Pinewood Derby - Who handles the cars?
Stan Pope (StanDCmr@AOL.COM)
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 07:22:49 -0400
On the subject of "boys handling their own cars during Pinewood racing,"
Barry C Runnels asks ,"Stan, explain how you guys handle the races and
did you have the same problems we did when we let the boys carry and
race their own cars?"
I've watched a lot af races in my own district and have not seen a boy
damage his car during the racing. But the procedures are different
from what you describe. We provide a table (or two, or three) with wood
strips (taped down) for car display / storage between heats. Each boy puts
his car there after inspection, and retrieves it when he is called to
When his heat is over, he returns the car to the table. Since the table is
near the track and the boy is not holding his car during the "long" wait
between heats, the risk is controlled.
I did watch one district race (a quad-elimination affair in another district)
which about 50 boys carried their cars throughout the 55 minutes that the
races lasted. The group that I watched were Bears. That setup scared me
a bit, but there were no "casulties." In this case, the cars were "racked"
after inspection until the racing began. From then on, the boys kept their
cars with them.
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