The Perils of Pinewood

In Boy Scouts, Community Involvement, Girl in a Mechanics World, Pinewood Derby by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Guest Post
Margo Schlossberg, Marketing Director
The Perils of Pinewood
Had I heard of the Boy Scout’s Pinewood Derby? Sure, somewhere maybe the brother of a friend growing up or the son of a friend as an adult. Did I know what the Pinewood Derby was? Nope, no clue, something about making cars out of wood?

About two weeks ago two boxes were delivered to Steve’s Auto Repair, the shop where I work as the marketing director. Well, given may be an improper use of the word since I immediately took one of the boxes, determined to make a car. I mean, how hard could it be?

Apparently, there was a lot more to this Pinewood Derby than I had initially thought. For example, weight and tools were involved. Two things that have always spelled trouble for me. I found a template and thought okay, I will tape the template to the block of wood and just saw it. Easy! Well, after making one very distinct saw mark which was more like a scrape then an actual cut into the wood, it was clear that I was not going to cut the entire car, or in fact, any part of the car. I realized that I was going to have to enlist a bit of assistance.

It is now Wednesday and the cars are due by Friday and will be raced on a surprisingly sophisticated track on Saturday. Did someone say laser? There is also some type of weight limit which I am learning about. So, stay tuned for guest post #2 where we will see if my car is a success or a complete debacle. I hope at least I will win some style points…

Fun with Pinewood Derby

In Boy Scouts, Community Involvement, Pinewood Derby by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Pinewood Derby raceOur mechanics love a challenge and building their own race car out of a block of wood and wheels was definitely a challenge. But the challenge did not stop there. Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire challenged their neighbor HomeTowne Auto Repair and Tire to a mostly friendly race.

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Pinewood Derby 2013

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On January 19th we got to sponsor the Pack 1189 Pinewood Derby in Montclair! Held in the Patty Elementary gymnasium, the derby had more than 100 entries! It was great to see all the young mechanics racing the cars they had worked so hard on and cheering on their friends. ST got to start the first race before he and Gabe helped hand out pizza at lunchtime. What a great experience! We look forward to helping out in the future!

A New Generation of Handymen

In Boy Scouts, Community Involvement by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Handyman Activity BadgeAt the end of November we had the pleasure of helping many of the scouts in Webelos Pack 1189 get their handyman activity badge. After closing down the shop we hosted the scouts and their parents for a clinic about basic car maintenance and repair. Scouts were able to do everything from basic light bulb replacement to checking and topping off oil and helping to put on a spare tire. They all know how to check tire pressure and even got a chance to use an air gun to remove lug nuts! It was a lot of fun for us to teach a bit and so long as they don’t let all the air out of their parents’ tires we think we can call it a success!