Vintage toy car table lamps or the Pinewood Derby. If you were a Cub Scout or if your brother was a Cub Scout then you know exactly what I’m talking about. One of the most celebrated events of the year for a Cub Scout. And sometimes for the competitive parent as well. In fact, there is a lengthy wikipedia dedicated to just the Pinewood Derby. 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 the Pinewood 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 never won that prize these vintage toy car table lamps might be the next best thing.
Vintage Toy Car Table lamps
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 Cubmaster 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 smaller and 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 as a celebrated rite of spring by Reader’s Digest. Drivers start your engines. Or in this case, start your switches.