Race car table lamp or the Pinewood Derby. If you were a Cub Scout or if your brother was a Cub Scout then you know what I’m talking about. It’s one of the most celebrated events of the year for the Cub Scouts. Sometimes for the competitive parents too. In fact, there is a lengthy wikipedia dedicated to just the Pinewood Derby. Carving a block of wood, getting just the right weight for quick acceleration down the track to win the grand prize. Every Cub Scout’s dream is to win the coveted prize of the Pinewood Derby. If you didn’t get first place then you wanted best looking race car. Paint, decals and whatever else you could find to decorate the infamous pinewood derby car. If you’re car failed weigh in then the tools came out and the wood came off. But if you never won that prize this car table lamp is the next best thing.
Race Car Table lamp
The Pinewood Derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts that is held across the country every Spring. With the help of parents, the Scout builds his own car from a kit that contains a block of pine wood, plastic wheels and metal axles. The first pinewood derby was held in Manhattan Beach, California, back in 1953. It was sponsored by Cub Master Don Murphy of Pack 280C. Murphy’s son was too young to participate in the popular Soap Box Derby so he came up with the idea of racing miniature wood cars. It also didn’t hurt that the cars were smaller and easier to build. The Pinewood Derby became a sensation in it’s first year and quickly spread across the nation. The year 2003 marked the 50th anniversary and in 2006 it was named America’s 100 Best as a celebrated rite of spring by Reader’s Digest. Drivers start your engines. Or in this case, start your switches.