Optimist Club hosts inaugural Pinewood Derby

Shawna O'Neill, TC Media
Optimist Club hosts inaugural Pinewood Derby
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CORNWALL, Ontario – The first, local Little Rascals Pinewood Derby, hosted by the Optimist Club of Cornwall, saw almost 40 racers on Saturday, Sept. 22.  

“The president of the club wanted us to come up with new events…so I decided to gear one directly at the kids,” said Rick Dore, the race organizer and Optimist Club member. “I’ve done this since I was a child. So I decided to put this on…and it turned out to be a real big success.”

Each racer paid $10 to compete. The overall winner of the event was Logan Summers, with Brooke MacGillivary and Bentley Rottier placing second and third in the ‘A’ division, and Mikayla Summers and Quincy Houle placing second and third in the ‘B’ division.

The Optimist Club built the track this year, but next year they plan to invest in a proper track.

“We want to extend it, make it bigger and make a full day event out of it,” said Dore, looking forward to future events.

Participants had two opportunities to make their cars at the wood shop of Jody Archambault, an Optimist Club member. Paint, supplies and wood squares were provided to make the miniature racers.

“I hope you see next year that it grows bigger…I’m very happy with it,” said Dore.

All money raised will be donated back to the Optimist Club to fund future events for the community. 

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