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Gravity powers annual Pinewood Derby racers
Gravity powers annual Pinewood Derby racers

An area car dealership will be handling vehicles on a smaller scale this weekend. 

Smart Motors will host the Annual Mohawk District Pinewood Derby Sunday for the second year in a row. More than 100 Madison-area boy scouts are expected to bring their pinewood creations to the dealership on Odana Road

Kids will learn about a different form of alternative energy -- gravity -- which will power the tiny cars over the 45-foot aluminum track and show how tweaks in aerodynamics or car weight can be the difference between a first place and a sixth place finish.

When not involved in a racing heat, the kids can take "pit stops" to learn about safety topics like why they should wear seat belts, how to escape from a trunk and the devastating effects of a rollover crash. Educational tables are hosted by Dean Care Health Clinic, Safe Kids Madison Area, Boy Scouts of America, Safelight Auto Glass, Dane County Sheriff's Department and the Madison Fire Department.

The Mohawk District Pinewood Derby is open to the public, and also has an open class for adults who want to race their derby cars.

Information including the history and really cool facts about the Boy Scouts of America Pinewood Derby can be found at http://www.pinewoodderby.org/#/one


  • WHAT: Annual Mohawk District Pinewood Derby 
  • WHERE: Smart Motors, 5901 Odana Road, Madison
  • WHEN: Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Races begin at noon
  • COST: Free


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