The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 12, 2014

Wooden cars reach incredible speeds during the pinewood derby

Boy Scouts race close to real drag racing

By Pat Christman pchristman@mankatofreepress.com
The Mankato Free Press

---- — 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.