Pumpkin racers are back this year after the debut of the track last year. Yates the well-known gardening product company love the pumpkin racers and are helping us out with prizes and a new coat of paint for the track.
What makes the best pumpkin racer?
Is it a small pumpkin with big wheels? A large pumpkin with small wheels? Do the bigger pumpkins go faster?
These are a lot of the questions you’ll have to ask yourself or have a practice run before the carnival to see what works best.
Getting the axles completely parallel is the key to making the racer run straight down the track, any wobble and it could hit the sides of the track and slow down or stop completely.
Construction is one thing; the other is making it look AWESOME
Will your pumpkin racer be an animal? A fancy race car or something else totally? Maybe it might just be a pumpkin with wheels stuck to it.
No matter what you decide your pumpkin racer has to follow some simple rules:
#1. Your pumpkin racer must be made with only one pumpkin (store bought is fine)
#2. Two independent axles must be placed through the pumpkin
#3. You may not attach your pumpkin onto a pre-fabricated chassis of any kind (skateboard, stroller, Tonka truck, etc.
#4. No pushing or “helping” your pumpkin down the track, let gravity do its thing
Your pumpkin racer can't be any wider than 35cm (350mm) including the wheels, so it can fit on the track.