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Road Grader - Rob Knapp

This is my 2009 Pinewood Derby car, entered in the adult division. As
a Cub Scout Den leader, I try to show the boys what is possible to
build from a block of wood. This road grader started life as an
official BSA kit. The grader is all wood except for a few pieces of
copper wire and part of a pop can I used for the cab roof overhang.
This was a very challenging build, but I think the results are

Queen Bee - William Lund

Every year my boys were in Cub Scouts I had to build extra cars for my
daughter and me to race in the Open class. Well, one year my mother-
in-law wanted a car to race. I thought and thought ... then I
remembered that I had always called her "The Queen Bee" of the family.
So I went to work making her a car. I cut the shape on a band saw,
added a little extra wood to the top to make the body of the bee
taller. I hand-sanded the round shapes, found some balsa wood for the
wings, added the antennae and crown, and painted it to look like a
bee. It was the hit of the pinewood derby. It did not win, but came
in second in all of its races -- I couldn't let my mother-in-law's car
beat mine!

Hot Wheels - Randal Veenker

It was my last year as Cubmaster of my pack. I ran the pinewood derby
race for the pack as well as being the chairman for our district race.
I wanted to have a show car for the last pack race in the open class.
I found a Hot Wheels car that gave me the inspiration for this car. It
was a looker as well as fast, but not quite fast enough to win.

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