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Lens on History: Racing down Pill Hill

October 24, 2018 GMT

The annual Cub Scout Pushmobile Derby was an event not to be missed. More than 55 boys — ages 8, 9, and 10 — signed up to race in cars designed and built by themselves with the help of their fathers.

On Sept. 25, 1955, more than 3,000 spectators lined Fourth Street Southwest, between Eighth and Fourth avenues, to watch as 48 Cub Scouts took to the race track.

At times, the event rivaled stock car races for thrills and spills. During time trials, one racer rolled over and couldn’t compete. During the race, a pushmobile hit a parked car.

The final heat of the day saw Jerry Bundy of Pack 25 edge out James Corfits of Pack 89 for the win and a new Schwinn bicycle. Corfits received a $25 savings bond and Steve Roessler of Pack 83 was awarded a rod and reel as a consolation prize.

Mayor Claude McQuillan awarded theater tickets and soda pop to all the participants.