mebetree wrote:There are a few scouts/parents that simply can't get the wheels and axles straight every year and they refuse to accept help. But then their kid is embarrassed on race night because the car stops 5 feet from the finish. We started leaving out a section of track the last two years to make it more likely that everyone finishes.
We try to fix that during the inspection process. We check ground clearance and spin the wheels. If it's obvious there are issues (paint on the wheels, axles inserted too tight) then we have a great pit crew that does repairs on the spot. We add graphite if the car is "naked" (no lubrication at all) as well. There are some cars that end up being slower than others, but that's life. But everybody has a car that crosses the finish line.
I'm the cubmaster for our pack this year (two years running now). I have run derby workshops for the last four years. My boys make their own cars, and they get to do as much work as they want to do. When they lose interest, work on their cars stops. I use the time to work on my own cars instead.
My cars have been faster than their cars every year, which is my subtle way of trying to show the pack that the boys did the work on their cars, not me. But then again, our designs are always unique enough that there's no way anyone would claim we bought the cars.
It's a real shame that accusations have been made; to me it says that the spirit of the derby is lost on the parents, both the ones doing the accusing as well as those who may have been cheating.