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  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,555
    G'day

    A good deal fancier than the ones we made as kids. We used to regularly enter our billy-carts (the name in Australia, honouring the fact that early carts were dragged by billy goats) in a derby in a nearby town. Ours were all built by kids and we were deeply disdainful of carts built with parental assistance (although they always won).

    The wheels were scrounged from old prams off the local rubbish tip. The very fastest, and wildest to control, fitted small ball bearing races onto whittled timber slats, either wedging them on or hammering a nail on each side, leaving the riders backside two inches from the pavement. If the bearing races were in reasonable condition and well oiled, they were phenomenally quick. Steering control was arbitrary as metal on pavement has a low coefficient of adhesion, but the noise was spectacular.

    On a good day, you could tear through two pairs of trousers, falling onto the road surface. I still have a scar on my right hand to tell me of my childhood. Our mothers were remarkably tolerant!

    Cheers

    Graham
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,951
    I don't mean to brag, but I'm going to... ;)

    I was a local Soap Box Derby champion in 1970... back when Chevrolet sponsored and it was a big event...

    Got an all-expenses paid trip to Akron for myself and family (Boy Scout camp for me, college dorms for the family.. for nearly a week)...

    Heady stuff for a 12-yr-old!

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,025
    It's mid 50s Graham, but it's not a Chevy (or Holden :shades: ).
  • jlindhjlindh Posts: 282
    I believe I see a Pontiac Indian hood ornament.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,686
    edited April 2013
    Cartoon we did for Road & Track a couple years ago:

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,025
    There is an Indian motif involved but it's not a Pontiac either.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,951
    Nice.. seriously... It was a big deal.., :)

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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,686
    Oh I know. It was highly competitive.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    Didn't the final used to get broadcast on ABC's Wide World of Sports?
    Could be wrong, but I think I remember seeing it.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,686
    I think one of the winners grew up, married a top model, got divorced, went into re-hab and later took up social work. (I just made that up--- :P )
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    I thought that was the skier who crashed horribly.
    Maybe it was because they hit their head. ;)
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    We use to cannibalize old skate boards and lift a few wooden pallets from the local warehouse to build ours.

    Also there is an event near here every year put on by the local high schools and all teams / students can only build their racers in the wood shops at school. No outside advice is allowed. It gets highly competitive with multiple teams from multiple schools. Each grade is broken into different classes. Class A is 11-12th grades, Class B is 9-10th grade, Class C is 7-8th, and Class D is 6th grade. What is nice is the students are graded on their workmanship, not the results.

    Odie
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,951
    So... you guys can just call me Champ, from now on... ;)

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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,686
    Can you still fit into your old uniform? :P
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,025
    edited April 2013
  • lostwrench1lostwrench1 Ct.Posts: 435
    I throw in my cards.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,940
    The yellow car? I'll guess Chevy ca. 1952
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,602
    '55 chrysler?

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    edited April 2013
    1949 Chevy Deluxe Convertible. There was a nice red one at the Hershey Hill Climb this year.

    Odie
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,025
    Close enough Stickguy. :-)

    New Documentary Focuses on Tale of Hemingway's 1955 Chrysler New Yorker

    "A 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Convertible that once belonged to author Ernest Hemingway is being restored by a museum located at his former home near Havana.

    Hemingway paid $3,924 for the Navajo Orange and Desert Sand car in 1955 while living in Cuba, where he had maintained a residence since 1939."
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