Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pinewood Derby

This was our second year for Pinewood Derby.
This year, Riley was able to make a car too.
They have the Scout's Races and then they have the Outlaw Races.
The Outlaw Races are everyone else who wants to make a car or scouts who want to make two cars.
The Outlaw cars can weigh more than the scout cars, so some scouts like to do more than one.

Jeff & the boys had been working on their cars on and off for weeks.
They cut the wood, smoothed the axles, drilled holes for the weights, painted the cars, and added graphite to the wheels to make them faster.
They even got cool stickers to add to their cars!
I think they did a great job!

Last night, we headed to the boys' school for the competition.

Here are some of the other cars after weigh in:

There were 22 scout cars total.
The boys sat patiently in a line waiting for their turn to race.

When it was Zach's turn, he got his car into place and went down to the other end of the track to wait for his car.

The first time his car beat another car, he was excited:
The second time his car beat another car he was elated:
Last year he was out right away.
This year, Zach got 5th place overall in the scout races.
That's pretty good for just his second year in the races!

When it was time for the Outlaw Races, Riley got excited.
He had waited patiently for so long.
Luckily he was in the first race.
The track was taller than him!

I think that he was excited just to be there, he really didn't pay attention to whether he won or not.
Here he is winning his first race:

I'm not sure he actually knew he won.
He was happy either way though. =)

Here he is winning his second race:
I think he figured it out by this time. ;-)
Riley won second place in the Outlaw class.
Yeah Riley!!!
(And yes, we did have a small melt-down when Zach realized his little brother was second he was fifth, but he got over it.)

After the races, it was time for Pie In The Face.
If a scout sold $700.00 or more in popcorn, they got to throw a pie in the face of one of the leaders.
Zach got to throw one pie.
He was super excited about it.
Poor Stacey!
Zach and the other scouts who got to do it loved it though!
The boys are already excited about Pinewood Derby next year!


  1. The cars are AWESOME looking! Congrats on Zach and Riley's wins! Photos of their faces is priceless!!


  2. Great looking cars! I love the picture of him winning his race! :)