Defending champion Tanner Kauffman, 8, of Jacobus hold his pinewood car named Black Lighting on Jan. 25. Kauffman won last year according to his father
Defending champion Tanner Kauffman, 8, of Jacobus hold his pinewood car named Black Lighting on Jan. 25. Kauffman won last year according to his father Mark Kauffman. (Sonya Paclob — Weekly Record)

The Pinewood Derby is one of the biggest events for Cub Scouts according to Bryan Miller, who's son participated at this years Cub Scout Pack 69 Pinewood Derby at the Goodwill Fire Company in Jacobus.

The derby, which took place Jan. 25, had at least 37 cars that were built by scouts from the first through fifth grades.

On the day of the race, one race track was set up by volunteers in front of the room. Metal foldable chairs were lined inches away from the track. Some scouts choose to sit in the chairs while others sat on the floor to be closer to the action. Family and friends had their cameras ready and cheered as the cars raced down the tacks.

According to the Cub Scout Pack 69 news release, the scouts must use an official kit and use all the materials. The kit contains a pinewood block, four nails and four wheels. The car must have all the pieces and not be longer than seven inches. Cars can not by weigh more than five ounces.

All of the cars were unique in color and size.

Rick Garner of Spring Garden Township helped his grandchildren Kyle, 10, and Ryan Bealer, 7 build a car to look like a 1948 Chevy Pick-Up and an Army tank.

All of the Cub Scouts has some help building a car with a family member. According to Cubmaster David Grove, the activity is to have families spend time with each other. "Parents and kids lose a lot of bonding time now in the electronics age," he said.

Cub Scout Alex Wagonheim, 11, built his car with his mother and father. "It is special to me," he said when it came to building his last car as a Cub Scout. Wagonheim will become a Boy Scout this year.