Fastest and coolest cars in town race on the Yorktown
The Etiwan Cup East Cooper Championship Pinewood Derby crowned the fastest and coolest cars in town on Saturday on April 13 aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant. Cub Scout finalists from East Cooper Packs gathered to show off the cars they designed and race to see who had the fastest car East of the Cooper. The top four race finalists and top two design finalists from each Pack automatically advanced to the District Etiwan Cup races.
Tommy Baker, owner and president of Baker Motor Company in Charleston and Mount Pleasant and Baker Buick GMC Cadillac in Charleston, announced that the company was honored to present the derby. Baker Motor Company vice president Bill Gironda awarded the finalists in each competition.
In the weeks and months prior to the race, each Scout purchased a $5 kit which included a block of wood, four nails (which served as axles), and four official Boy Scouts of America official wheels. The scouts cut, shaped, decorated and added weight to their cars while adhering to car and track rules and regulations, including that each car must weigh less than five ounces.
As the Scouts were checking their cars in Etiwan Cup race director Steve Slack commented, “This is going to be a really fast race, the caliber of entrants this year is like no other.” He was correct.
Three finalists trophies were presented to those with the “Fastest Pinewood Derby Cars East of the Cooper.” Seth Myers from Cub Scout Pack 505 in Park West won first place with his car “Fast Flash,” which clocked an average mph of 171.9. Racers from Pack 505 also took home the Fastest Pack award as their averaged times were faster than that of any other Pack. Mo Meares traveled down from Pawley’s Island and Pack 323 to take second place with his car “Skittles 4” and D.J. Brown of Pack 502 in Mount Pleasant took third place with his car “DJ’s Falcon.”
The finalists of the “Coolest Pinewood Derby Cars East of the Cooper” proved themselves in the design portion of the Etiwan Cup. Sawyer Thompson of Christ our King’s Cub Scout Pack 470 took first place with his car “Flying Fish” which contained a real, live fish inside. Sawyer did not “race” the fish, he merely displayed it during the design competition and released back to his larger tank that afternoon. Second place went to Patrick Buehler, a Tiger Cub (first grader) in Pack 470 for his USS Yorktown replica car. Third place was awarded to Jacob Garris of Pack 20 for his car fashioned to look like a tank named “Bunker Buster.”
The race committee awarded a judge’s choice award to Keller Wachsmuth of Pack 20 in Mount Pleasant for his replica of The Hunley.
This year’s race included the first ever Akela adult and Scout division, where parents were able to fashion and race their own cars along with the Scouts. Gordon Thompson, Assistant Cubmaster with Pack 470 received first place, Cubmaster Mike Frame of Pack 502 came in second, and Dale Shifflett, Pack Trainer with Pack 470 finished third.
Baker Motor Company vice president, Bill Gironda, awarded all of the winners for each competition. Gironda added, “The Scouts, their families and all of the Scoutmasters and Cubmasters had a wonderful time. It was great to see how excited the Scouts were. It was a beautiful day, and it is such an honor for Baker Motor Company to be part of this very special event for the children and parents in our community.”