Shyam Das, 8, of El Dorado Hills, shouts for joy as his car, clocked at 195 mile per hour, wins the Bears Division race at Pack 645's Pinewood Derby at Lake Forest Elementary School on Saturday. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

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It’s go time

By From page A1 | January 16, 2013

Pack 645 Cub Scouts revved their engines at the pack’s Pinewood Derby Saturday.

OK, no engines allowed but more than 40 Scouts in first through fifth grade competed, cheering on their handmade cars as they zipped down the track during “Muscle Car Madness” at Lake Forest Elementary School.

The event was especially exciting for Austin Norris, 7, who built his first pinewood derby car with his dad, David Norris. It took two days to build car No. 124, nicknamed “Schmo” by the Lake Forest first-grader. He chose gold and green paint and a space shuttle engine — what could be faster?

“I’m excited,” Austin said a few days before the race.

His goal? “Win a trophy.”

He achieved that, taking fourth place in his age group.

The Pinewood Derby was also exciting for Austin’s mom, Nina Norris. The den mother organized the event and had to make sure each car met specific criteria — weight, length, etc. Once the cars received the green light for eligibility it was on to the race, where David Norris served as emcee.

Overall, first-grader Tyler Sunseri took first place, followed by fourth-grader James Francisco. They will move on to competition against other packs. Carson Jamieson and Matthew Medina came in third and fourth, respectively.

Age group winners were:

Tiger (first grade)

  1. Tyler Sunseri
  2. Trevor Dosh
  3. Jaden Jones
  4. Austin Norris
Wolf (second grade)
  1.  Matthew Medina
  2. Conner Hoover
  3. Cooper Shield
Bear (third grade)
  1. Shyam Das
  2. Gabriel Duran
  3. Kyle Burns
  4. Jonathan Shedd
Webelos 1 (fourth grade)
  1. James Francisco
  2. Brandon Dymont
  3. Joshua Medina
  4. Ayden Wilkin
Webelos 2
  1. Carson Jamieson
  2. Ethan Taylor
  3. Kevin Benevides
  4. Bodie Miller

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