The first Pinewood Derby, founded by Scoutmaster Donald Murphy, was held in Manhattan Beach, California in 1953. Since then, more than one million Cub Scouts have participated in the event.
Last year, Michael Olsey, a Scout from Harrison, NY, took home the Championship Cup in the Pro Stock Division with a time of 2.97 seconds. Gregory Merkel, a Scout from Commack, NY, won the Stock Car Division with a time of 3.02 seconds. Olsey is expected to return this year to defend his title.