Rochester Pack 30 Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby was held on Saturday, January 10th at the Rochester Memorial School. This is a time-honored tradition which has been going on for 50 plus years. The boys were given a Pinewood Derby kit which includes a block of wood and 4 wheels and axles. They are then able to cut the block of wood into any shape they would like as long as they stick to the rules which includes how long the cars can be and distance between axles, etc. The weight of the car cannot exceed 5.0 ounces. Adding lead or weights to the car can help achieve the correct weight. Graphite is usually sprinkled on the wheels to help them roll better down the track.
The cars were very colorful and imaginative this year and every scout names his car. There was Captain America, The Monza Machine, and Team Roscoe to name a few. Every boy receives recognition for the uniqueness of their car and the top four winners received trophies and will move on to The District Pinewood Derby to race again.
The track is a hand-crafted track built by Joe Valente (a past Scoutmaster) and his students at Greater New Bedford Voke and is one of the best-made in the area. It is now stored by Kevin Thompson from Bold Moves Real Estate and Rochester Pack 30 for use every year. The track was originally low tech. Leaders would sit at the end and determine first, second, third, and fourth place. Now the track is connected to a high tech computer program which determines the winners for each race and also randomly places the cars in order for each heat so each car gets a chance to race on each of the four tracks. It is a fun day for the boys and they learn how to work on a wood project and use various tools.
Parents and grandparents were on hand to cheer the boys on and take part in a hot dog lunch which included hot chili and soup on a cold day.
Every boy has his own method for making their car unique and fast. There is no tried and true recipe and you never know which car will be the fastest for the day. Aerodynamics and weight all come into play but the boys are always excited to make a car that is special to them.
Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more local community events.
This blog was originally published on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on January 15,2015