Cub scouts hold Pinewood Derby

May 19, 2014 

From left, Kason Bender, Adam Coker, Cullen Tiffany, Michael Landgren and Blake Beasley with their cars.

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Cub Scout Troops 714 and 776 came together recently to hold their Pinewood Derby.

The winners were Cullen Tiffany, first place; Adam Coker, second place; Michael Landgren, third place; Blake Beasley, fourth place; and Kason Bender, fifth place.

Cullen said said he was stunned when he took first place with his rendition of the Ferrari P4. He explained the aerodynamics of his car and added, “It took Ferrari 30 years to design this car. It took me 30 days to build mine.”

At 11 years old, Adam was the oldest scout competing. He took second place in what was his last Pinewood Derby before moving up to Boy Scouting. He took three days to build his car and was proud to say he did it all himself.

Among the spectators were members of Boy Scout Troop 714. Scoutmaster Mike Wagstaff was feeling nostalgic. “I still have my old car,” he said. “I think most guys do.”

Nick Bunn is a Boy Scout working toward his Eagle Award. “I didn’t know it would be so suspenseful,” he said of the race.

The youngest and newest scout in attendance had only been in the troop for three weeks. Caleb Artibani enjoyed making a car and using spray paint for the first time. “My dad helped me,” he said. “It was really fun.”

Both troops are sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Smithfield.

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