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Fallbrook's Great Race is the Cub Pack 738 Pinewood Derby

FALLBROOK – On March 20, 25 Cub Scouts from the Webelos, Wolves, Bears, and Tigers dens competed in the annual Pack 738 Pinewood Derby for the honor to represent the Pack and race against other Pack winners at the Boy Scouts of America finals at Qualcomm Stadium.

Supporting Cub Master Tom Gillcrist and his assistants were 11 Fallbrook Vintage Car Club (FVCC) members who certified car weights, and served as race starter and finish line judges. This is the fifth year the FVCC members have supported the Pinewood Derby.

The 60’s wooden track has been used annually for 50 years and is still functional with upgrades made over the years. This piece of history is stored under the stage at St. Peters Church where the Derby has been run for many years.

The Cubs’ first chore was to have their cars weighed and certified to be no more than five oz. by Glen and Louise Patterson. Overweight cars were sent back to the “pits” for modifications and reweighed. The Cubs design, fabricate and paint their cars from a pinewood block and which is how the name, “Pinewood Derby” was coined.

Each heat required the Cubs to race on all three lanes. The fastest average of the three races determined the winner of that heat. The winners of each Den then raced together to determine the fastest car in the pack

Five dads and nine siblings also raced their cars. All non-winners received “I did my best” ribbons.

The winners for the fastest car award are:

Third Place – Wolf Scout Jason Dionne

Second Place – Tiger Scout Jayden Murray

First Place – Tiger Scout Adam Bretsch

FVCC Best of Show award – Bear Scout Nicholas Adams


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