Pinewood Derby

Raising Hell

Unless you are or have been a Boy Scout, you might be unfamiliar with the workings of a pinewood derby. It goes like this: everybody gets a block of pinewood with two notches for wheels, four plastic wheels, and four nails. After assemblage and decoration, you zip the little car down a sloping track and see whose flies like a bat out of hell. Appropriate then that today’s derby is being run by local ladies’ car club Hell’s Belles (not to be confused with the local all-female AC/DC tribute band). Belles founder Mary Mack, who originated her hot-rod posse in San Francisco, has organized the event to benefit Broadview Women’s Shelter. To register to receive your derby kit and compete, visit the Belles at Or bring your own (pinewood) car to the derby with $15 to participate; onlookers and supporters can chip in the donation can. Thrown in conjunction with Cretins MC, the derby takes place at their clubhouse. Speedmop and The Shut-Ins will provide the tunes, while the expected cruise-in of classic cars and motorcycles will provide the vroom.

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