HUDSON — Local families filled the rear parking lot of the Hudson Police Station on Saturday to watch their child’s car race in the police department’s first Pinewood Derby.
Twenty-four cars competed in the free event, which was sponsored by the Hudson Police Benevolent Association.
The race was open to all area youths. After registering for the event, participants built their own race car, from a kit that was provided for them.
Families began arriving around 2 p.m., to sign in and have their car weighed. Participating cars were required to weigh 5 ounces or less. After the track was assembled, the cars were sent down for a test run. Some of the race cars needed minor adjustments before the competition began.
The racing started at 3 p.m. Two cars would race at a time. The participants would be selected at random by the judges. The winners of each race would move on to the next level until a winner would be determined. Participants were divided into two categories, age 7 and under and age 8 and up.
Following the races, families and participants were treated to a free barbecue and ice cream.
Twelve trophies were awarded on Saturday.
In the 7-and-under category, first place went to Tobin Rowell; second place, Piper Pelizza; and third place, Abren Rowell.
In the 8-and-over category, the first place winner was Anthony Pelizza; second place, Lucas Bishop; and third place, Logan Hoffman.
Other trophies awarded went to:
n Maddox Atwell for Best Workmanship
n Lincoln Miller for Funniest
n Jacob McGee for Most Unusual
n William Gladwin for Judges Favorite
n Kelson Eddington for Most Creative
n Logan Hoffman for Best in Show
The first Pinewood Derby was held on May 15, 1953 at the Scout House in Manhattan Beach, California, by Cub Scout Pack 280C. The concept was created by the Pack’s Cubmaster Don Murphy.
Murphy’s son was too young to participate in the Soap Box Derby races, so he came up with the idea of racing miniature wooden cars. The cars had the same gravity-powered concept as the Soap Box Derby cars, but were much smaller and easier to build, according to the Boy Scouts.
Police are planning to hold the event again next year, said Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore.