The first Pinewood Derby was held on May 15, 1953 at the Scout House in Manhattan Beach, California by Cub Scout
Pack 280C. The concept was created by the Pack's Cubmaster Don Murphy, and sponsored by the Management Club
at North American Aviation. The National Director of Cub Scouting Service, O. W. (Bud) Bennett, wrote Murphy: "We
believe you have an excellent idea, and we are most anxious to make your material available to the Cub Scouts of
America." Within the year, the Boy Scouts of America adopted the Pinewood Derby for use in all Cub Scout packs.
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