Jacob Grisham displays his trophies after coming in third place in the recent Pinewood Derby. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 22, 2014 5:54PM
SCHERERVILLE — Team Toyota’s Schererville showroom usually features fast and well-designed cars, but on a recent Saturday, it was the “cow car” that took home a first-place trophy, according to a press release from Cub Scout Pack 512.
The Cub Scout pack held its Pinewood Derby race at the dealership on Feb. 22, marking the second year Team Toyota hosted the annual event, the release said.
General manager Jason Akers and his team provided the location and lunch for a crowd of more than 100 Scouts, parents, siblings and grandparents, the release said.
The Pinewood Derby racetrack spanned the length of the showroom. Scouts gathered around tables of trophies and two dozen carefully crafted pinewood cars, voting for their favorites in several creative categories.
Cub Scouts began their pinewood car projects with a simple kit consisting of only a block of wood, plastic wheels and nails for axles. The time-honored Cub Scout competition teaches woodworking, engineering, creativity and good sportsmanship, according to the release.
The crowd cheered at the finish line for their favorite pinewood cars, as heats throughout the afternoon determined the fastest cars. The fierce competition for the speed trophies came down to a final seven, with some trophies determined by tense photo finishes, according to the release.
Evan Duerst won the first-place speed trophy with his streamlined “Got Milk?”-themed car, challenged by Kevin Barrett’s “XBOX 360” car, which won second place. The third place and “Best Race Car” trophies went to Jacob Grisham’s impressive Pack 512 Racer painted in Scout colors of blue and gold.
Creative category winners included Tommy Price’s “Lego Man” for best cartoon car, and Matthew Krizic’s “Blackhawks” car for best sports theme. The best video game theme trophy winner was Tiger Scout Sam Gorman for his “Minecraft” car, and Team Toyota’s Pick was Tony Paz’s “Minecraft” car, according to the press release.
For more information on Schererville-based Cub Scout Pack 512, visit cubpack512.scoutlander.com.