BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Amid the bent sheet metal and spare parts in the Gerry Lane Collision Center, auto body technicians are rushing to finish their regular work for a special project. They're building a race car. A Pinewood Derby race car.
Technician Michael Drewry remembers when he was a scout. "My granddad helped with mine." he said, as he inspected the work his pit crew partner Terrell Martin was doing. He and Martin are part of a two man team carving a race car from a balsa wood kit to enter in Baton Rouge's first ever Corporate Pinewood Derby. Drewry said the project brings him back to his childhood, a time when anything was possible.
"I love to do custom stuff." said Drewry. "You don't have any limits on it. It's your own expression. You can do what you want with it."
The derby is the brainchild of Scout Executive Gary Mertz. He also remembers his childhood days building derby cars. "My dad helped with mine." he said. "In reality, my dad probably did 80 percent of the car. We're going to give dads who have helped kids do these cars to come out and race."
Businesses or individual dads can purchase a car kit from the Boy Scouts and enter the corporate derby. Each car raises money to send kids to Boy Scout Camp.
For Drewry, it is about the design as much as the race. He and Martin have big plans for their derby car: spoilers, fender flares, candlestick manifold, and a custom paint job.
?It is also about paying homage to a time when anything was possible. Even piloting a race car across the finish line.
The Corporate Pinewood Derby runs April 21. You can enter by calling the Istrouma Area Boy Scout Council at (225)926-2697. You can also enter through the Boy Scout website: www.iac-bsa.org