Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pinewood Derby 2013

Andrew (and his Dad) entered their first Pinewood Derby this year.  He and Chad worked hard on their car.  Andrew named it Wolf Claw.  I tried to encourage them to research all the speed tips they could find and even suggested that perhaps they buy one of the plans on line that are available.   I admit I didn't have a lot of  knowledge myself and was worried Chad might not remember a lot from 34 years ago.

Chad was a better parent than me and wanted this to be Andrew's car.  Andrew designed what he wanted to car to look like.  He drew sketches and Chad cut out the car.  Andrew sanded the car (and then Chad sanded some more).  Chad taught Andrew how to build a stand for the car and they spray painted it.

Chad and I wanted Andrew's car to be good enough to not lose every single race, but not so good that he won a trophy and we had to go to the all day long regional event.  (Again, yes I know, I am terrible. Hoping my kid won 4th).

His car turned out great!  He loved it!  He was proud of it.  (I still wasn't sure it would be very fast, because it didn't look like any of the winning designs I saw online).

We arrived for check-in, and Ryan and Molly decorated these signs.  Our cousin, Alex was also there with his first derby car!

It was fun to watch the cousins cheer together.

Both Andrew and Alex did really well.  But unfortunately, Chad and I did not get our wish.

Andrew and Wolf Claw won THIRD PLACE!

And he and Chad are headed to an all day long regional derby in March.   I am very proud of them for their hard work!  Go Team Scribner!  :)

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