Scouts prepare derby cars for traditional race

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Assistant Scoutmaster Brandon Lakey from Cub Scout Pack 76 drills a hole in a scout's derby car, made out of pinewood, so that weights can be added to make it go faster in the scouts' traditional pinewood derby racing event Saturday. Johnny Baker, left, looks at his car, while Charlie Stoller, right, watches Lakey and parent Jason Bouyear stands by. The scouts start with a plain block of pinewood, cut out a design, sand it down, paint it, add wheels and weights, then race the cars. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Assistant Scoutmaster Brandon Lakey from Cub Scout Pack 76 drills a hole in a scout's derby car, made out of pinewood, so that weights can be added to make it go faster in the scouts' traditional pinewood derby racing event Saturday.

Scout Johnny Baker from Cub Scout Pack 76 helps Scoutmaster Mike Driskill Monday night with a derby car by adding weights, preparing for the traditional pine derby car racing event Saturday. Assistant Scoutmaster Brandon Lakey, bottom left, and parent Jason Bouyear also worked on the cars to get them at just the right weight for racing. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Cub Scout Pack 76 Scoutmaster Mike Driskill, left, Assistant Scoutmaster Brandon Lakey, middle, and parent Jason Bouyear discuss where they should put weights on a scouts' derby car to make it go the fastest. The cars, which are made of pinewood, are personally designed and painted by scouts, then raced in an annual derby car race. To make them efficient for racing, the cars must be as close to five ounces as possible, so holes are drilled into strategic places on the cars, then small weights added. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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