Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets
Building a fast, winning pinewood derby car
How to Build a Fast Car
If you want to win your pinewood derby race, you need 2 things:
Perhaps you've built a car or two and had some success.
Now you can bring home the trophy with our Time-Tested Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets and our Track-Tested Speed Products that have produced 1000's of winners for over 10 years.
Let's start with the Winning Secrets...
Unleash the speed you need to win! You can do it with the best list of secret Pinewood Derby speed tips, guaranteed!
Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets shines above anything else. Why? Because, as an engineer, I give you my inventions that were tested on my own track to win Pack and District races. You won't find these hints anywhere else.
You get over 40 secret speed tips. The first section of my book contains the "must do" speed tricks...Most people who have built a few cars or have searched the internet know these tricks. You must do these basic things to have a competitive pine wood derby car.
The last section of my book titled "PRO Race Winning Secrets" will speed your car ahead of the pack. These tips will bring home the trophy.
Winning Secrets gives you everything you need to design and build a winning car...Clear, Concise, Fun, Proven...with CAD drawings, pictures and illustrations. It is updated annually so you have the latest.
Get all the secrets you need to win with the #1 best seller.
So many little details make a huge difference to the speed of the car! They both won every heat they raced in except when they ran against each other.
Now it's off to the district races at Mall of America. The smiles on their faces are priceless holding their trophy's. I would have paid three times the cost of the book if I knew this was the end results, Thank You Pinewood Pro!!
Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets
Table of Contents
About the author and Pinewood Pro
Pinewood Derby History and The Joys of Racing
Step 1: Doing It Right!
Playing by the Rules
Share the Joy
How this book is written
Step 2: Making Your Car Cool!
Designing your Car
Time saver hints
The 5-minute car design
Midway to Victory
Glue, don't get gummed up!
How to remove a "stuck" axle
Chip off the block
Step 3: Making Your Car Sharp!
Prep Makes Perfect
Painting and Detailing
The Finishing Touch
Step 4: Making Your Car Fast!!!
These are the essential speed tricks you need to have a competitive car... But to WIN, you'll need the PRO Race Winning Secrets (below)!
- Aerodynamics Myth - surprise! New thoughts on this one
- Just Like Baking Bread - you'll be cookin'
- Shapely Looks - shape your car for speed
- Don't Get the Point - Avoid this mistake
- Beware of the Paper Tiger! - Another common mistake to avoid
- Don't Fly Into the Wind
- Nobody's Perfect - fix your wheels or fry
- Just like an ice cream cone
- The Perfect Match
- Optimal Spacing - or you'll have ABS brakes!
- Wheel and Axle Alignment
- Pack Light - another wheel trick
- Crookeder Than a Dog's Back
- Two Black Eyes
- Polish Makes Perfect
- Turned and Polished BSA Axles
- Slick Lubrication - make your wheels happy
- A Slicker (and cleaner) Lubricant - this will surprise you
- DON'T use this Lubricant! - it will slooow your car!
- The Skinny on Weight - Newton's First Law of Motion, you must get this right to win
- Weight Placement: part 1 - Center of Mass , critical weight positioning
- Weight Placement: Part 2 - getting jiggy with it, another mistake to avoid
- Weight Placement: Part 3 - hold the line, balancing hint
- Weight - Don't Wait! - You need to know this!
- PRO Secret #1: Nothing is Better
- PRO Secret #2: Max Head Room
- PRO Secret #3: Triple Threat
- PRO Secret #4: Heavy Construction
- PRO Secret #5: Hub Rub - the HUB!
- PRO Secret #6: Hub Rub - the RUB!
- PRO Secret #7: Basis for Spaces
- PRO Secret #8: The Right Angles
- PRO Secret #9: Cap it Off
- PRO Secret #10: Don't Get Railroaded
- PRO Secret #11: Simulation Stimulation
- PRO Secret #12: Be Boring!
