Scouts from Pack 27 use technology to make fast pinewood derby cars

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The Scoutmasters are prepping and testing the track!  We're at Gernon Brown Gym for the annual Pinewood Derby of scouts of Pack 27 of Hynes Charter School, and they're ready.  Every car was built by the guys (with a little help from dad), but every scout has a reason why his car will win.

Scout 1. "We put a lot of weight on it, and at 5 ounces, it's the limit."

Scout 2. "It has fins on it that would make it aerodynamic."

Scout 3. "And the wheels are on good."

Wheels are certainly important, but the Pack 27 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts even have to design for speed.

Scout 1. "I think my car's gonna win because it's fast and it's very light."

Scout 2. "It's super skinny."

Scout 3. "It's probably gonna be one of he heaviest cars out here, so good luck to me!"

The Cub Master, Rodney Ziegler, is also a dad and he says the process of preparing the cars is quite rewarding.

"To take him to where he gets his ideas on paper, and to tweak it as we go along, to watch him concentrate and focus on that car while he's sanding, especially, is a real joy and a real treat," according to Ziegler.

In case you're wondering, these high-speed races happen on a custom track, with digital timing and computer software.

Ziegler says, "That's right. The cub scouts have moved into the 21st or 22nd century, whichever one we're in. It's high-tech stuff nowadays."

There were winners for style and design, and the overall speed winner was Carson Columbo, but on this day, the real winners were all the scouts that participated.