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April 12, 2014

Wooden cars reach incredible speeds during the pinewood derby

Boy Scouts race close to real drag racing

The rules for Boy Scouts of America pinewood derby racing are specific and detailed. The aluminum track’s design is precise and a digital timing system is used to determine the winner. All of which is not unlike real drag racing. Even the cars reach speeds that approach a dragster’s speed (when scaled up from their diminutive size).

The Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts’ pinewood derby race Saturday at the River Hills Mall brought out first-time racers and serious builders. Car designs ranged from the elaborate, precisely weighted and equipped with a small-sized driver, to a simple wooden block with wheels. Designers earned trophies for the fastest times in their age range. The slowest car down the track also earned a trophy.

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