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"How to" run a race, build a track and car stand
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How to Run a Pinewood Derby Race
When I ran the Pinewood Derby for my son's Cub Scout Pack 468, in Trumbull, Connecticut, I found it easier to keep track of activites by creating an activities list. This led to creating a little How To Organize and Run a Pinewood Derby planning guide. My How To run a pinewood derby race helped me manage our pinewood derby event and I passed it along to the next Race Manager who has been using it ever since.
Instead of trying to manage every task yourself, I used the divide and conquer method. Activities were broken up into sub-tasks and then I asked for parents to volunteer to be the leader for each sub-team. For example, I had a “track team”, a “food team”, a “Pit team” and an “activities team”.
This short race planning guide includes:
- List Activites
- Race Preparation and rough timeline
- Race Management Tips
- Tips to help run your race smoothly
How to build a Pinewood Derby Car Stand
Completed pinewood derby car stand with Pinewood Pro "logo car"
This plan shows you how to build your own pinewood derby car stand to show off your cool car and keep them from rolling off your desk. In my son't Pack, we built car stands every year to keep the kids busy while the cars were racing. You can also build these car stands at a Den meeting in preparation for your pinewood derby race.
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How To Make a Pinewood Derby Car Stand
How to Build a Pinewood Derby Race Track
If you are handy with wood, you can build your own Pinewood Derby track. You can make your own personal track to speed test your cars. With a little more effort, you can build a new track for your Scout Pack.
Pinewood Derby Race Rules
Pinewood Derby rules are set at the local level so every group can customize their rules to their own liking. Some groups keep their rules basic and simple, while other races are highly restrictive.
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Tips & Hints
The best part of pinewood derby is designing a unique, cool car that you can call your own. Don't worry about aerodynamics because it is almost insignificant. We identify dozens of other speed tips in Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets that rank far above aerodynamics.
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.
Wood filler is your best friend when it comes to building a pinewood derby car. Use wood filler to fill holes, gouges and other cutting mistakes. You can even use it to add a bubble, racer cockpit, spoiler, etc.
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