Pinewood Derby --- Ready, set, go!

By KBJR News 1

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- When you think of the derby you might think of horse races, but this isn't that kind of race! Ready, set, go!

The Pinewood Derby is a race for millions of Cub Scouts nationwide who have been building their own cars and competing since 1953, and they have had a traveling trophy for the winner since the 1990’s.

Boy Scouts across the country have their own Pinewood Derbies, and it was brought to Duluth tonight! This hand-made car race was celebrated by Cub Scouts at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church.

“We build our own cars. We only have a block of wood to make our cars out of. We have nails and wheels,” one Boy Scout, Ethan, said.

Boy Scouts of America says Cub Scouts partner with a mentor or parent to design, carve, paint, weigh, refine, and of course, race their cars!

“For me, the best part is the creativity the boys bring out. It teaches them how to learn to use some tools and just bring that creativity out for everyone to see,” Cub Scout leader, Mike Racette, said.

Boy Scouts of America has much pride in the Pinewood Derby because it strengthens bonds, teaches scouts to share responsibility, develops teamwork, skills and allows creativity. The derby emphasizes sportsmanship and allows scouts to make new friends.

Ramona Marozas