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Pinewood Derby Car Rally

Here's a spot to upload photos of your Pinewood Derby cars.

Around the county, Cub Scouts are racing their automotive creations in the annual Pinewood Derby and the top winners from each pack will go on to race at the Marin County Fair this summer.

It all starts with a block of wood, four wheels and a few pins to attach them to the body. Scouts have to supply the paint and imagination. But in addition to design creativity, there comes some strategy on making a fast car while following specific rules on weight.

The actual derby is run in heats with two to four cars starting from a standstill and running down a ramp to the finish line. Pretty simple, but exciting nonetheless.

According to the Boy Scouts of America's official Pinewood Derby website, the first derby was held in 1953 and has become an enduring tradition.

Here's a spot to post pictures of your Pinewood Derby cars  — past and present.

Jennifer McCoy April 25, 2012 at 06:26 AM
My son loves racing in the Pinwood Derby. It's one of the hilights of the year! It's also such a bonding time for Fathers and sons, not to mention, a lot of fun for the whole family!

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