Every year, anxious Boy Scouts prepare for the Pinewood Derby, a competition of engineering and design ingenuity. Starting with a solid block of pinewood and four wheels, the boys and their adult mentors create a derby racer that is hopefully not only quick, but visually attractive and unique.

This year, Rugged Ridge took on the role adult mentor for a special individual. The Jeep accessories supplier is more than familiar with the storied brand and crafted a special wooden racer in the shape of a Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler. Although the meticulously designed racer does not sport wind-tunnel-proven aerodynamics or a streamlined design, the Scrambler scored third in its race, likely benefitting from maximum weight.

True to form, the scale-model CJ-8 Scrambler derby racer is appointed with fender flares, mirrors, roof-mounted off-road lights, tubular steps, a hi-lift jack, a spare-tire carrier, and a jerry can. The components were all molded from the single block of pinewood.

The Scrambler was a Jeep pickup truck built from 1981-1986 and is a predecessor to the Comanche. The CJ-8 was eventually replaced by the YJ Wrangler.

Source: Rugged Ridge