Pinewood Derby racers to compete at mall

VIENNA, W.Va. — The 41st annual Davis Anderson Memorial Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Allohak Council Championships will be Saturday at the Grand Central Mall.

The derby will begin at 10 a.m. with nearly 600 Cub Scouts racing homemade cars on five tracks in the mall throughout the day, with the council finals at 5 p.m. at Center Court.

At noon at Center Court, the Mayors and area Dignitaries/Celebrities Race will be held. Registration is at 11:45 a.m. The Vienna Police Department will be at the mall to give out “speeding tickets” to some of the racers, said derby chairperson Kathy Anderson Wise.

Pinewood Derby racing requires participants to learn the crafts necessary to make the individuals cars, the PWD rules that must be followed in the car making, the racing process and, most important, sportsmanship, Wise said. This has to do with how the Scout acts and behaves while participating in the derby.

The event is not just about winning, but also how to be a good winner and loser and more importantly, about having fun, said Wise.

“The purpose of the Pinewood Derby is to help the Cub Scout build a team relationship with their parent or helper, experience the sense of accomplishment, learn new skills, the excitement of competition, learn Win/Lose good sportsmanship, and to have fun,” she said.

The model cars are made of wood to specified dimensions, created, carved, assembled, and decorated by Cub Scouts under the guidance of the parents or helpers. All scouts are required to build a new car each year. On race day, the cars will be weighed, measured and inspected to confirm that the race rules have been followed.

“The idea for the race is to give the boys an opportunity to experience good friendly competition and track good sportsmanship. Boys will come away from here with a sense of satisfaction that ‘I may not have won, but I had a good time participating,'” said Wise.

The Allohak Council serves 17 counties in West Virginia and Ohio. For more information, go online to