March 2 2018,  Saugus

It’s Pinewood Derby time!

Saugus Cub Scout Pack 62 holds its annual miniature car race tomorrow – for adults as well as kids

By Mark E. Vogler

The basement of the Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St., will be just like a racetrack tomorrow morning as Saugus Cub Scout Pack 62 holds its Annual Pinewood Derby. Miniature wood cars made by the hands of kids, sometimes with the help of their parents, will be competing for prizes for the fastest and the best-looking.

“It’s been going for at least 35 years,” Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 Scoutmaster John Kane said.

The Pinewood Derby will get underway at 10 a.m. with “an open race” for parents and siblings of the Cub Scouts, according to Kane. “Once that is done and the winners determined, we will start the cubbies races 11 a.m.,” Kane said.

“Each car races at least three times, and the winners advance to the next round until we determine the top three winners. We also judge cars on appearance and have a few categories for prizes yet to be determined. There will be trophies for the top three cars,” he said.

Nick’s Place in Saugus Center will sponsor this year’s Pinewood Derby by donating pizza for the event.

Selectman Jennifer D’Eon, whose son Jake has been active in the derby, said she will be racing a car in the open race this year, along with her husband, Saugus Deputy Fire Chief Tom D’Eon. “Every year my family looks forward to the Pinewood Derby! The adults make very creative cars for the ‘open’ race that begins at 10 a.m.,” Selectman D’Eon said.

“This year my whole family is racing the rest of Pack 62. I named my car E-Racer. It looks like a pink eraser. [Her daughter] Ally’s car, Peter Rabbit, looks like a carrot with a bunny on it … Deputy Fire Chief, aka my husband, is racing a classic wedge car that he painted flames on. He hasn’t shared the name of his car yet!” she said.

The Pinewood Derby has been a major event sponsored by Cub Scout Troops throughout the United States for more than six decades. Then-Cub Scout Pack 280C originated the idea on May 15, 1953, when it held the first Pinewood Derby at the Scout House in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

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