The fourth annual regional Cub Scouts Pinewood derby race hosted by Brookdale Buick GMC drew about 800 people to the store, many to watch 160 Cub Scout participants and their custom made cars.
“You couldn’t walk through the service drive all day,” said Accessories Manager and event organizer Chris Johnson. The dealership venue added a level of excitement to the event, he explained. Used cars were cleared out for parking and scout groups sold concessions to raise funds.
Johnson pulled his group of “celebrity judges,” salespeople and managers, to help determine winners. Electronic timers with screens tracked car times to the thousandth of a second during the all day event.
The store gave away a number of remote controlled Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro cars to scout winners. Boy Scouts helped park cars and parents had time to view vehicles on the showfloor. “It was kids and Chevrolet, and their parents, getting them into the store and doing something for the community,” Johnson said.
The idea to host the event began when a scout representative was looking for a car-oriented location and approached the store. Johnson said the desire was to move it out of the church basements. The next stop for racing finalists is the Northern Star Council event held in the rotunda at Mall of America in Bloomington.