Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – April 18, 2014

Top Fuel Dragster – James Gravely

This is the product of a man with too much time on his hands. It is constructed from two official Cub Scout PWD blocks making it 14 inches long. Add another inch for the swept rear wing and the car tops out at 15 inches long. The wheels and axles are also official BSA parts although extremely modified. The car weighs in at five ounces and was built mostly for show although it will run very fast.
Show Cars – Andy Holzer

This year we decided to make copies of the three classic automobiles we own. Noah built a 1966 AMC Marlin, I built a 1963 Lincoln Continental and Diane built a 1974 Dodge Sportsman van. There was trouble getting the van to the 5oz. weight limit so it never did race – lesson to self, if you are trying to make a vehicle this big you should use balsa. In the race, the cars ran well. Noah’s car placed second in the Bears and my car placed 1st in the parent-sibling race.
1957 Masarati 250F – Allen Cripe

My son, who is a Tiger Cub (7 years old), and I have watched racing together since he was born. This was his first derby. We were watching the Speed Channel before we started the car, and saw a show on the 1957 Masarati 250F. We decided right then, that was the car.
Since it had been 32 years since I competed, I wasn’t sure what the competition was going to be like. So we decided to make “Best of Show” our goal, and make learning what the competition was like to improve the next year the second goal. In the end, he won “Best of Show”, and was in the top sixteen for speed!
The car has four coats of sanding filler, and four coats of base coat (Italian Red). All of the details were then painted on. Finally, three coats of Gloss Clear coat were applied.
We hand made the exhaust and headers out of 1/8 inch steel rod, and buried all of the weight into the car. My son and I put tons of hours into the car; he and I worked together on all the building. As a result, he won “Best of Show”.
From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 7, Issue 10
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