History of the Pinewood Derby and the Cars

The Boy Scouts of America has been around since the early 1900’s. During this time, the leader has spent quite a bit of time with fun and educational programs and activities. Scouts learn about many topics that are educational. One of the most famous programs that scouts participate in annually is the Pinewood Derby.

The Pinewood Derby is a competition held among the scouts that has them race homemade miniature cars made of wood, on a downhill track. The scouts are all asked to make the cars, paint them and even adjust the cars to make them as fast as possible. It is a fun and competitive project that pits scouts against one another in the spirit of fair play and competition.

The first edition of the Pinewood Derby was held in May 1953 in Manhattan Beach, California. The local pack came up with the idea to help teach the kids about science and physics, while applied to small cars which they made themselves. Over the years, the event has grown into a national event that all scout packs can participate.

To learn more about the evolution of the Pinewood Derby, and the homemade cars, we have gathers several resource pages for you to review. We hope this information has given you a better understanding of the work that goes in to the running of the Pinewood Derby.