Pinewood Derby Classic in Downtown Phoenix

For for the first time I participated in the Pinewood Derby Classic held at Short Leash Hot Dogs in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.  The event was a real hoot, with some beautiful cars and lots of fun people.

Not knowing how picky the inspection would be, I entered a standard wheelbase Formula One (our logo car), and was very pleased to finish in 2nd place behind an extended wheelbase beauty (the owner of which had won the previous year).  My car managed to defeat several extended wheelbase cars, and eventually only lost by an inch in the final race.

I already have a new design in mind for next year.

I’ll post a more complete overview of the race at a later date.

Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – April 20, 2018

All Revved Up: Ryan Newman

I made this car for a scout competition in 2000. It was just the plain wedge design. This year I found a blower from a 1957 Chevy “Muscle Machines” model car. I put that on the back, got some accessories from the local hobby shop, a front bumper off of an old toy truck, and finished the car. This car was made for ‘Best of Show’ only; it is too low to run on a regulation track.)

Bill Elliott’s #94: J. Gravely

This is a picture of Bill Elliott’s championship Ford Thunderbird. My son Kyle posted 1st Place in our pack last year with this car. The car is from a BSA kit, and meets all of our rules for height, weight, width, etc. The design was copied from a model car. The ‘mirror image’ is the top of the box in which the model car was packaged.

Google Eyes: Todd Hoyle

My son Dalton wanted a car that looked like a snake, and this is what we came up with. The paint scheme was Champagne Gold over Silver, with a Candy Green top coat. It went from “awesome” to cute in about two seconds with the attachment of “Google” eyes! All the kids said it looked like Randall from “Monsters, Inc.”

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 3, Issue 4
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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – April 12, 2018

Cube Car: Greg Hayes

Here is our car from last year. Tungsten cubes add weight on the back/sides, and the front “bumper” is a soldering iron tip (we needed a front to the car to trigger the finishing system). The Wheelbase length is stock, but we moved the wheels back further on the car to help with rear weighting. The car took first in the pack (out of approx 45), and 5th in district (out of approx 50).

Battery Car: Timothy Davis

This car was entered in an Awana race in 1998. It took 1st Place for speed and 3rd Place for design. The battery not only serves as a weight, but it also powers a “beeper”. A mercury switch causes the beeper to turn on when the car is on the angled starting section. It then turns off when the car is flat. The toggle switch is used to disable the beeper when the starting line officials get really annoyed with the sound! It’s pretty loud.

Of course, these days I don’t recommend using mercury in a car – live and learn.

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 3, Issue 3
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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – April 5, 2018

Chroma Lusion: Cody Baugher

My dad painted this car with a Dupont automotive paint called Chroma Lusion. It changes color from green to purple to blue. The paint costs $625.18 per quart! No he didn’t buy it just for this car – he had to paint a Corvette with this color. The car body only weighed 0.9 oz. So we had to use tungsten weight because we didn’t have much room to put the weight. The car was not fast enough to win, but it got a nice trophy for the best design so it was worth all the time we spent on the car.

Ryan Newman #12: Mike Parish

My daughter Stefany and I built this replica of Ryan Newman’s #12 NASCAR for our spring Awana Grand Prix race in March. She won 1st Place for speed and 2nd Place for design. She also ran in the State Grand Prix race in April, and brought home 4th Place for speed and 1st Place for design.

We had a lot of fun building this car, as we got to spend some quality and fun time together in the workshop.

Silver Shark: Alan & Kyle Fetters

This is a picture of my son’s District winning pinewood car. We have been building pinewood cars for eight years and usually do very well at the Pack level. But this car helped us break the District barrier.

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 3, Issue 2
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