Pinewood Derby Memory – New Track Record

Three years ago, after using your web site, downloads, etc., my son Jackson and I were able to slap together a car for him. The night before the race during the final prep, Jackson broke the wood trying to get the axle in. But we got it done.

Since it was my first year as a Pinewood Dad, another Dad invited me over to the local “Guru’s” house to weigh the cars. Well immediately upon arrival, they pointed to Jackson’s car, and said, laughing hysterically, “That’s his car?”

Fast forward to race night. Jackson’s first race. “New Track Record”

Funny thing: the Guru had told me the night before the only thing his son had never done was set a Track Record.

In the end, Jackson won the Pack race, and got to go on to the district race to represent our Pack.

Michael Oneal

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 9, Issue 11

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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – May 19, 2016

Coffin – Ken Temple

This is last year’s winning car in our Awana Grand Prix, open division at Maranatha Baptist Church. It is an old style pine casket. It has narrowed wheels, holes in the side walls to lighten them, and I was able to successfully use your wheel balancer, along with all the other speed tricks I learned from your book. All weights were hidden under the lining at the head end. It looked like a pillow. The end of the casket reads, “Ashes To Ashes, Eat My Dust”.

International Harvester Crew Cab – Joe Bilyeu

This is an International Harvester crew cab tractor hauler, the tractor is an Ertl International. The truck weighs 4.9 ounces and is legal to race. Everyone who sees it just loves it. The bed is a piece of stainless steel; the tractor is attached to the stainless with fishing line and a couple of drilled holes, I added a little extra weight under the bed.

Vintage Cars – John Braun

My two sons and I built these three cars about 20 years ago. So our Pinewood Derby days are well in the past. While cleaning up in my pole barn, I ran across the cars. One of them had lost a wheel along the way, so I ordered a set from you. I’m amazed at the technology available for these cars today!

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 9, Issue 11

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Pinewood Derby in Bolivia

I purchased seven dozen of your basic car kits to take to Bolivia. My children and grandchildren were going to be at a camp in Marana, Bolivia in January. My son-in-law was the camp director. This is the first pinewood derby in Bolivia that we are aware of.

Here are a few pictures of the event. The basic shapes were cut here in the states; the boys decorated and painted the cars as a craft, and raced them at the end of the week. There were 150 boys at this camp. The boy in the red shirt is Alexis Claure, who was the winner of the race. There were funny looks at the car kits in my checked baggage as we came through customs in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

John Van Lester


From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 9, Issue 11

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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – May 6, 2016

Dune Buggy – Scott Wheeler

The Cubs in my Pack always like to give me ideas for the next year’s “Pace Car” and this was one they gave. It was made after an actual dune buggy that a Cub’s father had in his garage. I used a wire clothes hanger and a derby kit to create the car. It ran very fast but was a little tail heavy.

Dragonfire – Richard House

This was our first Pinewood Derby car ever. The car body, accessories, and press-on decals were easy, but the car was pretty fast too, having the 5th fastest combined times in our competitive Pack and won 1st in the Tigers race. The engine/muffler on the back was originally designed as underside weights, but worked nicely to place COG toward the back at 1 1/2 inches from the rear axle. We learned a lot of things to make our next car even better and faster.

Remote Chance – Dick Roussin

This year my grandson Dylan and I decided to sacrifice a little speed for creativity. We found an old DirecTV remote control which was exactly the right width and attached it to the official BSA block. Aerodynamics and center of gravity weren’t ideal, but the car placed first in Den and first overall (~50 cars). This was our fourth consecutive year winning the overall title. As in all of the past years, we used Maximum Velocity Max-V-Lube and tungsten cylinders to good advantage.

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 9, Issue 10

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