Forty-five pine-box derby cars raced March 16 in the Awana Grand Prix at First Baptist Church, Wellington.
Nearly 160 people took part in the 29th annual event as competitors and spectators. Races were open to boys and girls in third to sixth grades and there was also an open class for younger children and teens.
First, second, and third-place trophies were presented in three categories for the Awana clubbers: speed, design, and novelty design.
Elimination heats were run to determine the speed winners.
Judges studied the cars prior to the race to award the design (race car) winners as well as the novelty design (unique car) winners. First and second-place trophies were also presented for the speed winners in the open class.
The 2016 Awana Grand Prix winners were:
• Speed: Elyana Metter (first), Nicholas Gancos (second), and Ranger Metter (third).
• Design: Glenn Lamb (first), Sam Schritz (second), and Nicholas Gancos (third).
• Novelty Design: Bryce Case (first), Seth Case (second), and Becky Smith (third).
• Open Class Speed: Alex Sparks (first) and Caleb Smith (second).
Awana is an international children’s ministry with clubs meeting in local churches.
The Awana Clubs at First Baptist Church meet from 6:30-8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from September through April.
Courtesy photo Pictured are (back row) Caleb Smith, Becky Smith, Seth Case, Bryce Case, (middle row) Alex Sparks, Elyana Metter, Glenn Lamb, Sam Schritz, (front row) Ranger Metter, and Nicholas Gancos.