On Building Ones Own Race Car.

Noah is six years old, and this year was his fifth year to attend the Petit Le Mans race. My dad is a Tech Inspector for the Le Mans series, and the importance of being related to such a cool guy might have gone to Noah’s head.

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Granted, I don’t think most kids would blame him – the access he has enjoyed is unparalleled.

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This year was Ali’s first year to join us (she has always preferred to have a quiet weekend alone with Gramamma – no headphones required), and also perhaps the last, as my Dad retired after this race.

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The very next weekend, my kids were at my parent’s while Chris and I were at a football game. My dad was already settling into his retirement quite gracefully, really enjoying his time away from automobiles. Because Ali, Noah, and my Dad built a coaster car together.

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I cannot very well tell you about the process since I wasn’t there, but Ali wrote a paper to help me out.

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Gramamma sent me pictures of the process, which further helps explain how a coaster car works.

She documented the plans…

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The manual labor (and professor),

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The racing details,

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The mechanic’s signatures (all hand-built luxury cars feature this),

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And the inaugural voyage, where Noah took out a blueberry bush on his way down.

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As you can imagine, there were both successes and crashes…

Both of which Noah also documented for us in his diary.

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If you’re not lying in a swarm of grass beside a car at the end of the day, did you really have a fun time at your grandparent’s house?

I think not.

Editor’s Note: Regarding the odd color choices, Noah insists on writing in his diary according to his Synesthesia colors. This takes FOR-freaking-EVER, but it makes him not complain about writing. So I just make sure I’m out of the room, enjoying my morning coffee, for the process.