|Pinewood Derby track|
The picture below doesn't really do it justice as the bad ass fenders broke off after a lot of use, but for a first car, it wasn't half bad. It also wasn't a winner. This started our tradition of valiantly attempting to build winning cars but valiantly losing each year. Mine and Dan's overall Derby record places us squarely in the middle of the pack.
|Dan's Derby Year # 1 The Batmobile|
|Dan's next three cars.|
|Dan's ribbons and Derby trophies|
By the time my son Nolan was able to participate in a Pinewood Derby, the Garaj-Mahal had been built. It made the work a lot easier and right off the bat, we got better at sculpting the wood into recognizable shapes. His first idea was for a big rig. I liked this one as it required a lot less woodworking, but true to form the day of the race, we were at the Post Office weighing the truck to see if it qualified.
|Nolan's next 3.|
Nolan, like Dan, wanted his last car to be his best but unlike Dan went for show and for speed. We did all the normal tricks with getting the axles and weight right, aligning the wheels and everything else, but we did them on a Spongebob car !