Archive for Thursday, February 1, 2001

On the fast track to glory

February 1, 2001

Nottingham International Raceway hosted 42 Cubs Scouts for the 2001 Pinewood Derby Saturday morning.

Racing down the 32-foot span, Cubs competed by den (grade level) with the top two racers advancing to the championship round.

The Brothers family cleaned up with twins Adrian and Tristan placing first and second, respectively, in the championship round and father John taking first in the open class.

Rick Palmer lets a pair of cars go down the ramp at the Pinewood
Derby Saturday morning at Nottingham Elementary.

Rick Palmer lets a pair of cars go down the ramp at the Pinewood Derby Saturday morning at Nottingham Elementary.

"I beat everyone except I didn't beat Adrian," Tristan said of his green fire racer. "My award was beautiful."

Adrian said he was very excited to win and that both of his parents helped. Adrian's dragster was dark blue with a dragon decal.

Nine-year-old Ryan Heskett says a quick prayer as he watches his
car race down the track Saturday at the Pinewood Derby.

Nine-year-old Ryan Heskett says a quick prayer as he watches his car race down the track Saturday at the Pinewood Derby.

As with most of the Scouts, the twins chose the design and Dad cut it out with the bandsaw.

The boys' mother, Mary Fairburn, prepped the wheels, spending two hours on each wheel and axle, even polishing graphite into the outside of the wheels.

"We mainly looked on the Internet for tips and used the ones that made sense," Mary said. "The secret is a combination of a bundle of little factors, but it's got to be on weight and the wheels have to be straight. Tristan's car was a little taller, so maybe it wasn't as aerodynamic."

Third-place winner Mike White enjoyed his first Pinewood Derby race.

"It was really cool and fun. My Dad (Bob White) and I spent maybe 7 to 10 hours on that car," the fourth-grader said.

2001 Pinewood Derby results

Tigers (1st grade)

1stJared Ireland

2ndLucas Becker

3rdKevin Robinson

A red light at the finish line helps judges get a clear view of the
winner. Many of the races are won and lost in a split second.

A red light at the finish line helps judges get a clear view of the winner. Many of the races are won and lost in a split second.

Best designKevin Robinson

Best finishLucas Becker

Wolves (2nd grade)

1stAdrian Brothers

2ndTristan Brothers

3rdNathan Gentleman

Best designJosh Bakarich

Best finishAlexander Sisson

Bears (3rd grade)

1stJohn Chumbley

2ndJonathan Morrison

3rdThomas McLees

Best designCasey Boone

Best finishJohn Chumbley

Webelos I (4th grade)

1stMike White

2ndBryan Kindle

3rdJacob Wesley

Best designEthan Becker

Best finishMax Campbell

Webelos II (5th grade)

1stChris Robinson

2ndNick Tillman

3rdDavid Lewis

Best designNick Tillman

Best finishChris Robinson

Championship round

1stAdrian Brothers

2ndTristan Brothers

3rdMike White

Open class

1stJohn Brothers

2ndMax Campbell

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