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Pinewood Derby

     

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Pinewood Derby: Kits are obtained by the Pack and given to the scout at the November pack meeting.  There are typically two “build” nights (one in December and one in January) where band saws, sandpaper and a scale are available to assist the scout in building their derby car.  The Pinewood Derby kit consists of a block of wood, axles (nails) and wheels.  The small block of wood is formed into a car of the boy's choice. He adds the wheels, weight, and decorations and races the other boys in the Pack with the top three finishers in each age group going to the Shawnee District Pinewood Derby held in April.  The top finishers in the district derby advance to the council derby held in May.

We have the Pack 485 Pinewood Derby Rules online.

2007pine wood derby

Thanks to Mike C. for coordinating again this year and Patti C. for handling the concessions again this year.  Also, a big thanks Bob O. and his son for running the races and tabulating the results (as they have for many years) and to the Boy Scouts of Troop 485 for managing the race track.  The biggest change to this year’s race was the new aluminum track which was purchased primarily with your fund raising dollars.  Sell more popcorn!

Position Tiger Wolf Bear Webelos Pack 485
1st Erik Y. Jacob R. John Y. Alan C. Erik Y.
2nd Trey L.   Asad M. Zane T. Asad M.
3rd Zachary R.   Caleb B. Nicholas A. Zane T.

2004pine wood derby

Thanks to the Johnson's for coordinating this year. Also, a big thanks to the Boy Scouts of Troop 485 for running the race track this year.

Position Tiger Wolf Bear Webelos Pack 485
1st Joseph P. Nicholas M. Ryan M. Stephan B. Nicholas M.
2nd Tanner B. Sammie S. Sidney S. Logan L. Sammie S.
3rd James C. Frankie A. Nicholas Matthew A. James C.

The complete racing results for 2004 are here.

2003pine wood derby

Mark F. repeated as the coordinator this year and we finished the races in record time! We had a small but enthusiastic crowd to see the opening of the 2003 racing season.

We will send a strong group to the District Derby at the Avenues Mall. These are this years winners!!

Position Tiger Wolf Bear Webelos Pack 485
1st Sam S. Nicholas B. Matthew A. Justin Matthew A.
2nd Frankie A. Sidney S. William F. Andrew William F,
3rd Daniel Kevin K. Logan L. Ethan Justin B.

The complete racing results for 2003 are here.

2002pine wood derby

Mark F. was the coordinator this year and everything came off smoothly. His whole family put in a lot of work to make this years race -- and the refreshment possible. Thanks to Joe B. for the cooking and to Cheryl B. as the official starter. Bob O. was back with the laptop and projector.

We had a lot of great car this year and will be sending a strong group to the District Derby at the Regency Square Mall. These are this years winners!!

Position Tiger Wolf Bear Webelos Pack 485
1st Sidney S. Joseph D. Ethan L Chris C.. Joseph D.
2nd Nicholas B. Stephan B. Jonathan L. Shane O. Matthew O.
3rd Ian W. Matthew O. Justin B. Gabriel T. Shane O.

Note that Shane O. won "Most Unique" car in the Shawnee District with his "Skeleton Bed" car.

The complete racing results for 2002 are here.

2001 pine wood derby

This years races were close as usual, but we had the assistance of a finish line judge for the second straight year. We used the Fast Track Finish Judge from the Micro Wizard purchased in 2000 with our popcorn money. We had eight two way ties and one three way tie recorded by the timer. A tie means that the cars we separated by 1/16 of an inch (about 0.01 second) or less! We had three ties on points that we had to break with two car match races.

Terry J. coordinated the event, and everything came off like clock work. BIG THANKS TO TERRY! We had a concession stand serving hotdogs, chips, and soda. There we lots of bake goods donated by the parents for sale as well. Cheryl P. designed and printed out the Drivers Permits and the Participation Certificates that each boy received.  Bob O. set up the laptop computer, video camera, and projector so the crowd to see the races on the big screen for the first time. Raul V. handled the announcements and Cheryl Butler was the pit boss. We had several folks sharing the starting duties -- Jeremy C., Eddie C, Dennis B., Hal L., and Terry J.. Also, thanks to Laurel O. for handling the signup.

An finally here are the results....

Position Tiger Wolf Bear Webelos Pack 485
1st Stefan H. Jonathan L. Shane O. Michael C. Shane O.
2nd Stephan B. Thomas L. Mitch J. Michael B. William F.
3rd William F. Brandon C. Ethan C, Richard M. Stefan H.

A great job by the Tigers grabbing two of the three Pack awards. Looks like lots of good racing in the future for Pack 485!

The complete racing results for 2001 are here.

2000 pine wood derby

The Pack Pinewood Derby winners for 2000 were:

Position Tiger Wolf Bear Webelos Pack 485
1st Asher H. Mitch J. Huston V. Andy V. Andy V.
2nd Ian B. Damon H. Michael B. Chris J. Chris J.
3rd Ethan L. Shane O. Andrew I. Troy O. Huston V.

Scout Sprit - Michael A. with "The Akela Dragster"
Millennium - Chucky P. with the "Y2K Bug"
Most Creative - Peter G.  with "Texas Pete Hot Sauce"

The complete racing results for 2000 are here.

1999 pine wood derby

The Pack Pinewood Derby winners for 1999 were:

Position Tiger Wolf Bear Pack 485
1st Mitch J. Huston V. Troy O. Troy O.
2nd Mark M. Trevor S. Chris J. Chris J.
3rd Shane O. Timmy B. Joey D. Mitch J.

At the Shawnee District competition Troy O. won First Place for Bear Cubs and Mitch J. won Second Place for Tiger Cubs. They represented the Shawnee District at the North Florida Council Scout Blast in May.

At Scout Blast Mitch J. won the Second Place trophy for Tiger Cubs and Troy O. placed fifth for the Bears.

pine wood derby

pinewood Derby Links:

Pinewood Derby Car Design - Here are some ideas on how to build a Pinewood Derby car and some design considerations.

Learn to Build A Winner - This is a very comprehensive guide to build a Pinewood Derby car, but they would like a donation to their Council if you access the entire guide.

Pack 485 Pinewood Derby Rules The rules for our pack,

Racing Methods - The Partial Perfect method. This worked well for use in 2000.

Track:   www.pinewoodderbytrack.com

Timer:   www.microwizard.com

Software:   www.racetender.com