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Grown-Ups to Race Little Wooden Cars at the ‘Adult Pinewood Derby’ Saturday

by Tim Regan October 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Image via Adult Pinewood DerbyLocals will have a chance to cheer on little wooden cars as they zoom down a sloped track during an event in Truxton Circle this weekend.

Art and events company Crazy Train Studios is scheduled to host an “Adult Pinewood Derby” at the Milk Cult Wonderbox (79 Hanover Place NW) this Saturday from 4-8 p.m.

If you’re not sure what a pinewood derby is, Crazy Train Studios lays it out like this:

Those familiar with the Boy Scouts of America will understand that the Pinewood Derby was the coolest thing those little nerds ever did. For the uninitiated, the concept is simple–carve a wood block into a custom car shape, paint it, add wheels, then race it against your buds on a giant gravity-powered ramp.

During the race, about 20-30 decorated wooden cars will fly down a long ramp in one-on-one matchups, said event organizer and Crazy Train co-founder Mike O’Brien.

Though judges will award prizes to the three fastest cars, they’ll also hand out awards for the best-looking vehicles. And there will be some interesting designs, including pinewood derby cars made to look like a pink swan and a lightning bolt, O’Brien said.

All who enter a car into the tournament will receive a complimentary swag bag with pins, stickers and other goodies, and Saturday’s derby will also have an emcee, a DJ, beer from Pabst Blue Ribbon and ice cream bars from Milk Cult, O’Brien said.

Though attending as an audience member is free, registering for the race costs $10 per car.

Image via Crazy Train Studios

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