Help for Pinewood Derby Beginners

...from books to fully built cars!

Help for Pinewood Derby Beginners

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    We've helped thousands of beginners!

    I wrote a Beginner's book, created free guides and
    we have everything from car kits to completely built cars.

Use this Quick Start Chart to match your needs to our solutions.
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?
  • Free Guide: Car Design Ideas
  • Pick a car from our Car Designer
  • Includes over 100 car design ideas
  • See 30 car designs and even see your car rotating 360 degrees!
    1. I have little skills and no tools!

      How can I build a car?
  • Quick build Car Kits includes weights and decals.
  • Pre-cut pinewood derby cars
  • Pre-cut and pre-weighted cars
  • Requires no, tools. Simple, clear instructions.
  • Pick a pre-cut car, then select the wheels and axles you want to build your own car without tools.
  • I have no time, no skills and no tools...

    But I want to race!!
  • Fully built, painted and ready to race cars! ...and they're super fast too!!
  • Completely built and painted cars gets you in the race.
  • How do I make my car fast?
    Can a beginner win?
  • Free Guide - How to Build a Fast Pinewood Derby Car
  • Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets
  • Speed basics to make a competitive car
  • All the secrets you need to win.
    Yes, many beginners have won!
  • Pinewood Derby In six easy steps...book for beginners

    Pinewood Derby in Six Steps

    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

    Axles

    Graphite

    Weight Placement

    Wheel Spacing

    The Aerodynamic Mix

    Straight On


    APPENDIX A: Includes 3 free simple pinewood derby template patterns

    APPENDIX B: Handy list of tools


    Instant Download direct to your computer
    $5.95


    Select a Car Design using our "Cool Tool"

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    Pinewood Derby Car Designer

    Point and click to pick a car design, then see your car's speed increase when changeing axles, wheels, lubes and weights.

    Select from 30 car designs.

    See how each product affects your car's performance as it slides toward the checkered flag.

      Quick, easy and fun!



    ...Or use a Quick Build Car Kit

    Pinewood Derby Car kits, like this dragster have everything you need to build a car.


    Car kits includes:


    • The pre-cut pinewood derby car
    • Decorative parts
    • BSA wheels
    • BSA axles
    • sticker sheets
    • Fully illustrated instruction sheet
    • 120 grit and 220 grit sandpaper
    • 2.0 oz of stick-on weights
    • Race day log book, along with tips & tricks


    This car just needs a light sanding and painting.
    Add the included weights, wheels, and axles
    and you're off to the races!


    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.

    Only $12.95


    ...Or select a pre-weighted or fully built car, ready to race

    Pre-weighted car body and Fully Built cars.


    Pre-weighted car body includes:


    • BSA car block cut to aerodynamic style
    • Pre-weighted to equal 4.9 oz when wheels and axles added
    • Center of gravity in perfect position for maximum speed
    • pre-drilled small weight holes under car if you want to add tungsten putty
    • Car body is primed with 2 coats of grey primer. Race as is or paint over the primer

    Fully Built Cars includes:


    • BSA highly polished (or graphite-coated) axles
    • BSA precision lathed (or graphite-coated) wheels
    • Pre-weighted with perfect center of gravity for maximum speed.
    • Pre-drilled axle holes so your car rolls straight.
    • Track tested for speed.
    • Proven FAST with many District winners and State winners!

    Only $45.95 and $85.95


    Basic Speed Hints for Beginners

    If this is your first race, you need to know a few basic speed tips to have a competitive car...


    Prep your Axles


    • First, the axles that come in the BSA Cub Scout kit are not axles; they are nails, and crude ones at that! Run your fingers along the shaft of the nail to feel the crimp marks and burrs. These must be removed or they will grind up the plastic in your wheels, severely slowing your car.

    • You can modify the axles yourself with our axle file and axle polishing kit or get our polished axles, if you don't want to do it yourself.

    Lube your axles


    • The single most important thing you can do to increase your car speed is to lubricate your axles with graphite. It comes in a tube and is simply squirted on each axle. You can never have too much graphite on your wheels and axles!


    Weight Your Car


    • Your car moves down the track from the force of gravity. Be sure your car is fully to get maximum velocity. Pinewood derby weights come in all sizes. You can stick them on, screw them on, or embed them into the car so they are hidden.




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        Pinewood Derby
        Tips & Hints

        Make your car slim. If your car is too chunky, there will be lots of weight in the wood, leaving less weight for your weights. You want lots of weight so you can move the center of gravity to the optimal point to maximize inertia.



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        wheels Tip

        A lathed wheel means the wheel was turned at a high speed and "sanded" with a cutting tool. Lathed Wheels are perfectly tuned around the axis of rotation giving you the highest performance.


        Pinewood Derby
        rules Hint

        If it isn't explicitly stated in the rules, then you can do it. If you have questions about your rules, ask your race manager, since all races have different rules.


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