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Racing for Punks 

Wednesday, Sep 22 2010
Polish your axles, deburr your wheels, and keep your nose square. Keep it under 5 ounces, and be sure you've got 3/8ths of an inch clearance. At the Pinewood Derby and Art Auction, an annual benefit put on by the Hell's Belles Car Club, the builders and racers of wooden kit-cars have many regulations to keep in mind. The Belles also provide a “Show Car” category for those who can't follow any rules at all, but to enter the race and get your sanded wheels on that pretty, sloping track, you gotta toe the line. And they do: Describing the hordes of years past, Belle Jamie O'Keefe says everybody wants in. “You've got professional artists, and you've got 5-year-olds” who show up with decorated blocks of wood on wheels hoping for glory, she says. The art auction part of the event attracts car-related donations as well as professional fine art items, likely some that are both. Just remember: Lubricants may not foul the track.
Sat., Sept. 25, 6 p.m., 2010

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