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Last year’s World Maker Faire New York marked the debut of the Nerdy Derby, “a no-rules miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby.” This year, the derby is back with some fantastic improvements. When car-builders finish their car, it’s captured by The Animated Gif Machine, a stage with a rotating platform that takes pictures of the cars as they rotate. As each car is placed on the top of the track before the race, the spinning car gifs appear on a big screen along with the name of the car and the maker’s name and new finish gate signals the winning car. With a new and improved workshop space and more materials, the car-builders are building and racing extraordinary cars.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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