We’ve had at least one Cub Scout in our house for the past 9 years, so you’d think I’d be ready for January. But I never am.
January, you see, is when our pack runs the Pinewood Derby. Doesn’t it seem early to you for that sort of thing — or is that just me?
We’ve had some pretty excellent car designs in the past. Last year’s donut car was one of my all-time favorites. In fact, E brought it to run in the outlaw race — not because it was so fast, but because it was so cool.
This year, I can tell the kids are growing up. They were running through ideas about what sort of car to make and dismissing so many concepts (that I thought were brilliant) as “too boring.” After much debate, they finally settled on The Idea.
We had the normal planning phase.
There were test coats of paint to make sure that it was precisely the right color.
After a slight incident with one of the axles, all progress ground to a halt the evening before the big race. It spent the night clamped in traction as we tried to fix the fractured wood with superglue.
We woke up to Race Day. C was so proud of his salute to Dr. Who: the Pinewood Derby TARDIS — aka, the CARDIS.
It was, of course, the slowest car out there, but I definitely think it was the coolest. I’ve said it before: in our house, Style Trumps Speed.