Pinewood Derby Car Design in
Six Easy Steps

Want to design your Pinewood Derby car fast and easy?
Learn how to design a Pinewood Derby car in six easy steps for beginners.

Pinewood Derby Car Design in Six Easy Steps

About the Author: , Pinewood Pro founder

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Build your Pinewood Derby car in half the time, with our easy, step-by-step directions.

Proven results. Thousands of satisfied customers.

This is what Pinewood Derby in Six Easy Steps will do for you:

Saves you Time

  • Build your car in half the time


  • To make your project go faster

Avoid Mistakes

  • Don't build a slow car!

Car Design Templates

  • Cut out one of our Car Designs and with a single cut or two, you are nearly done. We show you how...It is the fastest way to build your car.

Essential Speed Tips

  • You get the Speed Essentials to build a competitive car.
    Our other book, Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets, is the #1 best seller for gives you the full list of over 40 speed secrets.

Car Design Tips

  • For building a cool car

Pinewood Made Easy

  • Over 20 illustrations makes each step simple and clear

Who should read this book?

  • This book is for beginner adults and also a child to guide them through building their own pinewood derby car

Pinewood Derby in Six Easy Steps

Table of Contents

  1. All about safety, rules and having fun.
  2. Buckle Up-We're Building a Car...
  3. Having Fun is Number One!
  4. Safety in the Fast Lane
  5. Follow the Rules

STEP 1. Dad, I've Got an Idea!

We'll show you how to turn your ideas into a winning Pinewood car... We give you design hints that work best so you can beat out your competition.

STEP 2. One Slice or Two?

You get to decide how simple or complex your car will be. We let you choose between several cut-out car design templates to let you build a design that only requires one saw cut, or choose a two cut design or multiple cut design. Just apply our templates and in a few minutes you have a car.

STEP 3. Smooth as a Baby's...

Shaping and sanding usually take a long time, but our special techniques make this step easier for you.

STEP 4. Be a Heavy Weight

If you want a competative car, weight is critical. More weight, faster car. We show you the best place and how to do it.

STEP 5. Shine Like a Star

Finishing touches to make your car cool. Make this the fun part for your child. There are many things you can do here.

STEP 6. Let's Roll 'Em...

Critical Axle and Wheel preparation hints to make your car fast.


To be a winner, you need these easy speed aids that enable you to build a fast car. Without these essentials, your car will be left in the dust!

  • Graphite
  • Weight Placement
  • Wheel Spacing
  • Aerodynamics Myth
  • Straight On

Car Design Cut-Out Templates

Includes three simple cut-out car design templates...the fastest way to build a car

Handy List of Tools

Over 20 illustrations lead you through every step.

Pinewood Derby in Six Easy Steps - Fastest, easiest way to build your pinewood derby car

Whatever you do, I wish you and your son or daughter all the best.
Have fun together and do your best!

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Winning Speed Products

To make a fast, winning car you need the Six Steps AND Speed Products. Yes, you can win a race without the best speed products on the market, but that depends on your competition! Chances are, some racers know the Secrets and have created or purchased the speed products needed to make a high performance car.

We have all the PRO tools if you want to do-it-yourself, and we have all the Speed Products that have been track-tested to prove they are the fastest.

To win your race, pick (or design) the best Speed Products that are appropriate for your race. That means, you need to read your race rules and select the most appropriate products for your race. How do you know which products are "appropriate"? Reference your race rules, and ask your Race Manager if you have any questions, becasue EVERY race is different.

Our PRO Products fall into the categories below. I summarized the category and highlight our highest performance PRO Speed Products, but you should reference all the products in each category to be sure our PRO product are appropriate for your race.

Category PRO Speed Product Speed Notes
Lubricants pinewood derby graphite

PRO Graphite

Pinewood PRO Graphite is a special blend of dry powdered graphite with sub-micron molybdenum disulfide additive. It substantially decreases friction!

Track tests show a 17% to 20% speed increase, depending on the axles being used.
Axles pinewood derby Super Speed Axles

BSA Polished Speed Axles

Our BSA polished axles are legal in all BSA races.

Our track tests showed a 9.8% speed increase over stock BSA axles.

For additional speed, consider upgrading to BSA grooved and graphite-coated axles.

graphite-coated BSA speed wheels

BSA Lathed Speed Wheels

We recommend our BSA lightly-lathed Speed Wheels designed to be legal in all BSA races.

Our track tests showed a 5.5% speed increase over stock BSA wheels.

For additional speed, consider our Ultra-Lite or graphite-coated BSA wheels.

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PRO tools

PRO tools do everything from drilling axle holes so your car rolls straight, to polishing the inside of your wheel bore for that little extra speed, to rail rider tools for a technical advantage.

We even have handy tools for gapping your wheels and an Axle Puller-Inserter to remove or insert your axles without damaging your wheels.

drilled pinewood derby cars
drilled blocks

Drilled blocks insure that your car rolls straight and also offers a raised wheel option to increase speed.
Pre-Built Cars

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fully built PRO cars

If you can not build your own car, our fully built PRO pinewood derby cars are fully built and tested for speed!

These cars are precision tuned, track tested and ready to race. Just add graphite!

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    • Pinewood Derby
      Tips & Hints

      Just like the pistons in an engine block, you want your axles to be tight fitting in the wheel bore, to reduce wheel wobble. If your Rules allow, use one of our slightly oversized Speed Axle or PRO Super Speed Axle.

      Pinewood Derby
      painting Tip

      When painting with children, it is better to use a paint brush rather than spray paint because spray paint can cause vapors. If the child is spray painting, be sure to use a breathing mask and be in an open area.

      Pinewood Derby
      rules Hint

      BSA Rules are different from Awana Rules, which are different from Adult Race Rules, etc. Check our Pinewood Derby Rules page to download Pinewood Derby rules for different kinds of races.

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Pinewood Derby Car Secret Steps