This is the Grand Prix pinewood derby car my husband and son made for this year's Grand Prix race at AWANA. Since our almost 3 yr old boy is Mater-crazy right now, Tow Mater seemed like a good choice for a car to try to win a trophy for design (that was, until they had to try to keep the 3 yr old out of the garage while they were working on it).
If you're looking for details on how to make this, I'm not going to be much help as I was involved this much - zilch, zippo, nadda, NOT. All I know is they started with measuring a die-cast version of Mater to get the dimensions correct. Some balsa wood is involved. Wood was removed from the bottom of the original car block to help with balancing out the weight of the added balsa wood. They used misc parts from old car models for the rear-view mirrors and air filter. Some kind of sponge was used to paint on the 'rust' or brown paint. Paint pens were used to write "Tow Mater" on the side and also for the windows and the tailgate. And lastly, as you can see, the hitch was built from Legos (since my son the builder has oodles of Legos). Most importantly though, my son was rewarded with not only the 1st place trophy for design, but also with the cries of "Mater" by the other kids at the Grand Prix whenever he raced down the track!
|Tow Mater front|
|Tow Mater side|
|Tow Mater back|
|On the table at the race|
|With his trophy - a happy boy!|
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