BUILDING CARS AND RELATIONSHIPS RACE BRINGS KIDS, PARENTS EVEN CLOSER.Byline: Bhavna Mistry Staff Writer
CASTAIC - They used a kit purchased over the Internet, scrap lumber lumber, term for timber that has been cut into boards for use as a building material. The major steps in producing lumber involve logging (the felling and preparation of timber for shipment to sawmills), sawing the logs into boards, grading the boards according to and metal found in garages, but the soap box derby The Soap Box Derby also called coaster car race is a youth soapbox car racing program which has been run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. car builders created more than just racers, they made human bonds.
On Sunday, fathers and their children put their newly made creations to fast work as part of the fourth annual Soap Box Derby, racing down the local streets and celebrating family success.
``This event is designed around fostering the relationship between parent and child,'' said Kris Kelso, Youth and Family Program director with the YMCA YMCA
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Nonsectarian, nonpolitical Christian lay movement that aims to develop high standards of Christian character among its members. , which organizes the event. ``It's perfect for what we want to do - kids and parents doing something together.''
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See : Time YMCA has sponsored the event and worked with the parent volunteers and their children to hold the races in the Castaic Industrial Center, where The Newhall Land and Farming Company The Newhall Land and Farming Company is a land management company based in Valencia, California, United States. The company is responsible for the master community planning of Valencia, as well as the management of farm land elsewhere in the state. donated the land that serves as the downhill raceway.
``I was nervous at first, but it got easier,'' said Cody Parks, 11, who placed first in one of the initial time trials. ``I started to spin out but I straightened out as I crossed the finish line.''
``It gives you an experience of actually driving,'' added Paul Calvillo, 10, of Saugus. ``It's really fun.''
For about two weeks to a month before the race, each club team purchases a car kit that provides steering, brakes and wheels, and then parents and children work to design their own derby cars.
``You can see the creativity in everyone,'' said Kelso. ``It's not just Mom or Dad dictating, it's everyone working together. You're not only building a car, you're building a relationship.''
The cars ranged from little short flatbed boxes to enclosed en·close also in·close
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1. To surround on all sides; close in.
2. To fence in so as to prevent common use: enclosed the pasture. racers. Some had tall handles, others used detachable de·tach
tr.v. de·tached, de·tach·ing, de·tach·es
1. To separate or unfasten; disconnect: detach a check from the checkbook; detach burs from one's coat.
2. push poles. While one child drives the car down the 50-yard course, others will push it and cheer their racer racer, name for several related swift, slender snakes, especially those of the genus Coluber. All of the racers are nonpoisonous, nonconstricting, day-active snakes. The black racer, C. on.
``It's extremely rewarding on both sides,'' said father Russell Case, 43. ``Both parents and kids have a hoot and they learn different skills.''
Ten-year-old Brittany, of Burbank participated in the races as her father, Shannon McGinley, 35, checked the time.
``It's the first time we've done this,'' said McGinley. ``This is great because it provides more hands-on.''
The McGinleys, along with other team members, got together at a member's house last weekend to work on their car and enjoyed a barbecue.
``It's about them not us,'' McGinley added. ``You get their input and do some of the hard stuff and let them do the easy stuff. It's a great time together.''
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The point or line at which a race begins.
Noun 1. starting line - a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
scratch line, scratch, start Sunday in Castaic as part of the YMCA sponsored event.
(2 -- color) Racers speed down the hill at the Castaic Industrial Park in the soap box derby event held on Sunday.
Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News