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Scouts to test Pinewood Derby racers

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Summit Daily/Bob Berwyn

Summit County, CO COLORADO

SUMMIT COUNTY – For most of the year, the Cub Scout is “Do Your Best.” And for one day each winter, that means go your fastest, as scouts around the country send their five-ounce Pinewood Derby racecars speeding down a track at a local gym or auditorium in one of the best-known scouting events. Summit County scouts will test their racers tonight at 6 p.m. at Dillon Valley Elementary School, with awards for the fastest cars, as well as for the most creative design. The Pinewood Derby is a great way for kids who are interested in the scouting program but not members of a local pack to watch their friends compete in the fun contest.

The basic Pinewood Derby kit consists of a block of wood, four plastic wheels and four nails that serve as axles, but it’s amazing to see what the kids and dads can do with those materials. Last year’s entries at Dillon Valley featured everything from brightly painted beetle-shaped racers to streamlined futuristic speed machines. Typically, only dry graphite powder is allowed as a lubricant.The Pinewood Derby dates back to 1953, when a California scout leader decided to devise a wholesome, constructive activity that would foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition. Scout leaders estimate that about 43 million kids have participated in Pinewood Derby races since the first event.

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