Tuesday, October 29, 2013

PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASE

Police Cruiser - Jeff & Jack Jouett


Once again Maximum Velocity came through for Jack's derby car, and we didn't really hold to speed specs. Jack had never lost a head to head race in the past two years, collecting 1st Place in speed in his category at the pack meetings, and winning 1st Place in district. After last year's race he told me that he wanted to go for style this year. This is what he came up with. He got 1st Place in style and will be entered in district in the style category. He also got 2nd Place in speed. He was very close to collecting top honors in speed and style, but he is mostly proud of his 1st Place style finish. I really like this car because he designed it and put it all together - I didn't have to do much this year.

What, me win? - Chris & Greyson Skafidas


My son and I set out to make our 2006 cars stand out from the crowd. My son wanted to have a car that was barely there. We worked on the design on an 'as it goes' basis. Originally we were going to put the weight in the back upper portion of the car, but thanks to a Dremel incident we had to chop out the space. The car was only 3.5 ounces. It ran sharp, but did not win anything. Regarding my car, I love Mad Magazine, ever since a fateful day in 1977. Alfred was fast but not a winner.

Flintstones - Susan Hanna


When I sent you the info on my son's great experiences at the pinewood derby using the fantastic info you have provided, I was so excited that he had taken first in every race, set a track record and was on to Districts that I forgot to include the 2 cars that I had built for the adult/sibling race.

The idea for these cars came from our local Halloween parade. Our pack had entered a float (the Flintstone mobile), as the theme this year was cartoon characters. We took Grand Prize with the float. I decided at that point I would make a Flintstone car and a Rubble mobile to enter in the race.

The cars were a big hit with all the men and the kids alike. Wilma and Betty didn't win - heck Wilma barely made it to the finish line - but we laughed so hard and had such a good time. The Flintstone mobile used all scrap wood from the workshop, and the Rubble mobile was a limb I cut from my brother's burn pile. The only thing 'official' on either car was the BSA wheels and axles.

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 6, Issue 14

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