Leading American aluminum extrusions manufacturer will contribute materials for Guinness Book of World Record’s longest Pinewood Derby raceway to commemorate 100 year BSA anniversary
Russellville, Ark., (August 24, 2010) — Proud to be American Taber Extrusions LLC, a leading manufacturer of aluminum extrusions often serving the U.S. military and other mission-critical industries, has pledged its support to the Boy Scouts of America’s 100 year anniversary celebration. Through the donation of partially-subsidized aluminum profiles materials, engineers will construct a Pinewood Derby raceway that will be installed at Rio Tinto Stadium (9256 South State St., Sandy, Utah) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 in commemoration of the BSA centennial celebration.
“This track will be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest and fastest ever constructed,” remarked Michael Plowman, Field Director of the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.
In addition to contributions made by Taber Extrusions, the BSA was assisted with the engineering and design of the extruded track by Tom Dickson, founder of Blendtec, longtime supporter and BSA volunteer. Dickson, best known for his “Will it Blend?” Infomercials in which he demonstrates unusual items (such as iPods and cell phones) being pulverized, is an internet sensation and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Today with Meredith Vieira. A recent segment, showing the iPhone being blended into iDust, has received over 8 million hits on You Tube.
The track will be a six lane configuration with lane dividers and guides to hold the cars in place. Taber Extrusions will use their 28” wide horizontal container on a 17 million pound press to produce the 22” wide, 350 foot long track.
Added Bill Wetmore, President of Taber Extrusions: “The Pinewood Derby is a longstanding tradition for Cub Scouts, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to join other private sector companies like Blendtec in celebrating this 100 year milestone.”
To enter the race, an entry fee of $15 per car applies for the Youth Division (under 18), Adult Division, and Open Division. To register in advance, please visit www.utahscouts.org.