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.

making of the CARDIS

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.

car in clamp

We woke up to Race Day. C was so proud of his salute to Dr. Who: the Pinewood Derby TARDIS — aka, the CARDIS.

pinewood derby car TARDIS

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.


About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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2 Responses to The CARDIS

  1. I think that’s the best pinewood derby car I’ve ever seen. Way to go!

  2. CTW says:

    That is cool, Joan! Way to go!

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