Girl Scout Grand Prix burns some rubber

John Ferris Robben The Greenwich Girl Scouts taking part the first Grand Prix all recevied special “drivers licenses” for the day and were eager to show them off.

The Greenwich Girl Scouts taking part the first Grand Prix all recevied special “drivers licenses” for the day and were eager to show them off. – John Ferris Robben

There was a lot of intense action this past weekend as cars raced against each other but this wasn’t at Daytona and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was nowhere in sight. It was the first Greenwich Girl Scout Grand Prix.

The event took place on Nov. 15 at Greenwich High School as Girl Scouts, who had spent months designing and building their own race cars, put them to the test in a series of races. The gymnasium at the school was turned into a track and the model race cars sped away, competing against each other. Girl Scouts age five to 15-years-old, encompassing Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Ambassadors and the event was declared a huge success.

“It was a learning experience for all of the girls, from applying the physics of friction and speed to creating sportsmanship, reflected by the excited cheers echoing throughout the races,” Greenwich Girl Scouts spokesman Deborah Bonnell said.

Each age group ran a series of races and awards were handed out to the fastest and most creative cars. Mike Goff, the husband of Girl Scout Leader Cathy Goff and father of a Girl Scout, was credited with bringing the idea forward and coordinating the event with the help of several dedicated parent volunteers. The designs of the cars themselves were a highlight before the race even began as cars were made to look like animals and even like boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

“The cars displayed the hard work and innovative thought required for the making, and the well organized event was a success,” Ms. Bonnell said.

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was at the scene and a slide show of his images will be online Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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