Colorful race cars, digital time displays, cheering onlookers and gleaming trophies. The scene had all the elements of a high-stakes Formula 1 race, yet the set up was all inside Pequot Library.
The Southport library on Saturday hosted the annual Pinewood Derby staged by Cub Scout Pack 98 from Mill Hill Elementary School. Cub scouts in the first through fifth grades, along with their parents, converged on the library to show off and race their creatively designed wooden racers, which competed on an aluminum track in the auditorium.
Under the derby's rules, could not be more than 5 ounces in weight and all had to submit to a weigh-in. The names of the cars also featured a bit of creativity, including Rainbow Fire, Unnecessary Roughness, Electro and Hog Rider.
Trophies were awarded to all first-graders (Tiger Cubs) and then to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in each of the other grades. A few parents raced their own cars for a trophy and one overall winner also received a special award.
Racing action was timed by computer with results projected onto a screen for attendees and racers alike to see.