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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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – March 30, 2018

Ferrari Enzo: John Campbell

I built this car for the Unlimited Class – cars can be no more than 6″ tall, 3 1/4″ wide, 12″ long and weigh more than 2 lbs. The car took 3rd place in show at the District Finals this year. It is built from 3 blocks and is carved using a Dremel tool.

The General Lee: Wally Kauffeldt

I built this model of the General Lee for an Awana race in 1998 for my nephew who is a Dukes of Hazard fan. The car made it to the final run where it was inched out by another car. The car may not have been a winner on the track but it sure was off the track and in the eyes of my nephew

The Larrymobile: Griff & Ian Lewis

The Larrymobile is made from a standard BSA kit, with accessory parts from PineCar. The jet exhaust is a suction cup from an old toy. Decals were made with clear address labels and an ink jet printer. The paint is Testors acrylic, and the clear coat is ‘Future Floor Wax’! My son Ian won ‘Best In Show’ for his efforts, in addition to winning two races. It took us about 3 weeks on and off to build this car. The Dremel tool was a must!

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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – March 23, 2018

Firebird Man: David & Andrew Bolshazy

Although it is difficult to see in the photo, the finish on this car is really nice. Once my son Andrew finished sanding the car, we put on two coats of sealer. Andrew quickly learned that thicker isn’t better when you have to sand it off! Then came 9 coats (Andrews choice) of automotive primer, followed by the color coat. Andrew then put on the decals before I put on a coat of pearl metal flake. This was followed by two coats of clear lacquer.

We used 1/8″ rivet heads for the exhaust pipes. We simply slid the “nail” out of the head and polished it. They looked great with that fluted end.

Andrew then hand waxed the car and put graphite in the wheels and spun them everyday until the race. The car was very fast and took 1st Place in our pack

Mystery Machine: Dan & Chris Bray

My son got involved in scouting a couple of years ago, thanks to Cicel Crist, the scout master for pack 566 out of Fort Stewart, Georgia. It seems that Cicel was in the hospital were my wife worked, he had seen my son at the hospital, and asked my wife if we had ever thought about Chris joining the cub scouts. Chris is a special needs child, so we didn’t know if Chris would be able to follow all the rules that comes with scouting. Cicel said he would be more than welcomed in the Cub Scouts. To make a long story short not only did my son join the scouts, so did myself and my wife!

At the Christmas party ‘Santa Claus’ handed out the pinewood derby car kits. I looked at the box – seeing the picture of the very nice car on the cover – thinking, “Okay, we paint and add the wheels,.” When I looked in the box I asked my wife, “Have you seen this, a block of wood four nails, and four wheels.” I asked Chris what kind of car he wanted. He decided on the Mystery Machine. We did a little research on the Internet and came up with the design – two kits hollowed-out and glued together. That’s where dad’s work stopped. My son cut and painted the car, and then downloaded some pictures off the Internet and glued them on. Not only did his car win 3rd Place in his den, but he also won the ‘Judge’s Favorite Car’ award!

The Patriot: David & David Merek

My son David (11) and I built “THE PATRIOT” this year for his Awana club’s Grand Prix. This was the first time he placed 1st in the design category (there has been some rivalry at home since his brother won 1st in speed)!

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 2, Issue 15
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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – March 16, 2018

Stars and Stripes: Joe and Jonathan Coyne

After going home with nothing last year my son Jonathan went to work. His effort got him a 2nd Place Design trophy and a 3rd Place Race trophy at our church. He went on to the Association Competition and won a 2nd Place Design trophy there also. He is a very happy boy this year.

A neat feature of his paint scheme is that it can all be done with spray cans and masking. Our rules do not allow using any decals except for the ones that are provided in the kit. After sanding and sealing the wood the entire car was spray painted white. Next the white stripes and blue field were masked off and the red paint was sprayed. Then the stripes were masked off leaving a white field for the stars. Sticker stars were then put on the white field and it was sprayed with the blue paint. All the masking tape and stickers were removed, then several coats of clear coat were applied.

