Cub Scouts participate in Pinewood Derby

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

There was widespread deja-vu for a group of Cub Scouts and their parents Saturday afternoon in Sanford.

In the Pinewood Derby contest for the local Three Rivers District — which mainly includes scouting units in Lee and Chatham counties — the top three finishers were all from Cub Scout Pack 911 in Siler City, with all three coming in the same place they came in at their unit’s earlier derby.

“It’s cool. It’s very cool,” said winner Harrison Fogleman, 11, cradling his trophy while his dad showed off the victorious car. The car itself had a streamlined body with a small Red Bull helmet attached — as if the imaginary driver was sponsored by the energy drink company that sponsors many professional racing teams — but Fogleman said the secret to winning isn’t in aerodynamics or even corporate deals, but rather in how a car builder distributes weights on the bottom of the car while staying under the weight limit.

“It’s all about the weights,” he said.

Although the winners’ podium was swept by Cub Scouts from Pack 911, dozens of Cub Scouts — the elementary school version of the Boy Scouts of America — from the district participated. As siblings ran around and parents and grandparents watched the action with eager anticipation, the first-through-fifth-grade boys put their cars up against their peers’ for glory Saturday morning and afternoon at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Sanford.

With classic designs as well as creative ones like a toe, an astronaut, a set of fanged jaws, a root beer bottle, a pickup truck, a battleship and — as an homage to scouting’s annual major fundraiser — a car covered in popcorn, the boys battled through the double-elimination tournament for hours, replenishing their energy with nachos and hot dogs sold in the church gym.

“He loves it,” said April Barrow, just before cheering on her second grader Jonah Barrow, who ended up on the losing side of a close heat. “His dad cut it, but he did all the sanding, he painted it, did all the work to make it go faster with the weights and design.”

There were two contests to reward the boys who designed a cool car, if not necessarily a fast one: Best in Show and Most Original.

The Pinewood Derby winners were:

1st place — Harrison Fogleman, Pack 911

2nd place —Cole Vickery, Pack 911

3rd place — David Stechler, Pack 911

The winners for Best in Show were:

1st place — Chase McGinty, Pack 900

2nd place — Devin Yeagley, Pack 713

3rd place — J.C. Simpson, Pack 941

The winners for Most Original were:

1st place — Brenan Canipe, Pack 924

2nd place — Brandon Turner, Pack 93

3rd place — Cody Spohn, Pack 911