by Janet Blue on November 16, 2013

Yesterday was the start of the Cardwood Derby for Cat Scouts. My troop, the Worldwide Wildcats, are pawticipating. Many of us are entering and others are acting as pit crew or cheering us on as we take our places at the starting line.

My car prior to the removal of the seat.

My car prior to the removal of the seat.

We were required to construct our own cars, which must consist of at least 80 percent cardboard. My car is a cardboard box (duh) with a clear plastic windshield and bubble-wrap/electric tea light headlamps. My wheels are cardboard with aluminum foil wheel covers. My steering wheel is a cardboard spool with the Worldwide Wildcats seal on top and bottom, a paw-print ribbon trim and wooden dowel steering column. My backrest is animal-print fabric with a little quilt batting.

As Cat Scouts are resourceful, Mom said we had to construct my car from items we already had around the house. This was not a rule of Cat Scouts, but my family strongly believes in the principles of reuse, repurpose and recycle.

My car after the seat was removed. I did retain my back rest and thats my seat belt hanging out the side of the car.

My car after the seat was removed. I did retain my back rest and thats my seat belt hanging out the side of the car.

So the bright blue car I wanted ended up being desert sand in color, and it is not very aerodynamic. As Mom and I worked hard at constructing it, I was wishing that we were fans of NASCAR so we might have had a better idea of what we were doing.

Nonetheless, my car is complete, and I am revving up my engine. I am car number 11 as that is my placement number among past and present cats in our household. I am not expecting to win the Derby, but I sure hope I don’t come in any lower than 11th place. In reality, I just hope to finish the Derby, which concludes on November 20. The win most likely will go to the Cat Scout requiring the fewest number of naps and stops for refueling.

Lisbeth checks my steering wheel and speedometer while I check out my wheels.

Lisbeth checks my steering wheel and speedometer while I check out my wheels.

Sisfur Lisbeth is acting as my pit crew. You’ll see her in the photos helping me check-out my car to make certain it’s in good working order.

We did need to modify our design at the last minute as I refused to sit in the very nice and safe seat Mom made. I wasn’t very good about keeping my seatbelt on for photos, but I have promised to wear it for the entire length of the race.

Our final check prior to me starting the engine. (How do you like my car's headlights?)

Our final check prior to me starting the engine. (How do you like my car’s headlights?)

All the cars will be on the Cat Scout’s Facebook page as well as Pinterest. I really hope you will check them out.

See you at the track!

Purrs and hugs, Mauricio (Andretti)


I'm already to hit the track, as soon as Lisbeth backs away and gives me a paw's up sign.

I’m ready to hit the track, as soon as Lisbeth backs away and gives me a paw’s up sign.

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MyThreeMoggies November 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

We are seeing some great cars on the blogs x
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Me, You and Zu November 20, 2013 at 2:28 am

Your Derby car is awesome!! I love the seatbelt! We had the best box to build one but mom forgot and recycled it!!
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Clooney November 20, 2013 at 1:40 am

What fun! Your car is SO cool, what a great job you did, love it! Love the pit crew pics too!
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catsnco November 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

That’s an AWESOME car!


Austin Towers November 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

That is a brill car, Mauricio!!! Sorry I’ve not been around much but the human has had “stuff” going on that doesn’t include me! 🙁
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LP November 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

Drive carefully Mauricio! That car looks like it could get you in a lot of trouble!! ;p

the critters in the cottage xo


Timmy Tomcat November 18, 2013 at 8:07 am

A really grrrreea racer Mauricio. Safety is impawtent so that seatbelt is a big plus. Lisbeth jumped right in with both paws and she will add much as a pit crew. Wow I love your lights! Grand idea and good use of handy materials.
You are going to be tough to get around in the Derby my furend
Little E will now be in our headers. The Fall was made befur he had become a member of the Tomcat Home
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Oui Oui November 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm

WoW! What a pawsome auto! You did a great job and good luck in the derby!
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Glogirly and Katie November 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

OMC!!! That is the COOLEST CAR EVER!!!!!
Can we go for a spin too?!?
I’m an excellent driver.
; ) Katie
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Angel Abby November 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm

How cool! You are masters on your new car!
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Marie November 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

So cute 🙂
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Sammy November 17, 2013 at 6:09 am

Mauricio your Derby racecar is PAWSOME! I just love it…..with headlights even! While that seat your Mom made DID look quite comfy, I bet it was just a tad too confining huh? Well, my car doesn’t even have a seat and it’s too confining….hahaha I’m trying to cooperate with my Mom for the one eeeensy teeeeeensy photo she needs to snap so I can officially enter – really I am – and today might be the day……keep your toes crossed for me will ya? Meanwhile, have a RESTFUL Sunday!

Kitty Hugs, Scout Sam
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Loupi and Zorro November 17, 2013 at 2:42 am

Yeah ! What a neat car you’ve got there ! Clapping paws for the crew ! Purrs
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prancer pie November 17, 2013 at 12:53 am

What a great car! Good luck in the derby!
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Cathy Keisha November 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

You look very cute in your car, Mauricio! Best of luck in the race.
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Maxwell, Faraday & Allie November 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm

DOOD! You da MAN — err, MANCAT — in those wheels!!
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Katnip Lounge November 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm

That’s a BOSS car, Mauricio! We ‘specially like the bumper sticker in front!
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Brian Frum November 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Yourmcar sure is impressive and that steering wheel is so cool!
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Catherine November 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Too too funny!
Drive safe kitties.
xo Catherine
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Beverly November 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Pretty clever car, Mauricio! Good thing you have both a kitty and human pit crew. Wish you the best of luck! Sophie & Bev
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Flynn November 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

That is a great car Mauricio!
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Sherri-Ellen T-D. November 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Yow Mauricio dat care iz sumfing else!!! WE lubz it!!! Go Brofur Go!!! Zoom Zoom Zoom~~ Lisbeth iz bery purrfesshunal dere n me finkz ya will do purrfect!!
Hurrah fer #11!
Lub yer Sisfur Nylablue (who watchez NASCAR n givez yer care 2 pawz up!!)
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The Island Cats November 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Mauricio! Your car is GREAT! I like your wheels. And at least you have a helpful pit crew. All mine wants to do is drive my truck. Sheesh!

I don’t expect to win either…but it’s been great pawticipating and seeing all the cool cars everybuddy has designed.
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Sparkle November 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Good work, Mauricio!
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Molly The Wally November 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

OMD that is brilliant. How clever of you. Just the best.
Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly
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Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal November 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Looking good !
Since I just become a Cat Scout a couple of day’s ago I haven’t had time to build a car 🙁
My humans recycle as much as you can too 🙂
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