Pinewood Derby Memory – Outlaw Race is a Winner

At last year’s derby we had so many families hanging out after the race having a good time that we thought next year we’d add an “Outlaw Race” open to anyone. The only rules were that the car had to fit on the track, not damage it, and not interfere with any other racer.

We had a great turnout with all kinds of outlaw cars. We had brother racing sister, parents vs. kids, grandparents vs. grandkids, and Cubmaster vs. everyone! Everyone was very pleased with all the competition and are anxiously waiting for next year’s race.

I entered my car, the 10 ounce “Dragonator”. The car beat other cars that weighed 2 pounds or more!! And after all the years of helping my own son build cars, this was the first time we’d won anything. Needless to say my boy was a bit jealous of my Outlaw trophy which is proudly displayed in my game room.

For next year’s Outlaw race the gauntlet has been laid down and challenges made from all.

Thanks for putting on a great site with good information.

Rick Wold
Pack 457, Covina, CA

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 9, Issue 1

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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – August 20, 2015

Speed Racer – Mike McBride


I have dozens of cars, some built for speed some just to look at. This car was designed after the Speed Racer Mach 5. It has not been raced yet. It is wider than BSA specs, but will be raced in a modified class that we do with our church’s men’s group every year.

Winged Rail – Rick Ellis

This car raced in our church’s 2009 Awana Grand Prix. It got the award for best workmanship and finished fourth for speed in the Open Division. It weighed exactly 5.00 ounces on the entry scale and has three wheelson the ground. This was my second derby. I took first in the Open Division last year and second overall. I don’t mind finishing fourth as I helped build the other three cars.

Commodore Outlaw – Bill Klingler


This car is radio controlled, and will cover the track in a bit over a second. I can run it fast or slow. I can also throw it into reverse and back it up the track. It’s great fun to stop it on the track, wait for a gravity car to pass, and then do a burn-out and pass the other car.

The electronics are from the Losi Mini-T RC car. The motor is an upgraded one over the one that comes with the Mini-T, and the drivetrain is built from slot car parts. It uses a 7.2V Nickel Metal hydride battery. The body is from a car kit.

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Pinewood Derby Memory – Peter’s Car

Back in 2001, I was a Tiger Cub Den Leader. When the day of our Pinewood Derby arrived, all of the boys brought their cars to the inspection. You could tell that parental help was involved, but you could also tell that the boys had a hand in building the cars.

The exception was Peter. You could tell that Peter’s parents probably offered little help. The block was an unsanded, rough cut wedge with a coat of gold spray paint. When we inspected Peter’s car, it was way under weight. Peter went to the pit area, borrowed some duct tape and taped coins on his car until it weighed exactly 5 ounces. What a sight: rough cut, unsanded, with a clump of duct-taped coins on top. But to our great surprise, that car took 2nd Place and earned Peter a spot in the district competition. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a boy more excited at a Pinewood Derby.

Gary Holewinski, Scoutmaster, Troop 38
Erie Shores Council, Toledo, Ohio

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 8, Issue 15

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