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
Before cutting your car, use a straight edge to draw lines down the center lengthwise and widthwise across your car. Then draw your car design template over these straight lines. The template and straight lines help guide your cutting on both sides of the car so everything is square.
The stock BSA "nails" that come in your kit are mass produced. These nails have burrs, crimp marks and can also be crooked, all of which severely limits your car speed. An Axle Polishing Kit and Axle File are essential to fix your axles and increase your car speed.
Nyoil stays on your axles throughout the race, unlike powdered graphite that blows off every time your car goes down the track. This gives Nyoil coated axles a speed advantage if your car keeps racing.
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