Vintage Toy Car Lamp

Vintage toy car lamp or the Pinewood Derby. If you were a Cub Scout or if your brother was a Cub Scout, then you know the Derby. It’s one of the most anticipated events of the year for a Cub Scout. Sometimes for the competitive parents as well. In fact, there’s even a wikipedia dedicated to just the Pinewood Derby. So it must be a big deal. Carving that block of wood, getting just the right weight for high acceleration down the track to win the grand prize. Every Cub’s dream was to win the coveted prize of first place in the Derby. And if you couldn’t get first place then you wanted best looking race car. Paint, decals and whatever else you could find to adorn the infamous pinewood derby car. And if you’re car failed weigh in then the drill came out and wood came off. But if you weren’t ever able to win the prize then this vintage toy car lamp might be the next best thing.

Vintage Toy Car Lamp

The Pinewood Derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts that is held across the country in the Spring of each year. 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 1953 in Manhattan Beach, California. 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. Plus the cars were much smaller and therefore, easier to build. The Pinewood Derby became a sensation in it’s first year and quickly spread across the nation. 2003 marked the 50th anniversary and in 2006 it was named America’s 100 Best by Reader’s Digest as a celebrated rite of Spring. Drivers start your engines. Or in this case, turn your switches.

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Vintage Toy Car Lamp
Ode to the Pinewood Derby



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