Pinewood Derby Memory – Thanks!

With my son earning his Arrow of Light and moving up to Boy Scouts last year, I didn’t think I would be involved with another pinewood derby. But with continued communication and visits to the Pack meetings I have volunteered to assist with this year’s derby by giving a seminar on speed tips and conducting a car cutting workshop. Last night we had the workshop (delayed by snow and work for 2 weeks) but there were still about 20 boys and parents who needed assistance (and tools) to design, drill axle holes and cut their cars with my drill press and bandsaw. Much advice on axle prep and painting and finishing was given as well.

Somewhere during all this fun and confusion I had helped a new Tiger Cub to design and cut his pinewood derby car. The look of awe on his face as the bandsaw sliced off the excess wood and he saw his dream start to become reality was priceless. As I moved on to the next boy, the Tiger Cub ran to his mother with a smile from ear to ear, clutching his car. Several minutes later, I felt a tug on my shirt and looked down to receive a big THANKS and huge hug from this little Tiger for the help he received. It really made my night and reminded me why I volunteer; to help the boys have fun!!

Frank Hannabass

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 3, Issue 14
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