"I hate to rain on your nostalgia parade, but my first pinewood derby car would've blown the wheels off of yours. It's sittin' right there any time you're ready...#8-)"
We just bought a new track and "laser" (quotation fingers) timer. We plan to finance it by having a parent Pinewood Derby immediately after the Cub Scout's race their cars. It is like serving up raw meat to Wolves (no pun intended).
We had a parents race as well--good way to reduce the "help" that the fathers gave the sons in building cars. When it was over and with no advanced planning, the boy with the fastest car challanged the father with the fastest car--and beat the socks of him! You might give it some thought, especially if you keep track of the timer scores and know that the boy can win.
Our new track (last year) is 4 lane aluminum with a computer scoring system. We add a camera and LCD projector to show the action and the scoring. We also have a separate camera and projector for a phot finish. Yup, we go all out. Able to borrow most of the cool electronics from work.
Asst. Den Leader Webelo I
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