was.
Then there was graduation – lovely to see so many friends again, even if it felt a little muted – perhaps because we were all quite conscious of it possibly being "the last time". Obligatory mugshot found below as well.
And now here I am… living back at home in Surrey, working in an oil & gas engineering consultancy on some small-scale international projects, and missing uni peoples muchly. Bit lonely down here really. Enjoy some pics of my summer so far (future excitement may be in reasonably short supply); click on them to see the captions.