Mother Road Market Pinewood Derby!
If you've yet to visit Tulsa's first food hall, located on the corner of 11th and Lewis, the time is now! It's not just the home of our very own Decopolis Outpost and over a dozen local eateries, it's also a host to many local events every month.
One such event is the upcoming Pinewood Derby and Classic Car show!
The Pinewood Derby is a classic American and cub scout tradition dating all the way back to 1953 in Manhattan Beach, California where Cub Master Don Murphy set out to create a bonding experience with his son Donn, who was too young to compete in the local soap box Derby at the time.
Don was later quoted in Scouting Magazine saying "I also wanted to devise a wholesome, constructive activity that would foster a closer father-son relationship and promote craftsmanship and good sportsmanship through competition,”
And thus it all began with a 32-foot, two-lane track built by Murphy and the other parents in Pack 280C. The North American Aviation’s Management Club ( Where Murphy worked) supplied all the boys with the materials they needed to build their cars, four plastic wheels, four nails and three blocks of wood .
The first Pinewood Derby race was held May 15, 1953, in Manhattan Beach’s Scout House. In later years the Girl Scouts also embraced this fun tradition, and now it has become a family friendly activity for kids, of all ages, around the world!
Follow this link for a guide to build your own!
The Pinewood Derby will be held on Saturday, September 14th from 10 am to 6 pm at the Mother Road Market and will be a fun filled day for the entire family! So gather all your loved ones together and be sure to join us in continuing this American tradition right here on the mother road in Tulsa , Oklahoma!
Oh, and don't forget there will be a CLASSIC CAR SHOW! as well!