Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity
PINEWOOD DERBY MEMORY Final Race
As the assistant Cubmaster for our Pack, I decided our old beat up track needed to be improved. So I took it upon myself to build a new one knowing that my son, a new Tiger Cub, and my nephews would benefit from it for years. My son and I worked on his Pinewood cars, Raingutter boats, and Space Derby rockets and never placed in any race -- although it was fun just competing. When my son was in Webelos II, his den had trickled down to only five boys and my son was sure this would be his year to win a trophy. We gave out trophies for four places; my son took 5th by .003 seconds, and was naturally disappointed.
I had always used the same trophy dealer for all of our events, and after my son's last defeat I had to go to the trophy shop to place a different order for the scouts. I related my son's final defeat to the owner of the shop. A week later when I went to pick up the trophies, she had made a special "participant" trophy for my son. He is now in High School, and competing in various sports and earning trophies. However, the Cub Scout trophy is still one of his favorites and has a prominent place on his shelf.