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Pinewood Derby

While the exhilaration of the actual race lasts only moments, the Pinewood Derby® experience lasts a lifetime. The benefits, for Cub Scout and adult, are discovered through the derby process itself: strengthening bonds, sharing responsibility, developing teamwork, learning new skills, exercising creativity, building sportsmanship, and making new friends.

Racing in the Pinewood Derby® creates a bond between a Cub Scout and all those who have raced before, as well as those who will follow to participate in this same tradition. Walk up to any Boy Scout - youth or adult; if he participated in a derby, his memories will resemble those of all other participants in the history of the event..


History of the Pinewood Derby

The first Pinewood Derby® was held in 1953 by Cub Scout Pack 280C of Manhattan Beach, California, operated by the North American Aviation Management Club. It was the brainchild of Cubmaster Donald Murphy. The derby, publicized in Boys' Life in October 1954, was an instant and enduring hit. The magazine offered plans for the track and car, which featured "four wheels, four nails, and three blocks of wood."
The rules of the very first race stated: "The Derby is run in heats - two to four cars starting by gravity from a standstill on a track and run down a ramp to a finish line unaided. The track is an inclined ramp with wood strips down the center to guide the cars." The cars still roll that way today.



LUMC Pack Racing
For over 40 years we have been racing at LUMC. From the days of our wood two car track to today's, State of the Art, aluminum quad car track. Official rules can be found Here. Visit the photo galleries and videos using the links below.
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Pinewood Derby 2014 Coming Soon

Pinewood Derby 2013 Photos Here

Pinewood Derby 2012 Photos Here

Pinewood Derby 2009 Photos Here

Past Pinewood Derby Photos Here



Race Videos(Current and Past Races)