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Knotty Pine toy car races at the Bigfoot Lodge bar

Former Cub and Boy Scouts might fondly recall days and nights learning to use a lathe while making a pinewood derby car.

the rules for the Knotty Pine derby
the rules for the Knotty Pine derby
Image courtesy of Bigfoot Lodge
KNotty Pine Derby ad
KNotty Pine Derby ad
Image courtesy of Bigfoot Lodge

Relive those geeky glory days on the last Tuesday of every month at the Bigfoot Lodge when both the Los Feliz and Westside venues set up the familiar slotted track on the bar for Knotty Pine car racing (first heat at 9pm).

Kits must be purchased first, but they contain everything you'll need: a block of wood, four plastic wheels and four nails. It's not clear if there are communal power tools or paint to craft your car or if you're supposed to take the kit home and bring back a slicked champion (hint: dust the wheel axles with graphite).

Nor is there mention of prizes, but Jameson Irish Whiskey on the rocks is $5 all night, because nothing goes together better than Scouting, toy racing, power tools, and whiskey.

It could be a tragic waste of bar space or a wonderful way to compare merit badges. If the Lodge moves up to soap box derby, we're in trouble.

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