Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Midweek Blues -- We won! Pinewood Derby car

This one's Karen's car, it's
a 1982 or so Pine Wood Derby Racer
Karen (link#1)(link#2-the whole post) was age eight or so then. She did most of the work, Mrs. Jim and I were consultants for her.
She won first place. Of course technology has improved since then so it probably couldn't keep up with the modern cars. Dad was the chief speed advisor for her project. Mrs. Jim did the fashion painting advice. Karen did [most of] the work.
Please enlarge the picture by clicking on it so you can see the driver pretty good. The driver is a piece of lead fishing weight, carved to precision weight with the car weighing 1 ounce less than the maximum.
The paint is acrylic blue with a red, green, and blue butterfly on the hood. There's a rainbow at the rear, and some green growth with a flower on the deck lid. If we were smart, we could have sensed a tree-hugger growing up here with us.
Weight distribution is 63% in the rear wheels, 37% up front. The uplift in the back functioned better than a spoiler in keeping the car hugging the track surface. Many cars tipped and fell off or tumbled, hers went straight down the slotted hill track.
You can go here to see the rest of my not-June Bug posts.

If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo below. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions (considering it is for the second week). Just do what I did.

Or do less, all she requires is a BLUE PICTURE.

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At Wednesday, June 17, 2009 10:06:00 AM, Blogger Suburban Girl said...

Oh thanks to faithful Jim for posting! The Derby car brings back memories!

At Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:25:00 AM, Blogger Sandee said...

How fun for all of you.

Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

At Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:30:00 PM, Blogger Beth P. said...

Congrats are in order!


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