By Mike Dougherty
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Camden County, New Jersey visited the Voorhees Town Center Sunday for a regional Pine Wood Derby race.
Hundreds of uniquely designed wooden toy cars race down the metal ramp and cross the finish line about 125 feet away.
“The boys get to paint it and put designs on it,” said field director, Nathan Clark. “It’s everything from a simple paint job to recreating the Batmobile. They have to weigh a certain amout of ounces, and they all have to use the same tires and the same basic kit.”
For most, the time building the car is the best part. It’s all about the quality time between father and son.
Ted Sulzner and his son Daniel made a SWAT team racer.
“I put a siren with my dad,” said Daniel. “My dad did the two side doors. Even on the license plate it says Voorhees Police Department, and I thought that might be a little clever.”
Ted is a former Eagle Scout and was more than happy to pass down a family tradition to his son.
“It just really, really brings it to your heart to be able to work on something together with your son,” he said, “and be able to build something together as I and my father did when I was a kid.”
Each car gets four tries, one in each lane, and the best average time wins.