• Mar 27th 2011 at 7:02PM
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The Pinewood Derby is a right of passage and an American institution. First run in 1953 in Manhattan Beach, California, the Pinewood Derby can help ignite fiery automotive passion in young men across the country. Automobile's Joe Lorio recently put together a derby project car with his son and the results are impressive. The car they chose to model their own after? The presidential limousine.

After a three-year losing streak, the Lorios aimed not for first place, but rather the prizes awarded for creativity. Not only did they successfully recreate the limousine, they added sound by ripping the noise-making components out of an audio greeting card and sticking them to the bottom of the pinewood limo.

Joe and his son managed to eke out third-place finishes in each of their races with the limousine. Bigger victories, however, came in the form of the Most Original and People's Choice awards they received for their efforts. Read the whole story at Automobilemag.com.

[Source: Automobile Magazine]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't lego make brown colored people? President Obama is going to be mad that he wasn't part of this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Interesting that you mention it. Lego has made black people, but only when they had to for movies (black people in Star Wars were brown-colored, for example). The other sets with black people in them were where black people are pretty much stereotyped, for example the basketball Lego sets. They've gotten a bit better recently, but the vast majority of their figures are still white, and it's hard to find brown-colored hands if you're making a black minifigure.

        I've always found it ironic that the President of Lego group is named Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (initials KKK), and the only black people in the sets are basketball players and black people in movies. Not to bag on Lego, just saying it's a funny coincidence.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car is also a Deville and not a Cadillac One.

        So I'm guessing this has nothing to do with accuracy, but moreso that it's a presidential limo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the funny thing is, that looks like Newt Gingrich
      • 4 Years Ago
      And I believe its rite of passage.. not right of passage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That must be president Clinton.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 LOL for the Monica Lewinsky joke.

        To tell ya the truth, if she could cook really well, I'd have wanted her too. Hillary just wouldn't do enough to keep me interested either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Next year's entry should be the Popemobile.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rite of passage.

      Jeez...whats it take to be a writer nowadays? 2 brain cells?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some years ago, I believe I won some sort of recognition for "most obviously not done by Scout's father" for an ugly but aerodynamic little racer, plus first place for speed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have used this minifig head:


      Because, y'know, Teddy Roosevelt. Pinewood Derby needs more bully.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Again, flashpoint screws it up for everybody by making it political and politically correct.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Thank you Autoblog. Now I can go about my day after this very newsworthy story about a wooden block with some paint on it, right up there with automoblox or whatever they're called...

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