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
If you have a bad wheel and you don't have time to replace it, Raise that Wheel so it doesn't touch the track. Since it doesn't touch the track, it won't have any negative affect on your car's speed.
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.
Need a little extra weight on weigh in but didn't bring extra weight with you? Use a coin! Here are the weights of US coins in ounces: penny .11 oz, nickel .17 oz, dime .07 oz, quarter .18 oz
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