Cub Scouts Create the Ultimate Racing Machine for the Pinewood Derby

February 1, 2014

They’re not your typical racecar. Instead of metal, they’re made out of wood and instead of rubber tires, they're plastic.

Cub Scouts from Pack 141 in Keswick got a chance to show off their racing machines during their annual Pinewood Derby.

“My cars number four and we have duct tape and a lot of weights on it,” says Kasey Chadwick. “It took us a few minutes to get it right.”

“My car is named the Megaladon and its number 24,” says Liam Reed. This is his first derby and he named his car after an ancient, Megaladon.

There were all types of emotions before the race. Some were excited, while others were a little unsure of their car's ability.

“This is my second one,” says Chadwick. “I've really never won.”

But that didn’t stop the excitement coming from the main hall at the Charlottesville Church of the Nazarene.

Cub Scouts filled the room with cars individually customized for the race.

“The boys all get a kit, which are basically a block of wood with four wheels and four nails and they turn that into a racecar,” explains David Wagoner, pack committee chair.

The car also has to weigh five ounces and if it's too light, they can add a few weights.

“I painted it, I put weights on it, I put the wheels on it,” says Aiden Reed.

The scouts raced their cars several times and averaged out their speeds to determine the winner of the derby.

Several scouts also took home awards for the best looking cars. This year a car with the Denver Broncos logo won.


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