GarageLove: The New Generation of Racer
“You can look at a Pinewood Derby Race in a variety of ways. You can make your project look cool, you can make it look like your favorite car or you can make it fast. Which do you want to do?”
“I want to win.”
According to the Boy Scouts of America, since the inaugural race in 1953, over 100 million young people have received that block of wood, four plastic wheels and four shiny nails to serve as axles. The goal is to build the car and race it on a sloped track with just the force of gravity for power. Considering that the best selling full-size car in the world, the Toyota Corolla, has sold less than half that amount of units, the Pinewood Derby car fills an important role in the automotive landscape.
There are plenty of teachable moments in life—play fair, play well and be respectful of others are some of my favorites as a dad. The Cub Scouts have packaged many of these moments into a pretty solid program that helps parents and kids bond together. My son joined this past year and we’re hooked.