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 Post subject: Backyard Pinewood derby
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:56 am 
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For my birthday this past summer I decided I wanted to be 12 again. I convinced my wife to let me host a pinewood derby in our backyard.

Let me just say that it was a unqualified success. My friends had so much fun that they demanded it be an annual event.

Instead of giving them a week or 2 to design and build the cars, I decided to level the playing field. I hauled a bunch of tools up from my shop and everyone had 3 hours to construct their dragster.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, right?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gergisthew ... 536815172/

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 Post subject: Re: Backyard Pinewood derby
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:02 pm 
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Awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: Backyard Pinewood derby
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:54 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Backyard Pinewood derby
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:57 pm 
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I actually won a pinewood derby once, in Cub Scouts, my third year. My car had fins and a cockpit; it was sort of modeled after one of those salt-flats landspeed-record rocket cars. The paint was "sapphire flake". Ah, memories.

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 Post subject: Re: Backyard Pinewood derby
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:35 pm 
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Honestly the most fun I had was building the track and helping all of my friends with their cars. I will be throwing another pinewood derby party for sure. You are all invited.

Perhaps we'll need to have an unlimited class for those with pyrotechnics and robotics in their blood.

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 Post subject: Re: Backyard Pinewood derby
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:45 pm 
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OMG GAUSS CARS!!! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Backyard Pinewood derby
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gauss, bah, i'm thinking LOX and LH2.


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 Post subject: Re: Backyard Pinewood derby
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:36 pm 
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holy hot jeebus this sounds like a fun party.
maybe you should have a "completely recycled materials" category too.
thatll ensure a good dumpster-diving pre-party..


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 Post subject: Re: Backyard Pinewood derby
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:31 pm 
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My son's Cub Scout pack just had their pinewood derby a few weeks ago.
I was thinking it would be cool to have an (officially) adult derby. (how many of those
cars are ACTUALLY built by the kids anyway?)

I like the "build on site" idea.

I was also thinking it would be interesting to have an "unlimited" class where you have
a month to build the screamin'est gravity powered car possible, within some set size and
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 Post subject: Re: Backyard Pinewood derby
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Thanks for sharing this! What fun! In my cub scout derby I remember winning a race or two. I also remember that the paint on my car was not fully dry so everyone who handled it kind of winced when noticing the stickiness. Nowadays I suppose there's something better to use than acrylic paint. :lol:

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