Pinewood Derby still fast, fun


Wiesbaden Cub Scout Pack 13 Den Chief prepares to release a heat of pinewood derby cars during the annual Pinewood Derby Race at the Tony Bass Multi-Use Center on Clay Kaserne, Jan. 30. Four racers from the event will move on to the Barbarossa District Pinewood Derby Races at Ramstein Mall, March 5.

Wiesbaden Cub Scout Pack 13 Den Chief prepares to release a heat of pinewood derby cars during the annual Pinewood Derby Race at the Tony Bass Multi-Use Center on Clay Kaserne, Jan. 30. Four racers from the event will move on to the Barbarossa District Pinewood Derby Races at Ramstein Mall, March 5.

Wiesbaden’s Cub Scout Pack 13 recently came together to the take part in the timed honored tradition of the Pinewood Derby at the Tony Bass Center on Clay Kaserne, Jan. 30.

A day before the checker flag dropped, more than 40 Cub Scouts registered their pinewood cars and competed for specialized design awards.

“I can tell you when I was a Cub Scout my car never looked as great as these,” said Allen Ashton, derby judge from VFW Post 27, the chartering organization for Pack 13. Ashton said every pinewood racer was recognized in various categories.


Participating in a pinewood derby teaches Scouts craft skills, the rules of fairs play and good sportsmanship according to the Boy Scouts of America website. Each Scout designs and constructs his own car to a specific size and weight, using only the materials provided in an official car kit, which includes a block of pinewood, four plastic wheels and four nails for axels.

On race day the Scouts watched various race heats from the pit stop while friends and families cheered from the stands. In the end, four overall winners are moving on to compete in the upcoming Barbarossa District Pinewood Derby Races at Ramstein Mall, March 5.

The Wildcard Bracket at the Barbarossa District Races is open to all Cub Scouts eager to give their original pinewood racing machine a second chance to perform.

Brendon McCoy, Pack 13 Cubmaster, and head race official recognized the volunteers and organizations for their hard work. “Thanks to all the adult leaders and parents who made the pinewood derby happen,” McCoy said adding a special thanks to the VFW and the Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club who donated funds for a new derby timing gate for the track.

For more information on Cub Scouting in Wiesbaden, visit the Pack 13 Facebook page.

(Editor’s note: Bill Heiges, assistant Cubmaster and Arrow of Light Den Leader in Pack 13 contributed to this article).