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
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.
When adding Nyoil to your axles, "less is more"! Only use one or two drops per axle and wipe off any excess oil. The oil should not be run down your axle.
If your block is cracked, don't panic! The only problem with a cracked block is if the crack is near the axle, which can cause the axle to move. Random cracks in safe areas can simply be filled with wood filler.
- Helping Pinewood Derby Racers
...for over 15 years.
This is year #3 with you and we just keep winning!!! We did the Red thunderbolt and the Black Lightning cars. Thanks for the great products!
- Phil from CA
I just read your Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets book and I can not wait to apply the information. Thanks for the help!
- Tully from TX
This was my 7 year old son's first Pinewood Derby and I would have paid 100 times the price just to see the expression on his face when he took first! Your information was invaluable!
Fred & Vincent
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- Pinewood Pro...
Wow, we did it! Dad, I'll never forget this night.
- Steven Gargiulo
I have purchased from you for two consecutive years and am an extremely satisfied customer. The order arrived promptly and I am very pleased with your products and service. Thank you so much!
- Trey from SC
I ordered a set of your BSA wheels and axels last minute on Wednesday for overnight delivery. Our race was on Friday. We finished in 6th out of 80 cars, and will be going to the Divisional Race! My son was never happier! Thanks again!
- Steve from KY