Essay contest winners get to meet Honda race drivers


HONDA Malaysia made dreams come true for The Otomotif College (TOC) students when it launched the “My Challenges & Passion in Motorsports” short essay writing contest in collaboration with the college.

TOC students were required to write a short essay on “My Challenge & Passion in Motorsports” sharing their dreams, and their own challenging spirit to overcome challenges in their language of preference.

Twenty best essays were picked by the car manufacturer and its beaming winners were awarded with an exclusive invitation to “Meet the F1 Drivers” session a few days before the 2008 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix held from March 21 to 23.

One of the lucky winners was 20-year old Shawn Rozario, a foreign student who hails from Sri Lanka.

Once-in-alifetimeexperience:TOC winnerscelebratingtheir win in theHonda F1 pit.  Image from:  The Star Online

Once-in-alifetimeexperience:TOC winnerscelebratingtheir win in theHonda F1 pit.

Image from: The Star Online

“In Sri Lanka there is no chance for me to experience the F1 like I do here in Malaysia.

“Being at the F1, meeting the drivers and being in the pit has just been so inspiring.”

Poh Elton, 20, was fortunate enough to also meet the drivers and attend the F1.

“My passion for motorsports is planted deep in my heart. Not only in F1 racing, but also in drag and touge racing. I enjoy the idea of testing a car’s limits.”

Elton will be representing TOC in the national Skills Competition to be held in June (the winner of which will go on to to represent Malaysia in the World Skills Competition in Canada).

“This exposure to motorsports has built my confidence in my work and I want to do even better now.”

For 19-year-old Abdul Halim Ahmad Tajuddin, this experience is one he will never forget.

“I am lucky to have this chance to meet people from the industry even though I am still a college student. I have a passion for engineering. My father was an engineer with the police force and I was exposed to cars from a very young age.

“But this has been a once in a lifetime experience.”

The winners met Honda drivers Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello and test driver Alex Wurz. It was certainly a first for the students to be in the same room as their idols and it was a session of frenzied photo-taking, hand-shaking and autograph-signing.

The three drivers picked the names of 10 further winners who each received an exclusive Race Pack containing a Grand Stand ticket to the 2008 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit as well as passes into the Honda race pit.

Article source: The Star Online