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PEMCO Night at the Races: NASCAR-tastic!

Monday, August 31, 2009by  WALLY Team

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!  

On Saturday, Peter, Suz and I put on our racing gear and headed out to Evergreen Speedway's NASCAR Night at the Races for some high-speed, action-packed auto races.

As the competition heated up around the racetrack, engines of a different sort were revving up nearby.  A local group of 'Roadside Chainsaw Woodcarvers' teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind trophy for NASCAR winners.  The carvers created their wooden masterpieces on the raceway sidelines in less than ten minutes!  

We, along with  hundreds of spectators, watched in awe as the masters of the saw skillfully chipped and sawed away at a plain stump of wood until it took the form of a trophy - complete with a racecar to top it off.

Why do the carvers move in a constant circle around their work?   Joaquin, a seasoned woodcarver for over 31 years, explained, 'You just have to keep moving in a circle or else you might end up cutting off something you don't want to!'  Ouch!

In addition to the trophy, the woodcarvers also produced a wood-carved bear and gave it to us as a token of their appreciation.  We are proud to welcome 'T.P.' to our PBA team, and Chipper (our current bear) is happy to finally have some company.  



woodcarvers pose for a picture

Since, sadly, this is the last event for Suz and me as PBAs, we feel that T.P. is an appropriate memento for us to leave behind for future PBAs to come.  This has truly been a wonderful experience that I'll never forget.  Over and out!


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