For the past couple of years, Sean and Jackson have talked about building a soapbox derby car and racing it in the Steel Days soapbox derby. The minimum age requirement is 8, so this was the first year Jackson could participate. He was so excited! They spent the last couple of months planning, designing, and building his car. Jackson was involved throughout the entire process and I am so glad they could have this experience together!
They spent a lot of hours in the garage together and I was really impressed with their design and how it all came together. There were two divisions-- stock, and the "anything goes." Jackson was in the stock division and his car had a bunch of specs it had to conform to and inspections it had to pass. I loved his car! And I love that they built it from the ground up-- it didn't come from a kit.
All lined up and ready to go for his first race!
Jackson didn't seem nervous at all. I was more nervous than he was, because the hill they race down is sort of steep! He did an awesome job racing. He listened and followed the lines Sean told him to almost exactly. The weight limit for the car is 300 lbs, and Jackson's was only about half that, so he was limited in his speed. Sean didn't want to weigh the car down this first year, but next year he probably will to help him gain more speed.
I'm so proud of him for following through (with the help of his dad) on something he's been wanting to do for a long time. Way to go Ricks Racing! :)