A tradition that began in 1953, the Pinewood Derby is a race of handcrafted pine cars on a two to six lane track that slopes to the ground. Each car begins as an equal block of pinewood that is then whittled or carved into shape by the Cub Scout and his parent or guardian, thus creating the opportunity for quality time together. Once crafted, the pine car shape is then decorated as the Cub Scout chooses. The pinewood cars are powered by gravity alone as they travel down the track, however weights are often added to reach the maximum weight allowance, and graphite is used as a lubricant as well as for polish.
The derby race itself is run with each car competing in heats, allowing every car the opportunity to run on each lane. Winners of first, second, and third place typically receive an award such as a ribbon or trophy, and first place winners move on to the district race where the victors from each district then compete against each other.
Cub Scout Pack 191 will conduct their Pinewood Derby on the Chevy showroom floor as hosted by Cox Auto on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Families and friends, as well as Cox Auto customers, are cordially invited to join in the festivities of this family friendly event.
The Chevy showroom floor is located at Cox Chevrolet (http://www.coxchevy.com/