Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – October 20, 2017

Cobra – Jim White

My grandson, Aaron Shain, and I built this car that we named “Cobra” for the 2012/2013 racing season. We hope the front and rear fenders produce favorable air flow and high speeds.
Street Rod – Jim White

My grandson and I built this car to compete in the “Street Rod” class of a Pinewood Derby Racing League. The basic car is a stretched wedge shaped car, and the body shell is from a 1 to 25 scale AMT model kit.
Following the rules for the “Street Rod” class, the car is 9 inches long and weighs 6 ounces. There are two sets of front axle mounting holes to allow for shortening the wheel base. In our first race the car ran in the middle of the pack for times, but it sure was an eye catcher.
Corkscrew – Wess Eslinger

The Corkscrew is completely impractical (the only place to put weight is behind the rear wheels) but I thought it would be funny. I had the idea several years ago, but didn’t think I could actually make it. But this last summer I got bored on a Saturday morning, and decided to give it a try. It was easier than I thought to get the basic shape, but because I thought I would ruin it, I had used a really awful block of wood that I was going to throw away. So, it took a lot longer than I would have liked to get it looking even respectfully smooth. The gold paint was also tricky to get right. Since I spent a LOT more time on this than I ever anticipated, I hope it will get some laughs at our next race.
From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 12, Issue 8
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