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Come From Behind Car

My oldest son had the misfortune to be in a den with a scout that had
two older brothers that had been through Scouts also. His dad had been
helping with Pinewood Derby cars for 14 years. The best my son had
done was third place in his den until his Webelos year. Here is what

My son and I decided to build the Stealth car from Maximum Velocity.
Jeff worked hours polishing his axles, sanding the car and checking the
weight. We tried every trick we had heard of. We lifted one wheel. We
rolled it across the kitchen floor over and over until it rolled straight. We
even used wax paste to polish the wheels.

Then came race day. Our pack uses the double elimination method of
racing on a three lane wooden track. They race in heats moving the cars
to a different lane each heat. When Jeff's den finally came up to race, I
was on pins and needles to see how his car would do. He was in the first
heat with the reigning pack champion. Jeff's car won the first race, but
then lost the next two races to lose his first heat. My heart sank when I
saw his face fall, for I knew he was thinking it was going to be another
losing year for him. We had to wait until the top racers went through to
decide who was going to the final round.

The final round includes the two fastest cars, and the third slot is filled
with the winner of the consolation rounds. Jeff's car was back up and I
thought the best we could do now was third place again. Then something
happened that I still cannot explain. Jeff's car began to win. Race after
race and heat after heat, his car was beating the other cars in his rank.

Finally, he made it to the final round. Jeff, the pack champion, and one
other car began to race. I couldn't believe it when Jeff won the first race.
These were the same cars that had beaten him in the very first heat.
They moved the cars to different lanes and raced again. This time Jeff's
car came in second. It all came down to this last race. The crowd was
chanting his name, "Jeffrey, Jeffrey" as the cars came down the track.
The race was very close. If it wasn't for the timer at the end of the track it
would have been very hard to tell who had won.

Jeffrey won! I couldn't believe it, and I could tell from his stunned
expression that he couldn't believe it either. He had beaten the Pack
Champion. Not only did he win First Place in the Webelos rank but he
went on to win the race to become the new Pack Champion. I will never
forget his stunned expression and that little come from behind car.

Jim Billings

Read More at: Pinewood Derby Times Volume 7, Issue 14

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