- PRO Secret #13: Set and Match
- PRO Secret #14: PRO Speed Axles
- PRO Secret #15 : Graphite-Coated "black lightening" Axles
- PRO Secret #16: Graphite-coated PRO Speed Wheels
- PRO Secret #17 : Light as a feather
Speed Secrets for a Fast Car Design
Speed Secrets for the Fastest Wheels
Speed Secrets for the Fastest Axles
Weight Secrets to Maximize Speed
PRO Race Winning Secrets - These will make you a winner!
Step 5: Step Up to the Winner's Circle!
We did, and you can too!
Try it. It's inexpensive, and thousands of winners proves that it works!
You can build a winner, with the right Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets!
clamp your block to secure it before sawing!
We start with techniques to build your car...
Show you things like optimal wheel spacing so your axles don't bind and your wheels don't wobble.
Speed secrets to reduce friction...
Critical axle and wheel preparations to win races...
We show you how to build your car with all the latest race winning secrets and products, updated annually.
To make a fast, winning car you need the Winning Secrets AND Winning Speed Products. Yes, you can win a race without the best speed products on the market, but that depends on your competition! Chances are, some racers know the Secrets and have created or purchased the speed products needed to make a high performance car.
We have all the PRO tools if you want to do-it-yourself, and we have all the PRO Speed Products that have been track-tested to prove they are the fastest.
To win your race, pick (or design) the best Speed Products that are appropriate for your race. That means, you need to read your race rules and select the most appropriate products for your race. How do you know which products are "appropriate"? Reference your race rules, and ask your Race Manager if you have any questions, becasue EVERY race is different.
Our PRO Products fall into the categories below. I summarized the category and highlight our highest performance PRO Speed Products, but you should reference all the products in each category to be sure our PRO product are appropriate for your race.
|Category||PRO Speed Product||Speed Notes|
|Pinewood PRO Graphite is a special blend of dry powdered graphite with sub-micron molybdenum disulfide additive. It substantially decreases friction!
Track tests show a 17% to 20% speed increase, depending on the axles being used.
PRO Super Speed,
We recommend our PRO Super Speed grooved and graphite-coated axles, which out performed every axle we tested.
Our track tests showed a 16.7% speed increase over stock BSA axles.
We also offer BSA grooved and graphite-coated axles.
PRO BSA Ultra-Lite,
We recommend our PRO BSA Ultra-Lite graphite-coated wheels, which out performed every BSA wheel we tested.
Our track tests showed a 23.8% speed increase over stock BSA wheels.
We also offer lightly lathed BSA wheels.
PRO tools do everything from drilling axle holes so your car rolls straight, to polishing the inside of your wheel bore for that little extra speed, to rail rider tools for a technical advantage.
We even have handy tools for gapping your wheels and an Axle Puller to remove your axles without damaging your wheels.
|Blocks||Drilled blocks insure that your car rolls straight and also offers a raised wheel option to increase speed.|
If you can not build your own car, our fully built PRO pinewood derby cars are fully built and tested for speed!
These cars are precision tuned, track tested and ready to race.
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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.
Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets contains all the tips you need to win your race. Updated annually with the latest tips and speed products, our book has proven results with 1000's of winners... but don't take our word for it! Read over 90 Customer Reviews and check out our Winners Gallery!
Put a coat of wood primer on your car before painting it because pine wood is porous and will absorb the first coat of paint. Lightly sand the primer after it dries, then apply a final coat (or two) for a clean, finished look.
Thank you very much for the tips in your Winning Secrets book. Out of 116 cars in our AWANA Grand Prix, my boys came in first in their divisions and 1st and 3rd overall. They (and Dad) were thrilled!
My daughter won 1st place, and my son won 3rd place. It was very fun and hope to do again next year. Thanks for your great information,
With the help of your block, axes, wheels, and lube we went from last place 3 years running to 1st place overall. Thanks!- Roger
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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. Thanks again,
Thanks to your detailed instructions, speed tips and parts, we won 1st place! Thanks so much.
We won every race we entered as well as the grand prize for the fastest car! Thanks for your help and interest.