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Pinewood Derby

Posted on 2008.02.24 at 09:09
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Fidel - Terminator 2
My boy's first Cub Scout Pinewood Derby was also my first. With any luck at all, this will also mark our last! A couple of weeks ago they canceled 'build-day' out from under us with no notice. I began calling around and sending out emails and most of the replies were akin to, "Well, you know - that's really just for father's who don't have any tools, or don't know what they're doing or don't have any time."


I embody all three of those things.

Undeterred, I found a man with a wood shop, and our month-long adventure began!

Waiting for the race

A template of sorts. We used this as our color guide. Unfortunately, our overall shape came out looking more like a Chevy Lumina!

Rough-cut from a solid block of pine. This part took all of eight seconds.

Sanding. Always with the sanding. Unfortunately, this activity didn't lead to a general embracing of, 'patience' (Am I done yet?)

The base coat. Two coats of orange acrylic. Pine sucks paint like a sponge!

The finished product, ready to race.

The General Lee was a big hit waiting for its race in the 'impound lot.'

Running Time Trials.

The Heat: The General ran four times, losing each of its four races.

The Prize: "Most Colorful."

It shocked me (pleasantly, I might add) that they didn't dream-up something so that "every child is a winner" with some inane certificate. I was sure that's where this was headed with, "Most Colorful." They actually had a couple of special entry categories, another being, "Most Creative."

Check-in was at 1500, we arrived early to weight and lube our vehicle, and our race didn't finish until 1800. What a long, long, day. Fortunately, galinda822 arrived yesterday morning, so we couldn't wait to get back and visit with her! We drank some Warsteiner, smoked a cigar and turned in early in preparation for a full-day of visiting today! (Minus the time it took me to author this entry, she reminds me...)

Yesterday, while the boy and I were at Pinewood, the girls had a tea party and played dolls. Today we're going to engage in a fashion shoot! Next post will be chock-full of galinda goodness. And you can take that, to the bank!


mr_dowg at 2008-02-24 16:16 (UTC) (Link)
I do believe that I want to make my own pinewood derby car now! That looks like fun to me, but I am weird! Did you enjoy the time with your boy? I am glad that he got to have this experience, even if he never wants to do it again. The car came out looking really cool, you did a great job E!
ehowton at 2008-02-24 16:40 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. The idea was his - he doesn't know what the General Lee is, but he wanted a 'Good ole boys' car ;)
mymashed at 2008-02-24 16:30 (UTC) (Link)
So how did the boy fair?
ehowton at 2008-02-24 16:39 (UTC) (Link)
"Most Colorful."
time3 at 2008-02-24 16:41 (UTC) (Link)
That brings back some great memories:)
ehowton at 2008-02-24 18:56 (UTC) (Link)
How long were you in? Did you enjoy it? I try to stay enthused, but my boy doesn't really seem to enjoy it much. This is his first year and though we're making him stick out the entire year, we're leaving it up to him if its something he wants to pursue.
time3 at 2008-02-25 00:48 (UTC) (Link)
Boy scouts was tough for me at times. However, my family comes from a long line of professional masonry workers and carpenters (re: Anastasi's pretty much built Philly) and I was always interested in building. I enjoyed building the pine wood derby car, even if I was too young at the time to fully understand physics and how to make a winning mobile.

I remember my car being painted "blue metal-flake" :)
galinda822 at 2008-02-24 16:50 (UTC) (Link)
I love how intent G-man looks in the pics.
It looks like at least he had a good time.

Photoshoot baby! Finally we'll have pics of catttitude and I together.
What took you so long? :)
ehowton at 2008-02-24 18:53 (UTC) (Link)
galinda822 at 2008-02-24 20:50 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah! Good excuse!
catttitude at 2008-02-24 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
Playing with the boys. You and G amazed me that you actually got that car painted before the big day.
ehowton at 2008-02-24 18:52 (UTC) (Link)
Me too! If it had been a website maybe, but noooooo. Actually paint, and paintbrushes?
leonardii at 2008-02-25 05:01 (UTC) (Link)
I was briefly in the Cub Scouts. I was always anxious to build a pine-wood derby model car, but since I didn't really have any family support - I had to drop the scouts.

Good idea for "The General." It did look quite colorful - and I'm glad you and your boy got this chance to do the race that I never did.

Is it OK if I live vicariously through you for just the moment? I would have loved to see the race!
ehowton at 2008-02-25 21:27 (UTC) (Link)
I'll get more pics up soon.
irulan_amy at 2008-02-25 05:40 (UTC) (Link)
A tea party?! Um, FUN! :D

Yay for Galinda-goodness.

W00t for winning most colorful. It is indeed very bright. :D
ehowton at 2008-02-25 21:34 (UTC) (Link)
I've had to attend one of my daughter's tea parties before, and it was not fun.

Galinda goodness is peeking just over the horizon. I took some more pics this morning before I left work.


galinda822 at 2008-02-25 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
We had "Sugar Plum Fairy" tea and champagne truffles. Yummy!!!!!

We also painted nails...purple for ehowton's little girl and buff for catttitude!
irulan_amy at 2008-02-27 06:05 (UTC) (Link)
See, how could he think that is not fun?

Squee! One of Tim's niece that is coming this weekend is super-girly, and I'm thinking this would be great for us to do this weekend. :D
wardlejew at 2008-02-25 16:40 (UTC) (Link)
My first car was not a car at all. It was a fire truck. Yep, didn't have to fix the block much. I painted it red, put a Lego guy on it, a toy ladder, some kind of water hose, and a Lego steering wheel. I don't think I even came close to winning a race!
ehowton at 2008-02-25 21:43 (UTC) (Link)
It sounds like a creative solution to a complex problem to me ;)
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ehowton at 2008-02-25 21:35 (UTC) (Link)
That's my boy. Loves them Dukes and their car!
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