The recent AACA annual convention was held in Philadelphia and, for the first time, included a special pinewood derby race staged as a fund-raiser for the AACA Library.
Some of the cars were crafted in advance, but some were pretty much built on the spot. There were more than 40 entries in a variety of shapes and colors.
“To say the derby was a success would be an understatement,” the AACA reported in its monthly newsletter, the AACA Speedster.
“It’s already generated interest in the library hosting another race next year, with a number of spectators bent on making their own cars. Another region was also inspired to try this out at one of their own meetings. Given the overwhelmingly positive response, the derby will be back again for sure!”
We were so impressed by some of the entries that we’re sharing some of the race- and award-winning efforts here:
Elizabeth Coble not only won first place on the track, but an AACA lifetime membership for her “red needle.” Coble represented the Alamance Region of the AACA and donated the membership to the regional member who did the car’s design.
The runner-up on the track was a Harry Potter-themed wedge by Steve MacNish, who admitted his car was crafted by his grandson. Third went to Jack Harris, who in one round of the racing faced off against his wife, Audrey.
“Amazingly,” the Speedster pointed out, “that round resulted in a solid tie and the peace was preserved.”
Among the award winners for vehicle styling were: