Help for Pinewood Derby Beginners
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|Your Needs||How we can help||What it will do for you|
|Where do I start?||Beginner's book: Pinewood Derby in Six Easy Steps. You can instantly download this book to your PC!||Step-by-step instructions - how to design and build your car. Includes 3 simple car templates.|
|What car design should I choose?||
I have no time, no skills and no tools...
But I want to race!!
How do I make my car fast?
Can a beginner win?
Yes, many beginners have won!
Table of Contents
Buckle Up! We're Building a Car.
Having Fun is Number One
Safety in the Fast Lane
Play by the Rules
STEP 1: Dad, I've got an Idea!
STEP 2: One Slice or Two?
STEP 3: Smooth as a Baby's...
STEP 4: Be a Heavy Weight
STEP 5: Shine like a Star
STEP 6: Let's Roll 'Em
Speed Hints, Tricks and Traps
The Aerodynamic Mix
APPENDIX A: Includes 3 free simple pinewood derby template patterns
APPENDIX B: Handy list of tools
Point and click to pick a car design, then see your car's speed increase when changeing axles, wheels, lubes and weights.
Test drive Take your pinewood derby car!
Pinewood Derby Car kits, like this dragster have everything you need to build a car.
Car kits includes:
This car just needs a light sanding and painting.
Speed tip: Put Graphite on your axles to make your car fast.
To make your car competitive, choose a set of our BSA Polished Axles or Graphite Coated Axles because the axles in this kit are not polished or deburred.
Pre-weighted car body includes:
Fully Built Cars includes:
If this is your first race, you need to know a few basic speed tips to have a competitive car...
Prep your Axles
Lube your axles
Weight Your Car
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Tips & Hints
When your car wheel rubs against the axle head it can cause the wheel to wobble because the corner of the axle head is not a perfect 90 degrees. Cutting a groove directly under the axle head removes this source of wheel wobble. Cutting this groove is difficult to do by hand, but it can be done with an axle file. Our grooved Speed Axles and Pro Super Speed axles have this groove, exclusive to Pinewood Pro, cut directly under the axle head.
When lubing your wheels and axles, shoot graphite powder into the wheel bore, spin your wheels, and repeat. Do this over newspaper in your garage or outside the house.
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.
The speed axles did the trick second year in a row!
- Debbie & Frank
This was our very first time building a Pine Derby car for Awana Club. We won first place in our age class and 3rd place over all the age classes up to high school. Thanks, Pinewood Pro!
Jonah's car won 1st place in his Den, first place in the Pack and I couldn't believe it but he also won for Best looking car!
- Thomas from FL
My son placed 1st place in the St. David's Cup.
I have a Webelo 1 and Webelo II Scout and they placed 1st and 2nd in this year's Pinewood Derby and will now go on to compete in the regional race. Thank you for all the good that you are doing and helping make kids dreams come true.
- Craig from CA
My grandson placed won his races! Your speed secrets and products made the difference. To see his smiles get bigger with each win was worth it.
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
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- Thomas from NC
Thanks a ton for all the tips and the Wheels and Axles! We beat cars that had taken district and region in Georgia! This was my last race with my two boys. Great way to end! Thanks again!
My son won third in his pack, and we are waiting the district race. Thanks again for all of your wonderful products!
- Tom from AZ
We came in fourth place; very respectable, given it was our first time. Thanks very much for helping us overcome our building weaknesses with great products.
- Doug and Taiki from VA
Thank you for your help, my grandson took first place in his pinewood derby race!
- Grandpa Jim from PA
I just read your Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets book and I can not wait to apply the information. Thanks for the help!
- Tully from TX
My son's car won every heat it raced. Thanks again Joe. Your info is the best out there!