9 a.m., March 27)
Scouts take part in annual Kub Kar Rally and Truck Rodeo
Kar Rally Coolest Design winner Justin Ellacott-Smith (left) is joined by Fiona
Thompson (centre) winner of the Most Original Design Award and Jackson Millenor
winner of the Best Paint Job Award during the Odawa District Kub Kar Rally and
Truck Rodeo held at the Orléans United Church on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
than 150 local Scouts and Cubs gathered at the Orléans United Church on Saturday
to take part in the annual Odawa Kub Kar Rally and Truck Rodeo.
Kub Kar Rally and Truck Rodeo brings together Cubs and
Scouts from across the east end and Rockland to compete
for fun and prizes in a variety of different categories
including Most Original Design, Best Paint Job and Most
True To Life Design.
Kars are the exclusive domain of Cubs, while the older Scouts race 18-wheel tractor
trailers. Both types of vehicles are made from standard kits, although the Truck
Rodeo also has a custom division.
are height, length and weight restrictions for both the Kub Kars and the trucks,
which race three at a time along a 28-foot track using only gravity for propulsion.
Scouts and Cubs who competed in Saturdays Odawa District Kub Kar Rally and
Truck Rodeo are the best of the best having qualified through competitions at
the Group and Pack level.
times was the charm for Sam Lessard from 1st Greenwood. After failing to finish
in the top three last year, the 13-year-old Scout came through to win the stock
division with his X-Box inspired truck in his third and final year at the rodeo.
In 2009, he placed third.
George from 2nd Gloucester was crowned Grand Champion in the custom truck division
after beating out 16 other competitors. The 12-year-old youngster used sticks
from his backyard to make a log truck inspired design.
he started to build the truck, George was more interested in design than speed,
which is why he was pleasantly surprised when he won.
kind of did, but kind of didn't," said George when asked if he thought he
had a shot at the title before the competition began. "I was more interested
in the design."
spot in the Most Creative Standard Truck category went to Katie Kerrivan from
1st Greenwood, who borrowed one of her brother's black Converse All-Star running
shoes for her truck.
was relativelty okay about it," said Karrivan when asked how her older brother
felt about her using his shoe. "He said I could use it, but I couldn't paint
on it, put tape on it or glue it."
Original Design Award at this years Kub Kar Rally went to Fiona Thompson
from 1st Rockland, while the Coolest Design Award went to Justin Ellacott-Smith
from 14th Gloucester.
Piquette from 4th Orleans was very nearly a double award winner. After winning
the Judge's Favourite Design Award, she placed second in the race for Grand Champion
to Amanda Gorely from 8th Orleans.
other categories Jackson Millenor from 4th Orleans won the award for best Best
Paint Job; Heather Smith from 8th Orleans won the Most Detailed Design Award;
Aaron Kortekaas from 1st Orleans won the Most True to Life Award; Tanner Lavigne
from 1st Clarence won the Most Brilliant Use of Colour Award; and Colin Henfrey
from 4th Orleans received the Youth Choice Award.
organizer and Odawa District Scout Program Coordinator Fred Hyde said the level
of creativity and originality continues to improve from year to year, especially
in the Truck Rodeo.
The level of creativity just keeps getting better and better, said
Hyde during a break in the competition. A couple of years ago most of the
Scouts would simply put their old Kub Kar on the back of a truck. Now theyre
really putting a lot of thought into it.
by the level of creativity that went into many of this years designs, theres
no telling where future Scouts will let their imaginations take them as they continue
to turn their original ideas into souped up trucks.
Lessard (right) from 1st Clarence was the Grand Champion in the stock design category
at this year's Scout Truck Rodeo, while David George (right) from 2nd Gloucester
won the custom truck division and Katie Kerrivan from 1st Greenwood won the Most
Creative Design Award. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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