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First ‘Adult Pinewood Derby’ To Be Held On Belle Isle

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DETROIT (CBS Detroit) - There won’t only be Indy cars racing on Belle Isle this spring.

Organizers announced on Tuesday that Michigan’s first adult pinewood derby will be held on the island few days before the Detroit Grand Prix.

Teams will take an actual pinewood derby kit still used today by the Boy Scouts and build their race cars.

Gary Gilger, Chief Development Officer, Michigan Crossroads Council said funds raised by the event will benefit the Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Pinewood Derby.

“Since 1953, millions of Cub Scouts and their families have participated in pinewood derby races. The Pinewood Derby is now a premier annual event of the Cub Scouts. Over 50 million kids and their parents have built and participated in pinewood derby races,” said Gilger. “We are excited about this partnership with Fifth Third Bank and the ability to bring this tradition to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix week celebration.”

The Fifth Third Corporate Pinewood Grand Prix will be held May 28 from 1-6 p.m., making it the first official event to kick off Grand Prix Week in Detroit.

For more information and to register for the race, visit www.michiganscouting.org.

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