Patriotic Wedge Turbo: Andrew Eaton

On his birthday, my son Andrew won the open division for the Miami County Council Wolves! His car is a little worse for wear – the officials said it was too long, so we had to whittle off part of the nose. We like to think of the bare wood and graphite smudges as battle scars!

Louisville Slugger: Laina and Billy Lindsey

Billy’s Baseball bat won both the Unique Design contest and the Tiger Cub Division Race. He placed 2nd for the overall fastest car in the pack.

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 2, Issue 14
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Pinewood Derby Times, Volume 17, Issue 12 – March 7, 2018

– Editor’s Note
– Humor
– Product Showcase – 7% off Orders of $70 or More
– Pinewood Derby Car Showcase
– Pinewood Derby Memory – My Car
– Q&A


Editor’s Notes

Last Issue of the Season

This is the last issue of the Pinewood Derby Times for the 2017-2018 season. The new issues (Volume 18) will begin in October 2018. You will automatically continue to receive the newsletter in the fall, as our mailing list will remain intact. If your e-mail address should change before then, from the NEW e-mail account simply send a blank e-mail to: pinewood-derby-times-change@mail-list.com
with your OLD e-mail address in the “Subject:” line.

We have many of the articles planned for next season, but we are always looking for your input. So if you have an idea for an article, please send it to me at: info@maximum-velocity.com.

I would like to thank all of our readers and contributors. Your input is greatly appreciated and certainly contributes to the success of the newsletter. I wish you all a blessed summer. See you in October.

Last Issue of the Season

Instead of including a Feature Article, this edition contains an expanded Car Showcase.

Inventory Clearance Sale

We will be putting more items on clearance, and will have an end of season special offer in early May. At that time we will send out a short notice to our subscribers to let you know more about this sale.

MV Basic & Wedge Car Kits
If you are planning a race and are not required to use a specific kit type, our MV Basic or Wedge Car Kit are just what you need. These attractively priced kits are equipped with:

Quality Block – Unlike the blocks provided by some organizations, our blocks are soft, northwestern pine blocks, cut precisely to 7 inches long, 1-3/4 inches wide, and 1-1/4 inches tall. These dimensions, as well as the axle slots accurately duplicate the dimensions of standard pinewood derby blocks from BSA and PineCar.

Simple Axle Preparation – Don’t worry about filing off flaws, or losing hub caps. Our Speed Axles have no burrs or crimp marks, and install without hub caps. With or without polishing, they are ready to go. We supply five, so you have a spare.

Quality Wheels – Forget cheap, out of round wheels. Our MV wheels are top-quality wheels. You will not be disappointed with the quality of these wheels.

So, if your organization does not mandate a particular kit type, consider our MV Basic Car Kits or MV Wedge Car Kits. We also offer bulk packs of MV kits in Pre-cut Shapes.

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Humor

My Mother

My Mother taught me LOGIC…”If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me.”

My Mother taught me MEDICINE…”If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that way.”

My Mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD…”If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job!”

My Mother taught me ESP…”Put your sweater on; don’t you think that I know when you’re cold?”

My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE…”What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you…Don’t talk back to me!”

My Mother taught me HUMOR…”When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT…”If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.

My mother taught me about GENETICS…”You are just like your father!”

My mother taught me about my ROOTS…”Do you think you were born in a barn?”

My mother taught me about the WISDOM of AGE…”When you get to be my age, you will understand.”

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION…”Just wait until your father gets home.”

My mother taught me about RECEIVING…”You are going to get it when we get home.”

And, my all-time favorite – JUSTICE…”One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU — then you’ll see what it’s like!”


Product Showcase

Last Edition Sale – 7% off Orders of $70 or More

Now is your chance to stock up before your pinewood derby event, or for next season!

Through March 20, 2018, you can get 7% off any order of $70 or more. To take advantage of this limited time offer, use coupon code MAR7NL during checkout.


