Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
"Three, two, one, go!" said Scout leader Scott Carney.
Graphite and gravity; the fuels that have kept Cub Scout Pinewood Derby races going since 1953.
Gus Funk, a third grader with a NASCAR style name, is competing with a car with a special name of its own.
"I named this car Light Speed because it's really made for speed, not for fashion." said Gus Funk.
The little five ounce wood cars can reach 200 scale miles per hour.
A few even wipe out.
Races like this take place around the Cub Scout world every spring.
Running a race is a lesson in applied pressure for the adult leaders.
"Its a little chaos but we have a great team of parents that step right up and help as you can see." said Cubmaster Pat Sirois.
Out of the chaos come life lessons for the first to fifth grade boys who take part.
"There are going to be winners and losers. As long as you are a good sport about it and there's a lot of hand shakes and high fives, that's what it's about." said Sirois.
Of course, it's more fun to win so scouts like Gus Funk build there cars partly on the laws of physics and partly on blind faith.
"More weight on the back can really make it go faster, oh, and there are two little stickers like the wheels are smoking." said Funk.
"When all the graphite dust had settled, a clear victor was ready to get his trophies." said reporter and assistant Cubmaster Dave Anderson.
"Gus Funk! Whooo!" declared Pat Sirois while announcing Gus as the Grand Champion.
At a time when adults are arguing for and against changes in scouting's policies of inclusion, the scouts really only care about learning the lessons Cubmaster Sirois is preaching via pinewood cars.
"I learned its not just about winning. It's about having fun, really much fun!" said Funk.
Little Gus freely admits that's easier to say when you turn out to be your race's grand champion.
In Duluth, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.
Every Cub Scout Pack holds its own Pinewood Derby.
Scouts in Bemidji also raced this weekend.