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14000 Lakeside Circle, Space 2000 Sterling Heights, MI 48313
  • Another part of this problem is usually each area only has one track for the local packs to use
  • It really is interesting if you have never been to a model vehicle store
  • I think they made sure all the kids had at least a certificate for something so even those who finished at the end of the group received something and didn’t go home with out an award

    • by michelle eckman
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      Every year the Cub Scout troops have Pine Wood Derby races. What that means is boys make little cars out of a small block of wood then each troop has to rent a track, have somewhere big enough to set it up and someone from the outside the troop to run the races. Another part of this problem is usually each area only has one track for the local packs to use. Each pack has to hope the track is available when the pack can get together for a meeting.

      This past year my son’s pack did something very different. Our Cub-master found a place at one of the area mall called “American Hot Rod Racer“. By going to this store at the mall we were able to alleviate the problem of actually finding


      a day we could have our pack’s races and renting a track that would work with various schedules and track availability. We scheduled with the store the night of our big Pack meeting which everyone already had the day available. It was great!

      So the night we went for our Pine Wood Derby races when we walk into the store all you see is display after display and shelves full of model car, motorcycle and boat bodies; engines, remotes and spare parts. It really is interesting if you have never been to a model vehicle store. I never knew what went into some of those remote control cars, boats and helicopters.

      On the far side of the store is a permanent track set up for remote control car racing and the wall behind it has a really neat looking mural of people in stands to cheer the races on.

      In the back half of the store is a permanent Pine Wood Derby track. They also had raised level seating for people to use so even the kids could see over each other and adults with out any problem. Above the track was a flat screen television which had pictures taken during other Pine Wood Derby parties. It was very neat way of advertising some of the events they have had there.

      Because of regulations with Boy Scouts all the cars were already with the Cub-master, and they had already been photographed and entered into the computers. As each child checked in to register a photo taken along with making sure it was matched with their car. The kids were then issued a drivers license for “American ...


      • American Hot Rod Racer
      Hot Rod Racer” with their name and picture for future use. They also used the pictures during each heat. As each heat started they would show who was in it and their car. Then as each race was placed the TV would show who placed where, it was really neat.

      After all the heats were done the times were calculated and the winners were given not only the usual trophies, but certificates and medals from the store. I think they made sure all the kids had at least a certificate for something so even those who finished at the end of the group received something and didn’t go home with out an award.

      We were able to bring in pizza and pop, or they would have supplied it we had asked for an extra charge. It worked well because we

      had the proceeds from the pizza go back to our troop and to help pay for the night. From what I was told by going to “American Hot Rod Racer” we saved about $150 because we didn’t have to rent the track and pay someone to run the races, we just had to pay per car that was raced.

      The kids all had a blast and we didn’t have any clean up or worry about when everyone was out. We had so much fun my Girl Scout troops went and made their own cars and raced for a chance to come back and race against other Girl Scouts. Now because the kids have their cars, and they have their drivers license they can go back when ever they want and race again and again.

      The kids keep trying to get me to go every other week.




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