Cub Scouts race for glory in Warner Robins

wcrenshaw@macon.comNovember 16, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- The parking lot of McConnell-Talbert Stadium on Saturday became a proving ground for the next “Big Daddy” Don Garlits.

Pint-sized drag racers sped down a hay bale-lined track at speeds that may have topped 5 miles per hour.

They were competing in the Central Georgia Council 2013 Cubmobile Race, and most of the competitors were Cub Scouts in the Robert L. Scott District of the council.

Similar to an old-fashioned soapbox derby, Cubmobile races are held by scouts throughout the country, but the event didn’t come to Warner Robins until last year, said Laura Mixon, the district’s activities chair.

She said a Cub Scout in a military family had just moved here. He had been involved with Cubmobile previously and his mom asked if they could do it here.

It seems to have been popular. About 70 boys registered for last year’s event, competing in teams that included six cars, with the boys taking turns with the cars. This year there were 110 boys and about 30 cars.

“We have cars everywhere,” Mixon said.

Each den builds a car according to guidelines, although some were borrowed and modified.

Alex Rice, 9, of Warner Robins, drove the car for his den.

“I like riding down the ramp,” he said.

The racers start on short wooden ramp to get a good jump-start, then coast down a slight slope. The steering is controlled with ropes.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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