No. 2 in Pinewood Derby

Mr. B.’s car tied for second out of sixty-one cars this afternoon in his Cub Scout pack’s annual Pinewood Derby race. Much better than last year when he came in dead last, sixty-sixth out of sixty-six cars–essentially because of a sticky wheel. Better even than his Tiger year when his car came in third out of sixty. We think part of what did it this year was having an optimal, wedge shape, using the same wheels and axles from the third-place car, and arranging it so this year’s car had only three wheels touching the track. What cost him first apparently was the weight distribution on the car. Too much in front of the rear axle. No trophies this year, but he got a ribbon.

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