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: Joe Gargiulo, Pinewood Pro founder
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
- 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 experts...it 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
- All about safety, rules and having fun.
- Buckle Up-We're Building a Car...
- Having Fun is Number One!
- Safety in the Fast Lane
- 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.
SPEED HINTS, TRICKS and TRAPS
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!
- 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!
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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
|Blocks||Drilled blocks insure that your car rolls straight and also offers a raised wheel option to increase speed.|
|Pre-Built 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!
Tips & Hints
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.
Tungsten Putty is ideal for getting your car up to the maximum 5 oz limit. Drill a hole in the bottom of your car and insert Pinewood Pro Putty as the last step to bring your car to 5.0 oz. If the official scale weighs you in at 5.1 oz, simply remove a small amount of putty to bring it back to 5.0 oz.
Don't attach feathers or big decorative parts that can cause drag. This will decrease your car speed
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...for over 15 years.
After 4 years of not winning, we finally did it!! Your book truly worked!!
- Wayne from CA
We downloaded Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets and began reading and working. We won first place overall in our Pack! Alex is a Webelos 2 this year, so it was our last chance and we won!
- Brad and Alex
I ordered a set of your BSA wheels and axels last minute on Wednesday for overnight delivery. Our race was on Friday. We finished in 6th out of 80 cars, and will be going to the Divisional Race! My son was never happier! Thanks again!
- Steve from KY
This will be my 3rd year ordering from you. This year I have an 8 year old son, a ten year old son, and my 12 year old daughter's young women group is also doing the pinewood derby. We are still undefeated – Last year we purchased your wheels and axles and won 1st place again, 2 years running!
- Kirk from UT
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- Jenna from AL
We won every race we entered as well as the grand prize for the fastest car! Thanks for your help and interest.
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- Trey from SC
My son peter took first place with his car. Thanks for your products,
- Tony from TX
I can't even put into words how excited, proud and happy my daughter was each time her car won. Worth every penny, plus more. Thank you SO MUCH Pinwood Pro!
- Nina from PA
Great tips in your Winning Secrets book! This was our first year and my son was the overall District Winner. There were 250 racers at the District race so I'm guessing we have something like 1,000 scouts in our district. With that type of competition you need these tips to be competitive.
- Mike from FL
Your tips were Fabulous! Competing in the District Race tomorrow...Our first time making a car! You ROCK!!!!
- Nancy B from NC
My son's car won every heat it raced. Thanks again Joe. Your info is the best out there!