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pinewood1 Pinewood derby for adults

Last year Make: Online covered the pinewood derby birthday party thrown by Minneapolis maker gerg (aka Greg Flanagan). The party was so successful gerg and his wife Marie threw another one.

Imagine a Cub Scout pinewood derby without the scouts. Grownups gather to eat brats, drink beer, and build cars… then they race them on a track gerg built himself! Marie described the party on her blog:

We invite friends and family to come on over. We purchase car making kits, decals, paint, and give them access to gerg’s workshop. They have 2-3 hours to design and build their cars. As they build their cars, gerg assists in the shop, I prepare nosh, and food is consumed during and after the races. The double-elimination style race is fun for everyone.

pinewood2 Pinewood derby for adults

More pix on gerg’s Flickr page.

So, grownup makers, when’s the last time you built a pinewood derby car of your very own?

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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