As the parents of two daughters there are a few things that we assumed would never be in the cards for us. Little league, football practice, and The Pinewood Derby to name a few. Even though we’ve come to peace and have fully embraced (dare I say rocked?!) our girl parent role. I won’t deny the excitement that was buzzing in our house the day Marissa came home and asked her daddy if he would make a derby car with her for the AWANA Grand Prix.
“Daddy, can you please build a car with me?!” I’m pretty sure there was no way in the world that Russ could or would have declined that invitation. So they rolled up their sleeves and got to work. I wish I had documented the whole process… but I didn’t. They worked sneakily and quietly in the garage. Probably hiding from me and my camera. But I did manage to take this photo before they started.
They worked and worked, learning so much along the way. In the end they were left with a car that they were both proud of. Marissa was just so sure her car was going to be fast. Russ was prayerful that all of the hard work and hours spent would equal a car that didn’t fall to pieces and hopefully win at least one of the races it was in.
I watched a nervous girl (with an even more nervous dad behind her) while the car was being inspected. A trial run and then the agonizing wait for the races to begin. All while my head was swimming from a cold and I was trying to be the calm reminder that even if our car wasn’t fast, we’d still have fun.
Finally it was time for the races to start. Marissa won her first heat, her second heat, her third heat and her fourth. Her car WAS fast and it appeared to be one of the fastest cars out there. She jumped, she giggled, she grinned from ear to ear… and so did her dad. Okay, maybe he didn’t giggle.
“This must be what people like Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs feel like.” He said as he posed for a picture with Marissa.
(Jess & Whitney I think you may be the only two girls who gets that reference :). )
After waiting for what felt like forever, they finally were ready to give the results. They took the 4 run times and averaged them, awarding trophies to the top 4 fastest cars.
She won 3rd place!
It was so sweet. She just kept saying “I can’t believe I won a trophy!”
I was so proud. Proud of Marissa and proud of her awesome daddy who spent so much time working on that car with her.
Take a look at Marissa’s car in action!
Our first Grad Prix was a huge success and Russ already has ideas of how we can build an even faster car in 2017. That is if Marissa even wants to build one… but I feel pretty safe assuming that answer is a YES!
Have you ever built a derby car?
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