Not even the heat of Georgia could stop over 150 Atlanta area Cub Scouts from racing their pinewood derby cars.
On Saturday, September 16, Cub Scouts from across Atlanta came to SunTrust Park to compete in the Atlanta Braves Pinewood Derby, an event sponsored by NAPA AutoCare Atlanta and the Atlanta Braves.
Even in the 90-degree weather, the Cub Scouts had a blast watching their racecars zoom down the tracks.
“My favorite part of the derby was seeing my car win my race!” Baron, a Cub Scout from Pack 9161 whose car won a preliminary round, said.
Benjamin, a Cub Scout from Pack 687, was all smiles at the derby. “I had so much fun racing my car! It was awesome,” he added.
While the Cub Scouts were not busy racing their derby cars, they toured the Atlanta Braves’ new state-of-the-art stadium—SunTrust Park—played arcade games, climbed a rock wall, and rode a zipline.
After all 150 competitors raced their cars, two Atlanta Braves players dropped by to meet the Scouts and select the winning cars for the design competition. Relief Pitcher Ian Krol and third baseman Rio Ruiz were greeted with cheers of excitement from the Scouts.
The Braves players, who both competed in pinewood derbies as kids, were amazed at the car designs and impressed by how much work went into each car.
“The highlight of the derby was seeing the kids’ creativity and the effort they put into making their cars. Seeing how much fun they had was really amazing,” third baseman Ruiz said.
The Cub Scouts were all excited to meet and take pictures with the Braves players.
“It was so, so cool talking to real Braves players!” Seth, a Cub Scout from Pack 1417, said.
After the Braves players selected the winning car designs, they moved over to the racetracks and watched the final rounds, cheering on the fastest car of each round. The Cub Scouts who won each round received not only a signed baseball from the Braves, but also recognition at the Braves game that night, in front of 30,000 Atlanta fans.
“My favorite part was not winning but having an awesome time racing my car against other Scouts,” Greyson said.