Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 11

– Feature Article – Shifting the Wheelbase – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Shifting the Wheelbase By Randy Davis The standard pinewood derby kit from BSA (as well as PineCar and Maximum Velocity), has an offset wheelbase, with one slot approximately 1-3/4 inches from the end of the block, and […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 10

– Feature Article – Pre-Race Events Add Excitement – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Pre-Race Events Add Excitement By Randy Davis If you have ever been to a contemporary concert, there seems to always be a “warm-up” act. Why is this done? To build audience excitement, and get the attendees […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 9

– Feature Article – Graphite Questions (Most Popular Questions) – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Graphite Questions: The Two Most Popular Questions of the 2013-14 Season By Randy Davis Each pinewood derby season, there are always a few questions that get asked more than any others. Some years the questions […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 8

– Shop Talk – The Best Pinewood Derby Rule – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Shop Talk: The Best Pinewood Derby Rule By Randy Davis Although you can get away with using a cheap plastic ruler for an occasional pinewood derby car, having a nice, accurate rule (not ruler) is a must […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 7

– Feature Article – Height of Ballast Weight Vs. Performance: Part 2 – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Height of Ballast Weight Vs. Performance – Part 2 By Randy Davis Last season, I ran an experiment and published an article on the effect of the height of the ballast weight […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 6

– Feature Article – Runoffs: When and Why to Run Them – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Runoffs – When and Why to Run Them By Randy Davis Years ago, virtually every pinewood derby race used an elimination method (usually double elimination) for running a pinewood derby race. This method […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 5

– Feature Article – Shop Talk: “Frame and Skin” Car Construction – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Shop Talk: “Frame and Skin” Car Construction By James White I would like to share the “Frame and Skin” car construction method used by my grandson (Aaron Shain) and myself for pinewood derby […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 4

– Feature Article – Rail-Riding: Getting that Extra Speed – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Rail-Riding – Getting that Extra Speed By Randy Davis If you have spent any time on the Internet researching pinewood derby racing, you will have ran across the term “rail-riding”. This alignment technique had been […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 3

– Feature Article – Pinewood Derby Awards – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Pinewood Derby Awards By Randy Davis Should every child entering a pinewood derby race get an award? Or should only the top cars for design and speed be given a trophy? How about a compromise? The answer […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 2

– Feature Article – Creating Accurate Axle Slots – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Creating Accurate Axle Slots By Randy Davis Most brands of pinewood derby kits come with slots on one side of the block into which the axles are pressed. These pre-made slots generally work well, but there are occasions […]