Rather than “Gentlemen, start your engines!” it was “Clubbers, bring your cars to the starting line”, when around thirty-five creative pinewood derby vehicles in various forms went head to head, bumper to bumper, and raced until it was clear who the winning-est racers were from all of the combined heats.
The race commissioner for this third annual event was Mr. Rich Elliott, who was assisted by several key people starting the races, checking the photo-finish results, and announcing results. Rich built the track and assembles it each year, with assistance, in Harmony Hall for the races. He also brings the computer with software which are used to facilitate the selection and results, tracking of each racer in each “heat”, making sure there is fair selection and opportunity for every vehicle.
The leader (“commander”) of the King’s Kids program, Mr. Pete Field, began the race day with a word of prayer. Then it was race after race, with some cars smoothly gliding down the track, some bouncing about, and others coming off the track for spectacular crashes!
After a pause for hot dogs and chips for lunch, the final races commenced, followed by exhibition races of cars built by the leaders. We saw a re-emergence of the Phillies car by Jim Harker, a Snap-On wrench car by Pete Field, a Milkbone car by Rich Elliott, and a VW Karmann Ghia, built by Rob Gerkensmeyer, to go along with his entry from last year, a VW Beetle of the same shade of yellow.
Along with the race winners, there were also winners for best design, best paint, most original, and peoples’ choice. Fans came from all around the area to observe the creative vehicles and cheer on their children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and friends. Thanks to all who participated!