Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 1

– Feature Article – Revisiting the Balance Point – Humor – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Revisiting the Balance Point By Randy Davis In my first few pinewood derbies I had no concept of setting a balance point (also known as COG or CG). I knew that the car needed to weigh […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 13

– Editor’s Notes – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Editor’s Notes This is the last issue of the Pinewood Derby Times for the 2013-2014 season. The new issues (Volume 14) will begin in early October 2014. You will automatically continue to receive the newsletter in the fall, as our mailing list will remain intact. […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 12

– Feature Article – Sintering Tungsten – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Sintering Tungsten By Randy Davis Over the past ten years, tungsten has become widely used as a ballast weight for high-performance pinewood derby cars. Due to its high density, tungsten allows an aggressive balance point to be achieved even on […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 11

– Feature Article – The Ultimate Finish – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article The Ultimate Finish – How to create a beautiful paint job by Kevin Baugher (This article was first published January 7, 2004) Have you ever seen a pinewood derby car with a paint job that looked like it must […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 10

– Feature Article – The Big Event: Staging a Pinewood Derby Race – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article The Big Event – Staging a Pinewood Derby Race by Randy Davis So you have been put in charge of staging a pinewood derby race. Maybe you are looking forward to the prospect, or […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 9

– Feature Article – Height of Weight Effect on Performance – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Height of Weight Effect on Performance By Randy Davis While looking through the index of Pinewood Derby Times articles, I realized that I had never performed a test on the performance effect of the height of […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 8

– Feature Article – Let’s Light it Up – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Let’s Light it Up By Randy Davis Driving down the road, every vehicle you see has white headlights and red taillights. Not only are these lights mandated by law, but they greatly increase the visibility of the car […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 7

– Shop Talk: How to Tune a Band Saw – Q&A Shop Talk: How to Tune a Band Saw By Randy Davis Back in my early days of pinewood derby racing I attended a workshop and offered to help some folks cut out their cars. The saw that was to be used was a bench […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 6

– Feature Article – Handle Those Cars Carefully – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Handle Those Cars Carefully By Randy Davis Sometimes I receive an e-mail that fills me with sympathy and some anger. Here is one of those e-mails from Scott Carpenter: “This was the result of an accidental drop after […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 13, Issue 5

– Feature Article – Wax Those Wheel Bores for Top Performance – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Feature Article Wax Those Wheel Bores for Top Performance By Randy Davis If you peruse the various pinewood derby forums, you will know that the adult racing leagues are highly competitive. These pinewood derby car builders are […]