Yesterday was the 4th annual Adult Pinewood Derby (or was it the 5th?). Either way it was my second opportunity to hang with the awesome folks who put on and participate in this Extravaganza of Smack Talk! We did a old-time Circus Freaks theme this year.
The Bailey to my P.T. Barnum is buddy, Sol (The Bearded Beauty). Photos of us in our costumes will hopefully follow when I can rustle some up. I wore my big boots and a "cave woman" costume... and finally got to use my big plastic femur as a club. The posters are photos of people at the race photoshopped into circus freak posters found online. Those are Sol's handywork.
The back of the tent was set up to allow access to the interior (though I didn't use it that way) and to the lighting controls, disguised as an A/C unit.
Now the STAR OF THE SHOW, Slogo the Driving Slug! Most of the racers are interested in winning Fastest Car, but for me it's all about the presentation. Any excuse for a costume is one of my mottoes. Sadly, Slogo wasn't the slowest... something like 2nd or 3rd slowest. Regardless, how many other drivers with no eyes and no arms (let alone thumbs) stayed on the track?
On stage in front of his amazed and adoring fans:
They include adults, kids, a cat, a guy with an axe in his head and a mohawked dude. There's also a rat running across the floor, but I couldn't get him in the photo AND you couldn't really see him anyway. Bummer.
See the Driving Slug - UP CLOSE!
Please note the slug trail up and across the back of the mollusk-made vehicle. Ahem.
The NO sign for Slogo's audience:
No beer, no salt, no slug bait or poison!
The flashing LED bundle in the ceiling:
I hope to get a video of that, because during the display portion of the program (these photos were taken today outside) it was dark and the lights really made the display cooler.
I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, even though the costume wasn't as much as I would like it to have been and it was HOTTER than 2 rats rutting in a sack in that thing. The ManFlesh diplomatically described it as "not the most flattering thing I've seen you in" - HA! Wait'll you see his get up (post coming soon). Also I was able to keep my New Year's resolution to not buy much in the way of stuff to do this. All I bought were weights for the car (which I didn't use and will try to use next year), red paint for the stripes and some kids air-dry clay for the Slogo and the car parts (bumpers, lights, steering wheel).
The ManFlesh's entry:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315646.0
Last year's fun, Cub Scouting for the Adult Undead: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260397.msg2916291#msg2916291