They can each fit in the palm of your hand, but to Cub Scout Pack
219, they were the whole world for a day.
About 50 parents, grandparents and siblings gathered at St. Finbar
Parish School to watch the pack’s annual Pinewood Derby, with the
children and parents racing their 7-inch pinewood derby cars.
A hush fell over the room Sunday as the final four cars sat
positioned to race down the 32-foot blue and yellow track. The
audience held its breath as the cars flew toward the finish line,
where an infrared beam shone up from a tiny hole inside each track to
take the car’s time.
“Yes!” Joey Barlak, 12, yelled when he saw his car had made it
into the final three. Lorraine Marks held a hand to her forehead as
she faked anguish that her car was eliminated from the round.
Father and son ended up taking the winning cake in the
competition, which marked its fifth year. Son Joey won first place
with “Lightning Bolt,” and dad Bill won third place with
“Eliminator.” Adam Gardenhier won second place in the race.
“Pinewood Derby is a tradition for Cub Scouts,” Cub Master Dave
Cub Scouts of America supplies the car-building kits and the
rules, he said.
“The boys love it -- it’s exciting. They get to build it, paint
it, they get to work with tools,” LaFrance said. “I think all the
boys make their cars themselves, with varying degrees of help from
Her son has been looking forward to Pinewood Derby ever since he
joined the Cub Scouts in August, Marilyn Andrews said.
“It’s like he’s racing Mach 5,” she said. “He’s over there putting
on finishing touches.”
William Andrews, 7, said he had a bit of an edge over the other
boys because he built his car with some help with his grandfather,
who has a woodshop. He spent about two months on his car.