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.