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
Looking for more cool car design ideas? Our free Pinewood Derby Car Design Guide has over 100 cool pinewood derby car design ideas.
Many of the BSA "nails" that come in your kit are crooked. Chuck each axle in your drill and spin them. If the axle looks blurry as it spins, that axle is crooked. Replace crooked axles or consider getting an Axle Press Tool to straighten crooked axles.
Crooked axle slots are perhaps the number one reason cars crash into the lane guides. Drill the axle slot with a drill press or the PRO Driller to be sure your axles go in straight and are square to the block.
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- Kevin from VT
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- Phil from NV
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- Grandpa Jim from PA
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Using the tips on your website, Daniel's car won every race for his den, and won the district races. It seemed that his car got faster with every run. We have memories that will last.
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- Doug and Taiki from VA
My son won the entire event, even against the older scouts. Thanks
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Wow, we did it! Dad, I'll never forget this night.
- Steven Gargiulo