Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Start Your Engines!

Yesterday, we had our company's second annual pinewood derby race. Alfonso finally managed to finish his car the day before the race, and I was also able to assemble a proper driver for my land speeder. We both felt pretty good about the entries we'd prepared for the race.

Second Annual Pinewood Derby RaceMe and My Car

Yoda and the Land Speeder

Alfonso's Final ProductAlfonso and the Mach Five

Behold the Speedracer Mach Five

I had to hoped to race my car on the day of the derby, but, alas, the car was too heavy and didn't meet racing regulations. I had to settle for entering it into the Best in Show category. And boy, did I have some stiff competition! Look for yourself...

Needless to say, I did not win. However, I did have someone ask if she could have my car to give to her nephew as a Christmas gift. How could I deny a child the fruits of my labor? I'm sure he'll appreciate the craftsmanship. Amanda was also kind enough to donate her Sponge Bob car to the same person's niece. We were promised cute pictures of the children enjoying their new toys. It's only fair.

Sponge Bob Square Pants EntryAmanda and Her Masterpiece

Our Cars Spread Joy to Children... Kind of Like Santa

Prior to last year, I had never made a pinewood derby car. It was never a part of my childhood experience, but I guess it's never too late to do childish things and to take part in youthful endeavors.

Still Winners

"It is never too late to have a happy childhood."
- Tom Robbins


  1. for all those reading this, yes, the Mach 5 won that race against the land speeder :)



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