Friday, January 29, 2010

Our last Pinewood Derby

Glimpses into our Pinewood Derby-obsessed household:

Ross painting his derby car

Chris helping Ross with derby prep

Even the cats were watching the goings-on -- notice Bubba is in the background!

Bubba the cat watches derby work

Inspired by a fellow scout who made his car into a large pink eraser last year, Ross decided to make a pencil car this year. Chris helped him figure out how to get it cut at the right angles, and another adult in the pack cut it out, but Ross did more of the work by himself this year than he has in the past.

Ticonderoga No. 2 pencil derby car

Someone suggested that he name it Ticonderoga, and he went with it. I think it's by far the best-looking car he's built as a Cub Scout!

Chris went back to his beloved lake freighters. This year, it was the Paul R Tregurtha.

Paul R Tregurtha derby car (front)

Paul R Tregurtha derby car (side view)

If you've never had the pleasure of seeing the Tregurtha up close and personal, you might enjoy searching You Tube for videos of her on the lakes. At 1000 feet long, she is an amazing sight. Chris's wheeled version came in 2nd place in the adult open division.

Ross had been feeling nostalgic and a little sad about this being his last Pinewood Derby. He is thinking about moving up to Boy Scouts, but they don't have the derby. Yet on race day, he was all smiles. His car was fast, but there were a lot of fast cars this year, and he didn't place. He took it all in stride, though, showing good sportsmanship, and carrying himself like the capable 2nd year Webelos that we know and love.

Ross with his pencil derby car


Lisa Gallup said...

Nice cars! Love, LOVE the pencil!! Bobby always loved the Derby races as well. He stopped after Webelos and didn't go on with Boy Scouts.

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Alma said...


I love Ross' Pinewood Derby. My son Julian is a wolf and we are having great fun with it all. He is now working on his Pinewood Derby and just had our Blue and Gold Banquet celebrating the Boy Scouts 100th year.
Lots of fun.


The Lone Beader said...

Wow!!! Way cool!! I love the pencil car! which reminds me, have you seen the beaded car I am auctioning off on Ebay? :D

inkberryblue said...

Great cars!
...and I can imagine that you would have lots of fun memories from this.