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Rock Candy 500 recap

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Photo by Brian Chilson.

Big fun at the Rock Candy 500 last night. Thanks to a Pinewood Derby Bracket genius in Washington state, we were able to lean heavily on an Excel spreadsheet and run all of the cars at least three times and, the third of the cars that advanced to the finals, six times. So everyone got a chance to say "on your mark, get set..." a lot. And there was plenty of time for razzing competitors.

Robert Roling, of Kustoms Royale, once again came through with killer flames-of-metal trophies that, at least at the event, didn't impale anyone. Here's who took them home:

Best of Show: Kyle Rimkus' "What Can Brown Do for You?" (in lane 2 above)
Fastest: William Purifoy's "Viper Car"
Best Design: Wes Daniels' "Eat My Wake!"
Best Kids: James David Plataka's "General Lee Jr." (in lane 1 above)
Best Paint: Dennis Gross' "Gross"

Awesomely, we had one guy who showed up, pretended not to know what was going on and, after we told him, said that he happened to have his grandson's car in his car. Then, because we wouldn't allow him to weigh his car while he added weight, he put his car back in his carrying case and withdrew, but stayed to watch the entire race.

Further evidence that Pinewood Derby is serious business.

Also, let the record show that my car, "The World's Fastest Slug" (which, admittedly, could've been mistaken for "Sick Turd with Horns") beat two cars designed by Arkansas Times master woodworker/handy man David Koon, even though I didn't put my wheels on until about 30 seconds before we started racing.

Koon made one car that he proudly brought into the office on race day that was about 10" long. When I reminded him that the rules that he'd written capped the length at 7", he went home and threw together a really nice looking, parade-float-style car called "Johnny Depp Arrives in Heaven and Discovers That God is a Large Octopus." He stole from his kid's toy box.

A few more pictures after the jump. I'll post a big slideshow next week.

Thanks to everyone who entered and came out and supported. We raised more than twice as much money as we did last year. All proceeds benefit the Centers for Youth and Families Troop 726, which came out to help last night.

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Fastest car winner William Purifoy.

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Photo by Brian Chilson.

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