Pinewood Derby Car Showcase

Poe’s Revenge – Scott Harrington

This is “Poe’s Revenge,” Gavin Harrington’s Wolf Scout entry for Pack 12 in Istrouma Area Council, Baton Rouge, LA. The idea arose from the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and features a few select parts from a small scale plastic model for realism. The chassis is all pinewood, but the top shell is balsa. It was painted with model paint from the hobby store using masking tape techniques for sharp lines. For an extra touch of personalization, dad put Gavin’s head onto a picture of Poe Dameron, which was glued into the cockpit glass. We thought the car had a good shot at the “Best Design” trophy, which it won, but it was also very fast thanks to the lightweight body and strategically placed tungsten weight. He took first in the Wolves and 1st overall in the Pack!

The Flash – Jason Campbell

This year was another great year for pine car building. We again had the number one fastest car. But this car also took Best in Show. When all the racers saw this car their eyes stayed wide open. In fact in all five heats everyone was cheering on the FLASH. Then everyone voted it Best in Show.

The car is modeled after a Dodge Magnum. It’s completely hollow. The frame is 1/8 inch thick all around. Coated with a single layer of epoxy (making the wood hard and dense). This was probably my coolest car yet.

Troop Trailer – Bob Hotelman

I’ve attached a photo of my first fan car, built for our pack’s outlaw derby this year. It’s intended to be a replica of our troop’s trailer.

Our pack added fan cars to its outlaw race for the first time this year. Unfortunately, I was the only entry in this new class. However, the car got a lot of attention and I heard a lot of talk about others building for next year.

Since I couldn’t find a 9V EDF fan like your kit used to include, I went with a 3V motor & propeller intended for a micro drone project and powered it with a spare small LiPo RC battery. The car wasn’t fast for a fan car (2.8s over our 40′ track), but it was the fastest car of the day. The trailer frame (brown) is the wood block and the trailer body (tan) was 3D printed in three sections then glued together. Unfortunately, the project was rushed so the 3 sections are quite visible. The microswitch on front and red toggle switch are wired in series so that the fan turns on automatically when the starting gate dropped but can be turned off between races.

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Scarlet Flash – Steve Houghtaling

Our sponsor car was a huge success! There were 10 sponsor cars and the Troop 2020 “Scarlet Flash” won by at least three car lengths in the twelve heats it ran. More importantly, we also beat all of the Webelos II’s to cross over to our troop!

This car features Maximum Velocity’s 3.5oz tungsten canopy, quarter inch tungsten cubes, grooved-oversized pro axles polished with diamond paste, ultra light matched wheels and Krytox lube – no messy graphite on the pretty car, love it!

Paint is Testors red acrylic lacquer and clear coat. For the flames I spray painted transparent decal paper with silver lacquer and cut out the custom flames with an Exacto knife, then applied like you would a normal water soaked decal. The Troop 2020 logo was printed and applied using white decal paper.

We will probably do this again next year and I already have an idea for the car design. Thanks for all your help and expertise!

Pack Trailer – Chris Monroe

This car is a special gift I made for our “retiring” Committee Chair for his last derby in January 2017. I had made a fast car for the outlaw race, but also wanted to make a cool car for fun. I thought a semi truck would be neat and saw the kits that used to be offered. Then, the idea morphed into making a scale model of our new pack trailer towed by our Committee Chair’s truck and giving it as a special gift to him. The car itself is a single piece of pine that I laminated and planed, then cut out with templates that I scaled via pictures. The trailer graphics are a custom vinyl decal I made with my vinyl cutter.

He was surprised when I gave it to him and everyone was excited to see how it ran. Some of the guys cobbled together an extension so it would fit on the starting line, and off we went. Immediately we could tell the car was fast, but nobody had high expectations for it, including me, because the car doesn’t have any speed tricks other than deburred axles and doesn’t even have added weight. The heats ran through and then the total times came up. Everyone erupted with cheers when this car came up with the fastest time in the outlaw race, beating several dedicated speed cars. This car now stands on proud display at his home next to the trophy he won and other scouting memorabilia.

