Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 13

– Feature Article – Finding the Right Level of Parental Involvement – Car Showcase – Memory – Forget Pinewood Fever, 2005 was MADNESS! – Q&A Finding the Right Level of Parental Involvement (This article was first published in Volume 1, Issue 2 (October 17, 2001) of this newsletter). I really enjoy the Pinewood Derby. In […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 12

– Feature Article – Troubleshooting – Car Showcase – Memory – The Race – Q&A Troubleshooting So the car is done, you’ve given it a few test runs, and you’re not satisfied with the way it performs. What do you do now? Here are some common symptoms that occur along with some suggestions for correcting […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 11

– Feature Article – Pinewood Derby Timer Considerations – Car Showcase – Memory – First Year Racing – Q&A Pinewood Derby Timer Considerations By Stu Ferguson In about November of 1990, I looked into getting a Pinewood Derby Timer for my son’s Cub Scout pack. I studied the ads in the back of Scouting magazine […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 10

– Feature Article – Weight: Place it Carefully – Car Showcase – Memory – 90 Percent – Q&A Weight: Place it Carefully Over the past few years I have written several articles, speed tips, and answers to questions that relate to weight position. Today, I’d like to bring this information together into one article. I realize […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 9

– Feature Article – Wind Tunnel Testing – Car Showcase – Memory – The Guest – Q&A Wind Tunnel Testing In a previous article (Volume 3, Issue 9 – The Big Debates: Aerodynamics), I shared the results of track tests using a car with a varying cross-section. The tests showed that there is an aerodynamic […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 8

– Feature Article – Advice to the Beginner – Keep it Simple! – Car Showcase – Memory – The Heart of a Champion – Q&A Advice to the Beginner – Keep it Simple! Countless times I have had the following phone conversation: “Hi, my son just got a pinewood derby kit, but when we opened […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 7

– Feature Article – Is it Cheating? – Car Showcase – Memory – Bitterroot Valley Derby – Q&A Is it Cheating? This past year I received several e-mails relating situations where car builders were accused of cheating. In some cases the writer of the e-mail was certain that another parent had cheated, and in other […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 6

– Feature Article – Wheel Alignment: Make it Straight! – Memory – The Wrong Lube – Q&A Wheel Alignment: Make it Straight! I overheard a conversation the other day, between two young men (young from my perspective). One of them said, “My car is pulling to the left, and I have to constantly adjust to […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 5

– Feature Article – Pinewood Derby Glossary: Part 2 – Car Showcase – Q&A Pinewood Derby Glossary: Part 2 Several weeks ago the first half of this glossary was provided. As mentioned then, every sport, hobby, or business has a collection of special terms, sometimes called ‘jargon’. This goes for pinewood derby racing as well. So […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 5, Issue 4

– Feature Article – Axle Installation Made Easy – Car Showcase – Memory – Late Start – Q&A Axle Installation Made Easy Mounting axles in blocks with slots has always been problematic. Problems include damage to the car body, sore thumbs, non-symmetrical insertion (some axles angled, others not), bent axles, and uneven car-to-wheel gapping. I believe […]