I LOVE the Pinewood Derby! Walking into the room for my very first Pinewood Derby was an unforgettable experience. Every year, I can’t wait to watch it again!
The Pinewood Derby celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013. It started with Don Murphy who was the Cubmaster for Pack 280c in Manhattan Beach, California. Mr. Murphy’s son wanted to participate in the Soap Box Derby, but he was too young. So Mr. Murphy took his life-long hobby of building models and combined that with the Soap Box Derby’s concept of gravity-powered vehicles. And the Pinewood Derby was created.
After gaining support from his employer, the Management Club at North American Aviation, Mr. Murphy enlisted the help of Pack Committee members to create and assemble the kits which were handed out to the boys in brown paper bags. Some of the Cub Scout dads built a 31′ race ramp. [Read more…]