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Theme Race

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Theme Race

Post by gpraceman » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:58 pm

Saw this article and rather liked the idea of a race theme. Build the cars to the theme. Have an award for best use of theme. What do you think?


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Re: Theme Race

Post by Darin McGrew » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:15 pm

Sounds like it could be fun.

However, not all themes are created equal. The example theme (Robots) is broad enough to allow a lot of creativity within the theme. But I other kid-suggested themes might not work as well.

And some kids (and adults) start planning next year's car almost immediately after this year's race (if not sooner). It might be disappointing to them to discover that their labor-of-love design doesn't fit the theme selected for next year's derby.



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Re: Theme Race

Post by whodathunkit » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:39 pm

Back in the day of the Cub Scout Program Quarterly's there where themes for pinewood derby events.

1955 Theme Wheels Wings & things.
To name a few more themes... winter of 1956-57 Americas trail blazers car's were covered wagons or viking ships.
Feb of 1959.. Carnival of Colors cars were Circus wagons with animals.
Some later themes were Transportation,.. Harbors, Stations & Airports, My Home State.. and so on.

I like the Idea of Themes .. but I'm also on the fence about the idea and say let the kids vote for the idea of a themed race to build there cars for.


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Re: Theme Race

Post by Speedster » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:13 am

Great idea. However, if the picture shows the total amount of awards given for the Design competition, I suspect there will be some resistance.



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Re: Theme Race

Post by Darin McGrew » Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:17 pm

Speedster wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:13 am
However, if the picture shows the total amount of awards given for the Design competition, I suspect there will be some resistance.
Ah, I hadn't noticed that. Yeah, we make a point of awarding at least as many design awards as race awards. I would think that that would be even more important in a derby with some sort of design theme.



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Re: Theme Race

Post by gpraceman » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:25 am

If we were do a themed race, we would have a separate prize for the car with the best theme. Maybe include the car driver (so to speak) in that, so they could dress to the theme.

While the kids could certainly give theme ideas, the adults would need to filter out the unrealistic or too hard to do themes.

Before the end of the current race, have someone pick one of the themes from a hat. "Next year's race theme is ______________, so start thinking of ideas for your car." That would give the early birds a start.


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Re: Theme Race

Post by Speedster » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:09 pm

McDonald's

Wouldn't that be a sight ?



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