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Girl Scout Pinewood Derby success story

My eleven-year-old daughter is a junior Girl Scout. She has been involved in the Girl Scout program since she was six. She thoroughly enjoys it.

Every year her troop goes to a Pinewood Derby contest and competes against several other Girl Scouts. She hasn't done very well during the last two years of competition and drastically wanted to improve for this year. I called some of the other parents and asked if they had any tidbits they could share. One parent suggested I order a book.

I decided to follow the advise of getting a book so I headed to the book stores. I didn't find any book that had enough specifics on pinewood derby racing. After I got home from a disappointing day I decided to surf the net to see what I could find. I came across your web site, which has two books that are specially written for pinewood derby racing.

It wasn't long until I received my order. My daughter and I sat together and read through the guides. We saw templates of car designs that were very helpful.

One thing we learned is that it is important to prepare your axels and wheels to minimize friction; the books gave very clear instructions on how to do this. There were many other great ideas to increase your car speed. We did a different design of her car and followed all the suggestions.

Before we knew it - it was time for the pinewood derby race. Hundreds of girl scouts were at the competition with their pinewood derby cars. My daughter was in the Junior Scout division - Age 9-13. She came in 2nd place!

It was awesome. She was so excited to have such a fabulous race. Thanks for helping us girl scouts have a great time racing pinewood derby cars. Now I know why the cub scouts love it so much!

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      Didn't lose a race all day! Key was... PRO Speed Axles and Wheels.


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      from GRAND PRIX Winner
      A big thanks to all the folks at Pinewood Pro!! This was a great night, my car (daughters car) took first place in speed.

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      Thanks for the tips in the books. This was my 7 year old son's first Pinewood Derby race and I would have paid 100 times the price just to see the expression on his face when he took first place. Your information was invaluable!
      Fred & Vincent

    • 1st year, 2nd Place Finish!
      Mikey from Miami 
      My six year old was second in his Pack, being beat only by an older cub scout (the son of a “real” rocket scientist !

    • Once we ordered your tips and tricks we won 1st place every year since.
      Thank You so much for this information and making my son's pinewood derby career a success.
      - Keith

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       from Utah
      My son's car easily won 1st place w/ a decent margin over the next fastest car. These tips, along w/ the purchased items were the secret to winning.

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