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

      Lighter wheels turn easier (they require less inertia). Lighten your wheels, as much as your Rules allow, which will give you a fast start out of the gate and faster speed down the track.








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      lubes Tip

      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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      building Hint

      Crooked axle slots are perhaps the number one reason cars crash into the lane guides. Drill the axle slot with a drill press or the PRO Driller to be sure your axles go in straight and are square to the block.



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      ...for over 15 years.

    • My son and I finished 1st in our race! My son won the championship, and my daugther's car won 2nd place in the Family division. We were all very happy! Thank you from the entire family!
      - Josh, Haley and Philip



    • As soon as he got home, he ran up stairs to his room to put his trophy of his shelf. I will defiantly be buying from you. Thanks for the Winning Secrets!
      - Phil from NV



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      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



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      Jonah's car won 1st place in his Den, first place in the Pack and I couldn't believe it but he also won for  Best looking car!
      - Thomas from FL

    • Your tips were Fabulous! Competing in the District Race tomorrow...Our first time making a car! You ROCK!!!!
      - Nancy B from NC

    • I have a Webelo 1 and Webelo II Scout and they placed 1st and 2nd in this year's Pinewood Derby and will now go on to compete in the regional race. Thank you for all the good that you are doing and helping make kids dreams come true.
      - Craig from CA

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