The pinewood derby race cars zip by as Cub Scouts in the front row get a quick glimpse. Of note the pinewood cars go pretty quick, race actually is over in a few seconds over a 30-foot long track.
It’s not often you see kids today put down their smartphones and exercise anything other than their opposing thumbs. But the members of Boy Scout Troop 814 provided for some fast racing that attracted multiple participants from various BSA troops and attracted the attention of numerous Southwest Plaza shoppers April 13. Photos by Stefan Krusze
Official car handlers BSA member Vernon Ruggles and Cub Scout Lion Caleb Buckman checking the pinewood racers, once the cars have passed close inspection only the official car handlers can touch and move the cars.
Member Brendan Fitzjarrel, the race day commissioner, monitors the electronic finish. The pinewood derby race cars require a soft padded backing to be stopped since the speeds attained could damage the car with a hard impact. Photos by Stefan Krusze
Scout Mica Marner, race commissioner, weighed the pinewood derby race cars to make sure they did not exceed five ounces, and Brendan Fitzjarrell, inspector who verified the car’s measurements and dimensions did not exceed seven inches long, 2.75 inches wide and must have 1.75 inches of between the wheels to fit on the track, with a minimum of 3/8 of an inch of clearance from the bottom of the car.
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