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Two Jakes Going To Districts For Pinewood Derby

Jake Checchio and Jacob Nemcek Credits: Brenda A. Nemcek
Cake auction Credits: Brenda A. Nemcek
Cake auction Credits: Brenda A. Nemcek
Sibling cars Credits: Brenda A. Nemcek


WARREN, NJ - It's tradition. That day in the life of a Cub Scout when he is given a block of wood, four plastic wheels, and paint and told to make a car.
For Warren Pack 182, the kit is given to the Cub and his dad, or grandpa or mom or other guardian. In most cases it's hard to tell who is more excited about the project: the cub who gets to use tools, or the adult who gets to relive childhood by helping to build and race a toy car.
Some of the themed cars included a minion, a pencil, and a Swiss Army knife. In the Derby Cafe, a derby themed silent cake auction raised funds for the Pack.

This years derby was a race where hundredths of a second separated first and fourth place measured by a laser finish line mechanism that feeds into a computer. 
First and second place go on to the districts on March 15, and this year, first and second place went to Jake Checchio and Jake  Nemcek.
For the adults,  the pack held an Outlaw race with a cash prize and less rules. All vehicles had to  clear the center guide strip of the track (3⁄8” H x 13⁄4” W). Vehicles must weight 8oz (1/2 pound) or less and all decorations and attachments must be securely fastened. The winners were: Charles Steen(1st place), Bobby Fippenger (2nd),Ginny FIppenger (3rd) .

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