Pinewood Derby Times Volume 12, Issue 7

– Feature Article – Propeller Car Evolution – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Propeller Car Evolution By Randy Davis (The third in a series of articles originally published November 26, 2003 and December 1, 2010) Many organizations sponsor open competition races, some of which allow the use of powered cars. Whether your organization holds […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 12, Issue 6

– Feature Article – Weigh-in Problems and How to Avoid Them – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Weigh-in Problems and How to Avoid Them By Randy Davis (An update of an article originally published February 23, 2005) I have been the head race official for many pinewood derby races. One of the tasks is […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 12, Issue 5

– Feature Article – Shop Talk: Hand Sanding – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Shop Talk: Hand Sanding By Randy Davis If you want a sharp looking pinewood derby car, then proper sanding is critical. Choosing correct grits of paper, selecting the right sanding accessories, and applying the proper techniques are all necessary for […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 12, Issue 4

– Feature Article – Upgrading Needle Axles – Craft Idea – Custom Pinewood Derby Neckerchief Slide – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Upgrading Needle Axles By Randy Davis For races that allow freedom in selecting wheels and axles, needle wheels and axles are a great choice for building a high-performance car. Cars equipped with […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 12, Issue 3

– Feature Article – Streamlining the Weigh-in – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Streamlining the Weigh-in By Randy Davis (An update of an article originally published December 1, 2004) Have you been to a weigh-in/check-in that seemed chaotic? Did there appear to be a lack of organization or control of the event? All too […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 12, Issue 2

– Feature Article – Shop Talk: Choose the Right Band Saw – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Memory – Generations – Q&A Shop Talk: Choose the Right Band Saw for Pinewood Derby Cars By Randy Davis Several years ago, I was asked for a recommendation on purchasing a power saw for pinewood derby car work. […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 12, Issue 1

– Feature Article – Sorry, We Will Not Be Participating Because … – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Sorry, We Will Not Be Participating Because … By Randy Davis Do you have difficulty getting decent participation in your organization’s pinewood derby race? Do families make excuses because of fear of failure or intimidation (I […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 11, Issue 14

– Editor’s Notes – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Editor’s Notes: Last Issue of the Season This is the last issue of the Pinewood Derby Times for the 2011-2012 season. Instead of including a Feature Article, this edition contains an expanded Car Showcase. The new issues (Volume 12) will begin in early October 2012. […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 11, Issue 13

– Feature Article – Lubricant Testing: Part 2 – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A Lubricant Testing – Part 2 By Randy Davis On February 4, 2009, I published an article on a lubricant test using the “Tilted Plane” method for measuring a friction angle, from which the coefficient of friction (μ) can be calculated. […]

Pinewood Derby Times Volume 11, Issue 12

– Feature Article – The Pinewood Derby Bling-Mobile – Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – Q&A The Pinewood Derby Bling-Mobile By Susie Boyce My son brought his pinewood derby flier home from Cub Scouts exactly two weeks before the race. My first instinct was to throw it away and cross my fingers that my husband would […]