Re: Pinewood Derby
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Mon, 8 Mar 1993 09:35:57 CST
On Mon, 8 Mar 1993 08:57:10 EDT Foley, Mary Lee said:
>On Mon, 8 Mar 1993 07:11:28 CST David Anderson said:
>> ... Also, has
>>anybody out there had experience building or using a track that electronically
>>indicated the first three finishers in the race?
>Three??? Our district, (in fact, I think all districts in our council)
>runs only two cars at a time, although we use 3-lane tracks and each
>heat is in a different pair of lanes. We run double eliminations.
>How does the rest of the country do it?
The best tracks I have used are four lanes. We ran heats of four with the
first and second place cars advancing.
As for electronic timing, there is a place in Inver Grove Heights MN that
advertises in Scouting magazine (and possible Boys Life). When I was in
the Twin Cities, we used their kit and it worked fine. However, I prefer
to bring in a couple of state troopers in uniform to be the judges. I don't
recall ever having an arguement when we did this!!
As for specifications, they are available from your local council office. The
biggest concerns are width and height of the guide tracks.
BTW, we NEVER allowed a public test run on the track. It was always installed
and checked before anyone else was allowed into the area. That meant we
usually did our setup in the afternoon--as soon as the school buses left. By
the time the first Cub arrived it looked like a minature version of the
Indianapolis 500 with flags and pennants everywhere.
Hope everyone has fun! --sleezer
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City