Cottage Grove

Speed thrills: It’s Pinewood Derby weekend in the Grove

First Pinewood Derby, 1953.

One of the most exciting and enduring traditions in Cub Scouting is the Pinewood Derby. The Cubs and their parents work together to build a racecar out of a 7-inch-long block of wood (pine, of course) and 4 plastic wheels held on by nails.

The Derby got its start in Manhattan Beach, Calif., by a father trying to help his son get over a major disappointment. Don Murphy’s 10-year-old son had his heart set on building a car and racing in the soap box . . .