Free Pinewood Derby Speed Tips

Free speed hints to make your car fast...

To get started, check out our free Pinewood Derby Car Design Guide that gives you hundreds of different car design ideas.

Free Secret Speed Tip

Super Speed Secret #17

This one speed tip won't make you a winner... but the full set of over 40 in our #1 best seller
Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets

Only a few microseconds separates winners from everyone else in the pack...

You can win if you have ALL of the speed secrets. You can search for tips in the internet or pick up a few speed tips from friends,but to win, you need ALL the secrets.

Some of the speed tips in our book can't be found anywhere else. How do I know? Because as an engineer, I invented new speed techniques and every one of my speed tips have been tested on my own track.

So, here is one of my favorite hints (this one was not invented by me). It won't win the race for you, but it gives you an example of one of the things you can do to increase speed.

Two "key" things slow your car; friction and inertia. In our Speed section titled Race Winning Secrets, we tell you how to eliminate a source of Friction and Inertia by lifting one of the front wheels so it doesn't touch the track at all. Your car is rolling on only three wheels, thereby eliminating friction from one wheel, along with the Inertia required to get that wheel turning. Yes, the friction is re-distributed to the other three wheels but the friction from the lifted wheel has been eliminated and adding lubricant, such as graphite, reduces friction from the other three wheels. We even performed controlled experiments to prove that this technique works to reduce your track times.

Complete details with clear illustrations show you all the ways to increase your car's speed in Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets.

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Try it. It's inexpensive, it works and all of our products come with a risk-free money back guarantee.

If you really want the best, look at our line of PRO Speed Products ...polished and nickel plated axles, graphite-coated speed wheels, graphite-coated axles, precision drilled blocks and our special blend of powdered graphite with "moly" (sub-micron molybdenum disulfide). All of our products have been track tested by engineers to prove that they increase your car's speed.
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Pinewood Derby Car Stand

We made a simple stand out of three pieces of wood (pictured below), a 1"x3" for the base, a 2"x4" for the upright and a 1"x2" for the top to hold the car. This stand only required one angle cut in the 2"x4" do the car mounted at an angle.

This only requires four screws, two on the bottom and two on the top.

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Pinewood derby stand kit
(only requires four screws!)

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"Pinewood Pro Logo Car" atop derby stand

...just apply stain and you're done!
Enjoy!...hope this helps.

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Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Racing Driver's License

  • Click on the link under the driver's license to display the Word doc. You can then save it on your PC and edit the fields to customize it for your race, as follows:

  • Change "CT" in the dark blue Driver License block to your state code

  • Change the "hgt" to the racers actual height, or make it blank and let them fill it in.

  • Change the "eyes" to the driver's eye color, or let them fill it in

  • Ask the racer to sign their license when they check in their pinewood derby car

  • You can also hand out the license with their car kit. This gives each racer time to fill in their license and add their photo to the lower right corner!

More info on our Pinewood Derby Driver's License

While it is nice to get a ribbon or trophy for winning a pinewood derby race, it is also nice to get personal award.

We hope you like our award certificates...they are in Word format, so you can edit them to enter the winner's name, Pack and Den.

More free Pinewood Derby Award Certificates

The Pinewood Derby started in 1953. Check out our 60th Anniversary poster featuring Don Murphy, pictures from the original race, our commemorative cars with modern pinewood derby pictures all in a crossed racing flag setting.

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