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Pinewood Derby racers have a need for speed

Photo submitted to Times Observer Cub Scout Pack 30 held its Pinewood Derby qualifying races Sunday at Russell United Methodist Church. Pictured are Cub Scouts Benjamin Huff, Clayton Perrin, Eric Steuart, Camryn Branstrom, Logan Farmery, Alex Gray, John Baran, Luke Baxter, Zane Getner, Charlotte Kuhns, Jayce Lawson, Ian Lewis, Logan Lauger, Hunter Shields, Archer Watson, Nicklas Wertz, Marshall Harrington, Benjamin Blauser, Colin Havers, Brenton Myers, Tucker Sanford, Elliot Sterling, Michael Trembly, Wyatt Walters, Lyric Lawson, Brayden Patch, Wyatt Lewis, Mack Eighmey, Riley Lauger, Greyson Ling, Sebastion Lawson, Sarah Blauser, Carsyn Branstrom, Joseph Lutton, Aaden Patch, Zachary Peters, Joshua Pikna, and Leo Westover.

Cub Scouts from all over Warren County have been gathering for Pinewood Derby.

The races are being held at Russell United Methodist Church, with three different qualifiers on Saturday and Pack 30’s races on Sunday.

The cars may weigh no more than five ounces and are powered exclusively by gravity.

They are close to a 1:24 scale and top speeds are estimated based on that scale.

Each car runs six times — once in each lane of the metal track.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Cub Scout Pack 30 Pinewood Derby cars race down the track Sunday at Russell United Methodist Church.

The slowest run is thrown out.

Pack 30’s Joshua Pikna had the fastest car on Sunday.

His total time over five races was just under 16 seconds. At the scale factor, that works out to 192 miles per hour.

The finals will be held this week, as will some other races, according to Chief Cornplanter Council Pinewood Derby Chairman Al Webster. The Girl Scouts will race on Saturday. The fun races between the girls and the boys and the Open Races, in which entrants may run cars that weigh up to 10 ounces, will be run on Sunday.

A couple of local entities get credit for allowing the scouts to use their facilities to build cars.

This year, the Warren County Visitors Bureau housed a variety of woodworking equipment and materials.

Executive Director Dave Sherman said he was impressed by how little impact the work and testing had on the facility. The possibility for noticeable impacts — chiefly noise and sawdust — is high, but the scouts kept the space clean and only worked after hours.

Next year, the scouts will have space at the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #339 in Warren. “They’ve put together a room for us,” Webster said.

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