Trying to make a specific type of sign

Wow, how did you do that? I did some looking to make sure the font I wanted (it’s not the one post-2006) wasn’t a free font elsewhere, tried the Typophile “font finder” service, no dice. Anyway, using an official logo as a template, I tried to trace it myself, with curves, lines, and the occasional freehand, and really botched it. Do you use a drawing tablet?

No, no tablet just mouse and keyboard.
I like the style for tracing to have a high contrast color, in this case red. Use plenty of guides and the new auto arc tool is nice here as well.