Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – March 28, 2014

The Dark Menace – Mark Shipley

This first-time car was built by Brennan Shipley and his Dad, and won second place in our pack races and qualified to participate in the District races on April 2014.
1950 Studebaker Champion – Andy Holzer

Ever since Noah’s 2nd year as a Cub Scout (way back in 2007) he wanted to make Fozzie Bear’s Studebaker Commander that was featured in ‘The Muppet Movie’. He really wanted to make the version that the Electric Mayhem re-painted to camouflage it from Doc Hopper. Now that he is 15 he realizes the difficulty of trying to paint a car to look like the original. But he still wanted to make a Studebaker. So the decision was made to build a Studebaker, Champion.
Noah races with the adults from his old pack; the Studebaker came in 6th place in that race. The next week, I completed my car and raced it against Noah’s car – the Studebaker was faster. I had signed up to race in the Fund Racer race with the Cub Scout Pack Noah is a den chief for. We decided to race the Studebaker instead of my Nomad. The Studebaker came in 4th in the FundRacer race.

1956 Chevrolet Nomad – Andy Holzer

The car I built for 2014 is a Chevy Nomad wagon. In the beginning, when I was thinking about building a Chevy wagon, I was not sure if I wanted to build a 210 Handyman Special version, a Sedan Delivery, or a Nomad. All I knew is it would be a two-door wagon. After looking at some pictures of the wagons and speaking with my neighbor, it was decided to go with the Nomad. The arched rear glass, the tilted door posts, and the additional chrome, the Nomad was a hot rod two-door wagon. It is still one of my favorite cars. I will have to work on the rear alignment to see if I can get it faster!
The Spirit of ’53 – Lee Klinghoffer

I named this year’s entry “The Spirit of ’53”. It’s a jazzed-up replica and tribute to Don Murphy’s original car design for the first Pinewood Derby in 1953. That year, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 was Bill ‘Vukie’ Vukovich. This car bears his nickname just behind the driver cockpit.
From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 13
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