Pinewood Pro Gives Back

Pinewood Pro Donations

Pinewood Pro is proud to have helped manage pinewood derby car races, volunteered at pinewood derby races, donated to needy scouts, Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scouts every year since we started Pinewood Pro in 1999.

Pinewood Pro Donations


As a former Cub Scout and father of a Boy Scout (that's my son as a Cub Scout in the upper right after winning a Pinewood Derby race), we believe very strongly in the values of scouting and helping by giving back to Scouting and pinewood derby car racing.

Pinewood Derby racing was always special to me as a young cub scout (even though I never won a single race - see About Pinewood Pro). It became even more special as I got to live it over again with my son (who won just about EVERY derby race!). When I started giving away our Winning Secrets (after my son moved to the boy scouts!) and finally selling our Winning Secrets book, I made a promise to contribute to Scouting as long as I owned Pinewood Pro.

I do not believe in flashing my contributions in front of people but I thought it was important to state our goals and show how Pinewood Pro stands for helping people, not only through our top-notch products but through volunteering and donating back to scouting.

While my bias is naturally toward BSA scouting, where my son has worked up through Cub Scouts to an aspiring Eagle Scout in Troop 65, I have made many "Pinewood Derby" friends in AWANA Grand Prix, Girl Scouts Grand Prix, WIRL, Kub Kar Rally and others.

While Pinewood Pro gives me great satisfaction to make great products that help people race their pinewood derby, I feel a special joy to be able make these contributions:

Tribute to Sandy Hook Tragedy

Donations to BSA Cub Scout Packs

Friends of Scouting

Pinewood Pro Helps Polish Scouts at 2005 BSA National Jamboree

Volunteering Help at BSA Yawgoog Scout Reservation

Scout Memorial Fund - for the families of the four men killed at the BSA National Jamboree July 28, 2005.

Support for our Troops and their Families - especially those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan

Special Olympics 2004, 2005, 2006

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Red Cross Disaster Relief for earthquakes in China, Italy and Haiti

Red Cross Disaster Relief for US Eastern Seaboard impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Wounded Warriors

Among others...

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      Tips & Hints

      If you are using 3/8" round weights, drill your 3/8" weight holes before cutting out the rest of the car because it is easier to hold the full block. Always use a clamp to hold your block before drilling or cutting. Safety First!








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      axles Tip

      The axle slots that are cut into standard blocks are too tight for BSA axles that are .089" diameter. Small axle slots make it difficult to get your axles in straight. A #44 drill bit is .086", which I find too tight. Consider a #43 Drill Bit, which is a perfect match at .089" for a snug fit.



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      lubes Hint

      When lubing your wheels and axles, shoot graphite powder into the wheel bore, spin your wheels, and repeat. Do this over newspaper in your garage or outside the house.



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    • pinewood derby winner

      My daughter won 1st place, and my son won 3rd place. It was very fun and hope to do again next year. Thanks for your great information,
      - Barry from MI



    • girls win grand prize fastest

      We won every race we entered as well as the grand prize for the fastest car! Thanks for your help and interest.
      - Debra



    • Thank you for the great service. I will be coming back to purchase fo my grandson's pinewood derby. Thanks again, it's been great doing business with Pinewood Pro. Blessings to you and your staff.
      - Jim from IL



    • Winner Trophy first place race

      My son placed 1st place in the St. David's Cup.
      - Wayne

    • I can't describe how happy my Son was to win! I'm a single Mom and didn't know how to build a car. I was so happy to find your amazing site. I'm beaming with happiness for my son.
      - Miss M from MO

    • Jacob had a blast seeing his car fly! Thanks for the tips!
      - Matthew and Jacob

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