Flying down 10th Street in Bridgeport, Charles Walker steadied his dragon soap-box car enough to get to the finish line first in the opening race.
“It was wobbling a lot,” Walker said. “It was fun, but kind of scary, too.”
Walker and 10 other Cub Scouts from Pack 194 took part in the first soap-box derby at Harwood Park Saturday.
“They are having a ball,” said Cubmaster Corey Lane in between races. “So far we haven’t had anyone hurt.”
There were a few crashes beginning with the first race as one of the cars collided with a hay bale. A couple of heats later two of the cars crashed together.
For the first-time event, Lane said the derby went well. He hopes to see it grow into an annual event.
“We want to invite other packs,” he said. “You can’t have enough racers.”
For the first derby, the pack built four cars – a shark, tiger, dragon and space shuttle. Each driver took a turn racing each cart.
Lane said the derby taught the young cubs valuable lessons.
“They learned skills in building the cars and about sportsmanship,” Lane said.
But its primary purpose was fun, which Ashlee Wilson said her two sons, Joseph and Ethan, were having plenty of.
“It’s fun to see what they’ve made and to see them actually drive it,” Wilson said. “They’ve been excited about it. It’s all they’ve talked about.”