The Only Pinewood Derby We Could Win

Only when there are no rules do we have a chance of winning.  OK, I lie.  There are a few rules:

1) No open flame or combustion.
2) No messing with other cars until after the race begins.
3) No getting mad if your car is damaged.

AJ and I mainly worked on the construction of the car, but we ALL designed it.  One Sunday we sat around the table with a bunch of paper and pens and brainstormed.  There were a lot of designs and in the end we figured out that we didn’t have to figure out how to win, we just had to figure out how to not lose.

The way we did that was take two cars, cut them in half, glue them end to end and cut a slit in the middle.  That way, the bar that launches the cars can’t catch until it is at the back of the car, so we automatically have a 3.5 car-length lead.  Then, but wings on the car so that any car, no matter how fast, will only push ours.

In a town full of rocket scientists, it was a brilliant plan that worked!

Bryson, at the last minute grabbed some of his old cars, along with Corbin’s, and they did the best they could on their own.  But this long car was really a family project.

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1 thought on “The Only Pinewood Derby We Could Win”

  1. OH my gosh. That is awesome, awesome, AWESOME! I love the idea and am impressed at your collective brainstorming. What FUN!! Oh- and while I’m here I wanted to let you all know that I love the posts by the kids too. It’s always fun to hear things from their perspective.

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