Pinewood Derby Racing
About Pinewood Pro and Cub Scouts
This is a brief history of Pinewood Pro
Welcome to Pinewood Pro,
the pinewoodderby experts since 1995!
My name is Joe Gargiulo, the founder of Pinewood Pro. I live in Trumbull, CT with my wife Nancy, son, Steven, and two daughters. Steven started in Cub Scout Pack 468 and became an Eagle Scout with Troop 65. He and I have been involved with Cub Scouts and PinewoodDerby car racing since he was a Tiger Cub in 1994.
During my son's Cub Scout years, I managed the Pinewood Derby race for Pack 468. The website idea came from my experience managing our Cub Scout Pack pinewood derby race coupled with our success at winning races. I started Pinewood Pro in 1999 to help others build their pinewood derby car. That same year, I wrote our #1 best seller, Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets, that has helped thousands of people build winning pinewood derby cars. I beam when someone sends an email with their pinewood derby story of how our products helped them.
We are very proud to be involved with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Pinewood Derby racing by volunteering our time, making yearly donations to BSA and local cub scout packs and helping people through Pinewood Pro. We also are happy to be involved with other pinewood (a.k.a. pine car or Grand Prix) organizations such as AWANA Grand Prix, Royal Rangers, Shape N Race Derby, Kub Kar Rally, Girl Scouts Grand Prix and WIRL. With your support (link to our site!) we will continue the Pinewood Pro tradition of helping others design, build and race winning pinewoodderby cars.
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.
A warped block is ok, as long as your axles are square to the block. Use the PRO Driller Tool to drill perfectly straight axle holes which insures your car will roll straight.
When it comes to Pinewood Derby racing, Rules are not meant to be broken. Check with other racers or your race manager before your race to clarify what is allowed and how your car will be inspected when it is checked in.
- Helping Pinewood Derby Racers
...for over 15 years.
We ran our 3 cars at a local pack meet, and what a great time my kids had. Both of my two boys prepared their cars with your tooling. My boys were given first and second place.
- Brian from DE
We won! In the championships we beat 24 other Bears and won every heat.
- Kevin K. from CA
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
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My son's car won every heat it raced. Thanks again Joe. Your info is the best out there!
This is my son's first Derby car as a Tiger Cub Scout. We had a lot of fun working on this together. Even though he didn't place it was a rewarding experience. Next year we plan to build something even more unique and perhaps a little more challenging. Thanks for a great web site!
- Shawn from CA
With the help of your block, axes, wheels, and lube we went from last place 3 years running to 1st place overall. Thanks!- Roger