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11 of the Most Awesome Pinewood Derby Cars You've Ever Seen
The Pinewood Derby is one of the most exciting events of the year for Cub Scouts across the nation. The boys start with a simple block of wood and an idea. Then it's off to work with an adult to turn the wooden block into the idea.
Donald Murphy, the founder of the Pinewood Derby, said, "I wanted to devise a wholesome, constructive activity that would foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition."
Since 1953, boys and... their parents have been building stronger bonds while they design, cut, sand, paint and weigh their Pinewood Derby car. It's estimated that over 50 million kids have built a Pinewood Derby Car.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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Sleek and Pink
This sleek pink Pinewood Derby car was probably built by the sister of a Cub Scout since pink isn't the most popular color for little boys!
In addition to all sorts of pink race cars, shoes, lipstick tubes, and rainbow cars can be found at Pinewood Derbies.
Many packs have a sibling class so that their brothers and sisters can make and race their own Pinewood Derby cars.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Razor RipStik Car
Described as "a cross between a skateboard and a snowboard," caster boards such as the Razor RipStik are popular, so it's no surprise that someone made a Pinewood Derby car version of one.
You'll find skateboard and snowboard Pinewood Derby cars too.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Galactic Empire Racer
Movies and television shows are often sources of inspiration for Pinewood Derby cars. This Galactic Empire Racer was inspired by Star Wars. R2-D2, light sabers, and other cool Star Wars cars can be found here.
Lightning McQueen, Batman, and Dr. Who cars can be found at many Pinewood Derby events.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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A Cub Scout Hike
Scouting themes are used for many Pinewood Derby cars. This car depicts a Cub Scout pack on a hike.
Cars sporting Boy Scouts of America symbols are popular in many Cub Scout packs.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Back to the Future DeLorean
Remember Doc Brown's DeLorean in Back to the Future? Here's a Pinewood Derby version of the car.
Military tanks, jeeps, humvees, and even aircraft carriers can be Pinewood Derby cars.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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This cool car looks like it might be used to play your favorite Wii game. Just make sure you remove the strap before you race the "Wii Derby" car.
Some of the other video games that have inspired Pinewood Derby cars are Angry Birds, Minecraft, Super Mario Bros., and Sonic, the Hedgehog.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Formula One Car
This looks like a Formula One Grand Prix car. That's fitting for a car that will race in the Pinewood Derby.
Nascar designs are also used.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Check out the details on this car! From the driver to the pipes, this car is a winner!Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Stick of Butter
When you've run out of time for building your Pinewood Derby car, just use the entire wooden block to make a stick of butter!
School buses and the Pinewood Derby car kit boxes can be made from the uncut block of wood.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Our gallery of awesome Pinewood Derby cars wouldn't be complete without the ubiquitous iPhone.
Other everyday objects that have been Pinewood Derby cars are bacon, pencils, crayon boxes, watermelon, and guitars.