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Rotary hopes to carve scholarships from Pinewood Derby nostalgia

The logo that Charles Kyler designed for Sunday's adults-only version of the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby says it all: "Same track. Same rules. No kids." Competitors have to be 18 or older to enter the inaugural Ellicott City Pinewood Grand Prix, sponsored by the Ellicott City Rotary Club, but no one's pretending they're anything but kids at heart, says Kyler, a stay-at-home father of two girls. When the custom-designed wooden cars speed down the 32-foot plywood track in multiple heats, racers' adrenaline will be pumping — for a few fleeting seconds, anyway. Some races come down to thousandths of a second. Some of the participants will be reliving their...

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