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Ready for the Pinewood Derby

Just got back from Test and Tune night at the Shepherd Elementary School. Josh’s Pinewood
Derby tractor will be competing in races starting tomorrow morning in the school cafeteria. It has
been an interesting experience shaping the boring block of wood we received a month ago into
a lean, mean, racing machine.
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Our preparations started right after Christmas break. Our first step was to design the car, so I
created a diagram of the block of wood which we received within the kit and asked Josh to draw
in the shape that he wanted. His vision was always for his derby racer to be a tractor. But, back
when we were in the design stage his approach seemed very simple--cut a seat into the middle,
and then write the words “John Deere” across the sides.

I thought, “Gee, even I could do that.” A week later, we attended a Cub Scout’s meeting down
inside a basement which was well-eqiupped with tools. When someone asked Josh what the
design of his racer was going to be, my son answered “tractor.” I smiled, thinking how easy it
was going to be to slice out a seat with a saw. But, the plans began to change as Josh talked to
the other helpful father about his vision for a tractor. Now, suddenly we were going to add a cab
on top and an exhaust pipe. My ears perked up...how were we going to do that?

Well, not to fear, because after another night of work and then a coating of paint this past
weekend, Josh’s tractor was born.

Even if Josh’s entry into the Pinewood Derby car races doesn’t burn up the track, he’ll still walk
away with a very cool looking tractor.

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