Pinewood Derby workshop.

Scouts work on Pinewood Derby cars at Steve’s Auto Repair

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

It’s almost race day for area scouts.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire held a Pinewood Derby workshop for Cub Scout Pack 1373 in Dale City and Cub Scout Pack 501 in Woodbridge on Saturday.

During the annual event, kids and their families created pinewood derby cars that will be used in a competition on January 25.

The Pinewood Derby is beginning at 5 p.m. at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 6299 Token Forest Drive in Manassas.

Tools, space needed to make pinewood derby cars

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has been participating with pinewood derbies — through sponsorships and workshops — since 2014.

We believe that the scouting program is a very good program to support in the community. We started by sponsoring pinewood derbies and, over the years, we saw a need for the parents to be able to help their kids build pinewood derby cars. A lot of them live in apartments and townhomes and don’t have the necessary tools. 

“One year, we found out that there was a scout that was not able to participate in the pinewood derby because they lived in an apartment and had no tools. That was one of the things we wanted to change — to give everyone an opportunity to participate,” Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire Owner ST Billingsley said. “As we did a little more research, we realized that was a common occurrence.”

Now that the pinewood derbies allow siblings to participate, it’s really fun to see the family building the cars together, including the girls — whether or not the girls are involved in the scouting program.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.