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Pinewood Derby Days

February 1, 2015

Oh yes. It is the first for us. Michael’s first year in Cub Scouts has brought many traditions into our little house this year. The Pinewood Derby is indeed one of those time-honored traditions, right?!

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Nate’s trip to Nashville was the perfect opportunity for Papa to step in as leader and accomplice in this car building.

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Michael loved the opportunity to use the Dremel for the first time. How fun, right?!

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After watching the videos, Michael was so set on finding flame decals. I love it.

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Time to insert the weights to get the car to 5 oz.

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Bent axels and graphite were added to reduce the friction on the wheels.

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And it’s off to the races. Michael had his own little cheering squad! Fr. Neil stopped in to bless the cars and partake in some racing fun. I love it. It means a lot sistas that you came! (As an aside, thanks too for the help during Mass afterward.)

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Car #25 weighed in at exactly 5 oz. and took it’s place among the other racers.

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Drivers ready.

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On your mark.

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Get set. GO!!

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So it seems there were some definite design errors in this year’s car construction. Michael’s car struggled in all four heats. Center of gravity off? Axels bent incorrectly? Wrong graphite? Who knows for sure, but I imagine there will be a few male minds pondering it before next year’s races.

Now for the awards.

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“For Den 9, the winner was Michael Boster at an average time of 4.7 seconds.” (Almost a full second slower than the other winning competitors.)

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It seems Michael was the only from his den to compete. How? We aren’t sure, but for now, I’m so delighted his first car sits next to a trophy.

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His den (a combination of Dens 8 & 9) also received the award for the lowest average time. They get to adorn it with something and bring it back to be awarded next year. Well done boys!

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Today might have been a lesson in “just show up”, but I’m so proud of this crew of men who helped pull off this first (for our family). Next year, the trophy will be for the truly fastest car in the den.

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Max, one of these days, it will be your turn to race. Your brother will hopefully be an Eagle scout by then and able to give you some grand advice on your first Pinewood Derby races. Here’s to the promise of a continuing legacy!

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Well done you two! Thanks for a great afternoon of entertainment and success.

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