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Etiwan Pinewood Derby Champions

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

Etiwan Cup Pinewood Derby Cars at the starting gate. PROVIDED

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Area Cub and Boy Scouts gathered aboard the USS Yorktown to compete in the Etiwan Cup, a district-level Championship Pinewood Derby, on Saturday March 22. Finalists from each Cub Scout Pack East of the Cooper as well as a few Boy Scouts and adults gathered and competed at Patriots Point Maritime Museum to determine the fastest and coolest cars East of the Cooper.

Zach Prokopemk's car “Panther” of Pack 502 took first place as the fastest car by racing down the track in a mere 2.52 seconds. Graham Eller and his car “Silver Bullet” of Pack 11 took second (2.5) and Edward Jones of Pack 505 took third with his car “Awesome TarHeelRacer.”

The winners of the “Coolest Cars East of the Cooper” included Charlie Rice of Pack 59 with his first place “Minecraft” design, Heath Soho of Pack 505 came in second with his car titled “Du Det Du Det Du Det” and Coline Murray of Pack 470 finished third with his car “Minion BEE-DO-BEE-DO!”

The Etiwan Cup continued a tradition as an adult division was offered to those “Akelas” wishing to build their own car and participate. Although referred to as the “Dad Derby,” the division was open to any Scout, sibling, relative or Scouting volunteer wishing to participate. “These cars are really testing our track,” commented Kenny Brinkman, the Scouting and Flight Academy Coordinator for the USS Yorktown and Patriots Point, as the Dad Derby cars were loaded into the starting gate. In the Dad Derby, weight limits were increased to one pound as opposed to the customary five ounces and a few of the competitors took the opportunity to add weight. Dale Shifflett, Pack Trainer with Pack 470 moved up from his third place finish in 2013 to capture first place this year with his car “Freezer Burn,” which was so heavily weighted on the back end it popped a wheelie whilst traveling down the track. David Fry was the runner up.

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