Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity
PINEWOOD DERBY MEMORY Sons of Engineers
My son just entered his first pinewood derby. At the night of the weigh- in, I overheard one of the leaders talking with another parent as they were looking at a car submitted by another scout. The leader was saying to the parent that the car was from the same boy who had won the previous two years, and that his father is an engineer. After leaving I told my wife about the conversation I overheard. We both got a good laugh because I am an engineer as well.
On the day of the race my son ended up winning the overall championship. After the race, I wet up to the leader and laughingly told him that I had overheard the conversation at the weigh-in, and that I too was an engineer. He laughingly responded with, "Son's of engineers have an unfair advantage".
Editor's Note: Son's of engineers don't have an unfair advantage. The boys in this story were just fortunate enough to have a dad that was willing to work with them and apply the principles that are readily available on the Internet.