We are so proud of our boys today. I mean we’re proud of them everyday 😉 But today we’re particularly proud of them.
They entered into the Duxford Soap Box Derby! Well, I say entered. It was more a case of one teen coming home from Cadets all fired up about it – and Lovely Bloke deciding it would be their summer project to make one! The other teen was dragged into it somewhat reluctantly. Here’s a photo of them the day before, after we’d walked the course and gone up the road near our house to practise. This is after a wheel had fallen off before we even got out to the road, so we weren’t filled with confidence at this point…
We then got to race day. It was bright and sunny. There was a race for tiddlers. And then it was the teens. There were five entrants. We were starting from fifth position. They set off. And by the time they were out of our sight on lap one, they were in third place. Lovely Bloke and I were so pleased – we thought it wouldn’t get around one lap because of the wonky wheel.
So you can imagine how it felt when we saw them come around the corner, completing the first lap, in first place! It was incredible!!! I’ve decided to not put the video in here because someone (me) gets very excited and starts shrieking. Sadly, after the changeover there’s a bit of an issue with the steering and they go into a fence. But still, they persisted.
We really had no expectation other than hoping that they’d finish. Then the race truck came around the corner, closely followed by the team which overtook them earlier in first place. And then, we couldn’t believe it – they came in second!!! They – and the soap box – had survived!!!
They did so well. And the soap box held up too. We couldn’t believe it, on either front. It was a great day. Lovely Bloke is already planning what he could do with the Death Mobile 2.0 – and hopefully, in time, the boys will come around to doing it next year!