Colorful Personalized ‘Cars’ Race In Annual Pinewood Derby

Published: Mar 07, 2022 07:35 AM

Red, blue, green, gold, orange — a wide array colors — and flames, a lightning bolt, stripes, even a McDonald’s French fry box made wooden cars painted to personal taste by Boy Scouts (and their parents) unique and cool rides for the big race during Newtown Cub Scout Pack 270’s Annual Pinewood Derby February 26 at Newtown Congregational Church.

Each of these miniature vehicles had their moment speeding down the track as Webelos parent Jonathan White did the honors releasing the cars at the top of a sharp course drop during several heats while the boys and their parents watched from the spectator area. John Oldi, Pack 270 council chairman and parent of a Bear Scout, made announcements.

Fastest Single Run and Fastest Average recognition both went to Cruise Reilly, and the Fastest Sponsor award was earned by SBK Landscaping. The Pinewood Derby was sponsored by Town Line Auto Body, NJK Automotive, and SBK Landscaping.

Here are the race winners broken down by rank:

Lions: First Place – James Camacho; Second Place – Hunter Tiedemann; Third Place – Bennett Newman; Best Design – Joey Whalen.

Tigers: First Place – Aiden Whiteley; Second Place – Billy Harrington; Third Place – Eli Houston; Best Design – Sebastien Ouimet.

wolves: First Place – Carter Nakano; Second Place – Ryder Tiedemann; Third Place – Oliver Schrameck; Best Design – Dominic Giordano.

bears: First Place – Cruise Reilly; Second Place – Fiore Oldi; Third Place – James Mayhew; Best Design – Tristan Shpak (Bear).

weblos: First Place – Cole Salce; Second Place – Silas Houston; Third Place – Logan Yagud; Best Design – Cole Salce.

Arrow Of Light: First Place – Jack Boxberger; Second Place – Elliot Linnetz; Third Place – Leo Dominguez; Best Design – Matt Belisari.

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Scouts Leo Dominguez, left, and Jack Boxberger watch cars approach the finish line at the Cub Scout Pack 270 Annual Pinewood Derby, held at Newtown Congregational Church on February 26. —Bee Photos, Hutchison

Jonathan White starts a race heat at the Boy Scout Pack 270 Annual Pinewood Derby, at Newtown Congregational Church, on February 26.

Erika Sandy, mom of a Scout Pack 270 Lion, organizes cars for the races.

Scout dads Jonathan White, left, and Ron Poidomani communicate with scout dad and Pack 270 Council Chairman John Oldi, right, during the Pinewood Derby.

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