Gentlemen, start your ... engines? On June 27, the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America will host the first Pinewood Derby World Championship in the center of Times Square. Scouts construct their motorless cars themselves from wood.

Pinewood Derby competitions are usually held within each regional Boy Scout council; this is the first time the best racers and cars from across the country will compete in a world championship.

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The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The top 16 finalists will compete in the closing race, scheduled for 2 p.m. A separate track will accommodate Scouts who want to participate for fun.

Scouts make their cars using materials from official BSA Pinewood Derby kits, which include one block of pinewood, four nails and four wheels. Race cars must weigh 5 ounces or less, and must not exceed 1.75 inches in width and 7 inches in length.

The Boy Scoutsa annual Pinewood Derby tradition dates back to 1953.

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