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 The Boy Scouts of America, 1910-2010 
Cub Scouting's Pinewood Derby  


 race officials racing heats lined up
California Cub Scout leader Don Murphy organized the first Pinewood Derby on May 15, 1953. Cub Scouts race gravity-powered miniature cars they build from kits, emulating the well known Soap Box Derby in which youth-built cars are driven on outdoor tracks. This Pinewood Derby track was used by Pack 48 of Lincoln for many years, as shown in the photographs, until it was retired in 2008. Pinewood Derby is a registered trademark of the Boy Scouts of America.
Source: Track and photographs loaned by Pack 48, Holmes Elementary School, Lincoln.
Pinewood Derby cars loaned by Cornhusker Council, Boy Scouts of America

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kit instructionsderby car kit



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