Lightning – Chris Monroe

This was one of my two car designs for the 2018 derby. I decided to try to make something kind of wild and attempt a 3 wheeled car. It started off being designed in a solid modeling program and was to be produced with my new CNC router. After many tests on simple blocks with movable weight packs, I settled on a final wheel and COG location. This was my first year doing angled axles (either with angled holes and/or bent axles) so I decided to make two versions to test out different angles and methods.

After racing them head to head I decided which to enter in the race. It turns out that the Lightning car was only a little bit faster than my other car design, the Black Widow, which was actually a little disappointing given how much time I spent working on it. The Lightning wasn’t the fastest car in the outlaw class, but it was the fastest 5 ounce, 7 inch long car; so I guess that is something.

Black Widow – Chris Monroe

This was my second car design for the 2018 derby. My goals for this car were more in the visual design aspect rather than speed, but it still turned out pretty fast. The block was cut with my new CNC router to hold the battery and LEDs, and the spider sticker I made on my vinyl cutting machine. Speed-wise, the car was my first attempt at making a conventional rail rider, and it did pretty well after settling on which of the two versions was faster.

The car got a lot of attention during the derby because of its looks, and I’m sure I’ll bring it out in the future for the boys to race against for fun. For a car that didn’t prioritize speed as much, I learned a lot about toe and camber techniques and was surprised that I could make a pretty fast car even though it lacked some more obvious speed techniques like extended wheelbase and heavily modified wheels.

CO2 – Jordan Runsvold


I built this CO2 car for last year’s outlaw race held by my employer. The car is built from carbon fiber sheet and tube, RC helicopter spare parts, and official BSA pinewood derby kit parts. Despite being an outlaw car it maintains legal wheelbase, axles, wheels, and dimensions. If you remove the CO2 tank and valve, it is also under the weight limit, and probably legal for traditional races in many packs. Pine from the kit was used in the axle tubes to center the axle nails. It is self-starting, needing no outside intervention to trigger the CO2 when the starting gate drops.

It proved to be faster and more durable than the outlaw car I built last year, however it showed a tendency to exit the track early on 2 out of 5 runs. I hope to correct that if I build another one. The best time was 0.706 seconds at 700.2 scale MPH on our 35 foot track.

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Pinewood Derby Memory
My Car

A couple of years ago I purchased a derby kit from a hobby store. It was not a BSA certified kit. I bought it because the car was already shaped – nothing but painting and assembly required. Well, the kit came with unified axles, one for the front, one for the rear. I did not know this was illegal for our race.

My son did a great job decorating and assembling his car. But when the weigh-in came, obviously we were disqualified. We were given about an hour to bring the car into compliance. I brought it home, ripped out the axles (it was not pretty), cut them in two with a hack saw, and then super-glued them back in. That was the BIG mistake; the glue got on the wheels and, well, the car never did make it all the way down the track.

Of course, before the weigh-in, it was MY SON’s car, but after the disaster he let me know what a lousy job I did on MY CAR!

Well, this year, we’re using a BSA approved kit and HE’s doing the work on HIS CAR!

(His younger brother is still getting too much help from dad.)

Frank Hines
Lynnfield, MA


Q&A

Q: Do you recommend removing 1/16 inch from the car body on the front dominate side? I have read opposing views concerning this practice for rail riding.

A: It is optional. The purpose of narrowing the front on the dominant side is to make sure that the dominant wheel contacts the guide rail before the trailing rear wheel. This helps ensure that the rear wheel stays off the rail. If you don’t narrow the car body, then the rear wheel runs closer to the guide rail and could inadvertently contact the rail if there is a flaw in the track.

Q: In a raised wheel setup would there be any reason at all to prep and polish the raised axle or wax that wheel bore? Also with the Pro-Body Jig is there any danger of it lowering the car too much so that it rubs the track?

