Monday, January 12, 2009

A day at the races

Our first Pinewood Derby was a lot of fun! It was really different than I remembered my brother's races. Back in the day, they used a mammoth wooden track, and the scoring was done by . . . well, by a guy saying "This car came in first, that one second," etc.

We knew it was a whole new world before we even walked into the gym -- we could hear the soundtrack from the movie "Cars" playing! The track was sleek, shiny aluminum with a digital scoreboard above the finish line, and everyone could see the "photo finish" broadcast on a video screen. They dads who did all the organizing were really great with the technical touches.

Nathan and Aaron were so excited when it was their turn to race! Nathan's car ("The American") came in 6th, and Aaron's car ("The Land Shark") came in 14th in their age groups. Nathan's good buddy Logan won the entire day, much to the chagrin of the older boys. :o)

Peter's parents and Uncle Matt joined us for the race day, and I think he was just as excited as any of the little guys. We took him out to lunch afterward to celebrate the big day, and he was already planning for next year with Aaron and Nathan.


Amy said...

Wow - sounds much more high-tech. My brother used the huge wooden track too.

Congrats to the boys on their placements!

Julie & Patrick said...

What great fun! Doesn't your heart just melt to see your men in uniform ;)

Julie R

Shad and Maggie Alsworth said...

Great job guys!!! I remember when Austin was in Tiger Scouts and participated in the derby- fun times!!

The Pfeiffer Family said...

Sounds like race day was a success. Good job boys! Now you can start planning next year's cars. My boys always love the derby races.

April :-)

ColleenC said...

Sounds like fun! Since we have seen Lightning McQueen about a billion times here I know my boys would love it!

Joel and Jenn said...

What a cool experience. Your pack is way ahead of ours. Ours still uses an old wooden track that most of the dads complain has one slow track so if you get in that track, you are sure to lose. There is no electronic race determining either - just two Boys Scouts sitting there deciding! :)I'm glad your boys enjoyed the experience!

CindyO. said...

sounds like fun was had by all!!