|Posted by monsterhobbies on January 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM|
Get Involved With Your Children
Some of my best childhood memories came from the time I spent with my father when I was in the Cub Scouts program. This was back in 1983 when I was 9 years old.
It was announced one night at the Cub Scout meeting that the Wolf Pack would be building Pine Cars and racing them down a long wooden track to compete for prizes. There was a short demonstration and everyone purchased a Kub Kar Kit, which included a square block of wood, plastic wheels and metal axels.
Since I was interested in classic racing cars of the past, my Dad and I agreed that we would turn the square block into a 1932 Bugatti race car.
My father and I worked on our pine car together every day after he returned home from work. Just a few short hours a night every day for a week, we carved, sanded and painted our pine car, anxiously awaiting the day of the big race. Would this car be the winner? We were hopeful, but unsure.
When we finished the car, there was still a good week left before the night of the race. My Dad had the idea that we should build another Pine Car and I choose the design. This time around, I decided on the 1911 Indy 500 winner, The Marmon Wasp. With only a week left before the race, we feverously built that car. With a final coat of red paint, a copper exhaust pipe off the side and a “31” number decal on the side of the car (For the 31st Capilano Wolf Pack), we were ready to enter this car.
Race night came and the Bugatti didn’t do so well. However, after many “Heats” with the other cars of the Wolf Pack, the Marmon Wasp crossed the finish line in first place. We had won the winner’s trophy!
Nowadays, the times have changed. The Pine Car Rally is no longer a “Father and Son” event as the Scout movement is now co-ed. This means that fathers can build the cars with daughters and mothers can join in the fun with their sons. Also, the Pine Car Rally is getting picked up by the church groups too, so it no longer is exclusive to the Scout Movement, like it was in 1983.
Why not get involved with your children in this amazing event? Build lasting memories together and just have fun. The great memories of the time I spent with my father back in 1983 will last my entire life. Will you do the same for your children?
P.S. You can get some pre-cut Pine Cars at Monster Hobbies in High River. http://www.monster-hobbies.com/pinecarrally.htm