A: If you are using rail-rider alignment, then the raised wheel would not need to be prepped, as it would never touch anything. But if you are using straight alignment, then the raised wheel could (and likely will) touch the guide rail. In this case you would want it prepped.

The Pro-Body Jig drops the car body by only 1/16 inch, so you will be fine. The typical clearance specification is 3/8 inch. The actual clearance when using axle slots is 1/2 inch. Subtracting 1/16 from 1/2 leaves 7/16 inch, which is 1/16 inch more than 3/8 inch.

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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – March 2, 2018

Thunderbird: Dalton Hoyle

Dalton Hoyle finished 3rd in his Den, and 2nd overall at the Pack 28 Pine Wood Derby back in 2002 with this red machine.

Patriotic Wedge: Cody Baugher

My name is Cody Baugher. I’m 10 years old. My Dad and I spent many hours working on this wedge car.My dad owns a body shop so he painted the car with automotive paint . The stars and stripes are painted with a clear coat just like the real cars you buy today. This was my first year racing in the pinewood derby and I won first place in my den. We like building this car, so now we are building five new cars!

’65’ Cobra: Donte Wilson

We made this car for the 2003 derby. It is one of the most detailed we have done.

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 2, Issue 13
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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – February 23, 2018

CHP Cruiser: Randy Lisano

This California Highway Patrol Cruiser was built for our Open Division race for parents and leaders. It actually won first for speed!

The cruiser has working headlights, flashing lights, and a siren. All of the electronics came out of a model from a hobby store. To have enough space to get all of it into the car, the block was cut into horizontal sections. All of the excess inner wood was then removed. The sections were then glued back together, the body outline was cut, and the car was finished. There is a small access door on the bottom of the car to be able to install the electronics and the door has speaker holes. The electronics had to be cut apart (a smaller speaker was used) and then installed into the car along with a battery holder. It was a tight squeeze, but it fit! Surprisingly, with all of the electronics, speaker, and battery pack, an ounce of weight was still needed to reach 5 ounces.

The siren and lights turn on and off, with a slide switch installed where you would expect the rear license place to be. The siren unfortunately would only stay on a few seconds once the switch was turned on, but humorously it would kick back on when the car hit the stopping blocks at the finish line.

Knife Car: Erik Steindorf

My son Tyler and I made this knife car in 2000 while he was a Wolf cub in Pack 430 in Roswell, Georgia. We nicknamed the car “Akela’s Blade”. The car body was made from six pieces of wood sandwiched together. The blade layers, toothpick and tweezers were shaped from thin craft plywood from a hobby store. The blades don’t come out, but the toothpick and tweezers do. Yes, Tyler had a lot of help building the car. We didn’t think a second grader should be using a router, which we used to round the edges and make the channels for the wooden knife and toothpick. But Tyler did do most of the sanding and painting. This car is also fast, which precluded it from winning any design awards. It finished first amongst the Wolves in our Pack and was therefore not eligible for a design award. And we opted to compete for speed and not design at the district level, where we placed fourth, just missing a trophy. After putting in better than 20 hours building this car, we have since opted for simpler designs!

Spirit of New York City: Daniel Bubb

I built this car as a tribute to post-9/11 New York City, and all the good that the city displayed as the citizens pulled together and worked as one during the aftermath.

The very back of the car depicts the ideals that Lady Liberty represents: Democracy, Freedom and Opportunity (to pursue the American Dream).

The two towers in the middle of the car represent the Twin Towers that are now gone but will never be forgotten.

The waves washing up on the star represent the ocean waves washing up on the shore of America bringing the huddled masses to the land of freedom and hope.

The star on the front of the car, and the red, white and blue paint theme represent the Spirit of America, a spirit that can never be broken.

The ram inducted turbo eagle represents all Americans embracing everything that America stands for and in keeping with their duty to God, to Country, and to help other people.

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 2, Issue 12
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