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3rd Annual Pinewood Derby at CPW

For the third year in a row the Pinewood Derby came to Cerebral Palsy of Westchester on April 17, 2015 courtesy of the Mid-Westchester Elks and Boy Scouts of America. This was the first year the Girl Scouts Troop 1902 participated in the race. The Boy and Girl Scouts built their cars which were fast and furious equipped to race the day of the event.  The cars were decorated over the past month and were ready to race them down the official Pinewood Derby Track. There were many races and the kids were jumping in excitement waiting to hear the official winner. The top three winners were chosen, and everyone was eager to receive their metals.

After the Girl and Boy Scouts finished their races, Jay Singer hosted the last challenge. Girls against boys. The official winners from the Girl Scouts must race the official winner of the Boy Scouts. The race was best out of three but since the Girls put up such a good challenge it turned into best out of five with the Boy Scouts winning. Everyone was excited by the end of the races and some jumped for joy when grabbing their trophy!


The first Pinewood Derby® was held in 1953. It was the brainchild of Cubmaster Donald Murphy. The derby, publicized in Boys' Life in October 1954, was an instant and enduring hit. The magazine offered plans for the track and car, which featured "four wheels, four nails, and three blocks of wood."


The rules of the very first race stated: "The Derby is run in heats - two to four cars starting by gravity from a standstill on a track and run down a ramp to a finish line unaided. The track is an inclined ramp with wood strips down the center to guide the cars." The cars still roll that way today.


About Cerebral Palsy of Westchester:

Our Organization’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities.  We are a non-profit organization that provides essential educational services, vocational training, recreation, rehabilitation and advocacy to thousands of children and adults in Westchester County. 


For more information about Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, visit our web site at


For more information please contact:

Joan Colangelo

Director of Development

Cerebral Palsy of Westchester

(914) 937-3800 ext. 215

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