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Peter's Car

Back in 2001, I was a Tiger Cub Den Leader. When the day of our
Pinewood Derby arrived, all of the boys brought their cars to the
inspection. You could tell that parental help was involved, but you could
also tell that the boys had a hand in building the cars.

The exception was Peter. You could tell that Peter's parents probably
offered little help. The block was an unsanded, rough cut wedge with a
coat of gold spray paint. When we inspected Peter's car, it was way
under weight. Peter went to the pit area, borrowed some duct tape and
taped coins on his car until it weighed exactly 5 ounces. What a sight:
rough cut, unsanded, with a clump of duct-taped coins on top. But to
our great surprise, that car took 2nd Place and earned Peter a spot in
the district competition. I don't think I've ever seen a boy more excited at
a Pinewood Derby.

Gary Holewinski, Scoutmaster, Troop 38
Erie Shores Council, Toledo, Ohio

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