HAGERSTOWN - As the blur of green, blue and red paint crossed the finish line at the Tri-State Fellowship pine car derby Sunday, 5-year-old Garrett Evans bounced with delight.
"Mine's the fastest in the world," he said proudly.
Garrett and his 7-year-old brother, Hayden, had each designed and painted their own pine cars to race in the derby, hosted by Tri-State Fellowship, an Evangelical Free church west of Hagerstown. Garrett chose racing stripes for his car, while Hayden's design was inspired by the American flag.
Their father, Tom Evans, 38, of Hagerstown, helped with the more technical aspects, such as mounting the wheels and adding the weights. Evans said he participated in a Cub Scout pine car derby as a boy, but didn't remember building the car because his father did most of the work.
"I wanted to make sure the kids had the opportunity to do it themselves so 20 years from now, looking back, they will remember being the ones to do it, not me," Evans said.