So, our family is cursed when it comes to the pinewood derby. Our cars never make it to the end (Ethan says his made it once, but Chris and I are pretty sure that's just wishful thinking). Luckily we've only had to do it three times now (once for Ethan, once for Ashley, and now once for Josh).
Josh's is the third car (truck) from the left. He designed it himself, Chris had a friend at the museum cut it for him, Josh worked hard for days sanding it down, and he chose blue spray paint and then drew a guy in the window (which you can't really see).
He was so proud, and he just KNEW his car was going to win. Or at least reach the end of the race.
As you can see, the first time down, it stopped far from the end. Josh fought back his tears, and then gave Chris and I a few dirty looks because we'd warned him that the cars we help make never make it to the end.
BUT! The man kept racing Josh's car, and at one point, his car slowly...slowly...rolled to the finish line. It was great because everyone threw their hands up and cheered when it made it to the end.
It's a blurry picture, but this is Ethan and Josh watching the car slowly go toward the finish line.
He won the award for the Best Design, and proudly accepted his red pinewood derby hat! Even though he didn't win, he was so proud of his truck and had a fun night anyway.
All the winners lined up for a winner's picture. He broke our family's curse, and I'm pretty sure he'll proudly wear that hat for a long time.