Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets

Building a fast, winning pinewood derby car

Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets

About the Author: , Pinewood Pro founder

winning pinewood derby secrets book image If you want to win your pinewood derby race, you need 2 things:

Winning Secrets
and
Winning Products

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 15 years!

You can also check out our guide on How To Build a Fast Car for free info!

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.


You'll be amazed. I was, and so were our winners....but don't take our word for it,
read over 95 customer reviews!


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.






Highlighted Reviews

Derby Secrets It's a Winner by
5/ 5 stars
I helped my grandsons build their first cars with the help of Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets. All I can say is WOW!
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!!


Great Information for the Price by
5/ 5 stars
Easy read with useful embedded links for all Pinewood Derby needs. This book was very helpful for those just starting with the pinewood derby. I only wish I could afford all the author's products. They are tailor made for a specific application, which is what tools are all about. He does offer alternatives to his products first, all of which are extremely helpful in building a fast pinewood derby car. I highly recommend this book to all Cub Scout families as a reference.


Easy enough for a Mom to do! by
5/ 5 stars
This info was the best! We did as many steps as our pack would allow on how to build a fast pinewood derby car. We started on a Tuesday and finished Saturday morning before the race. This was our first year. My son only had this year before he moves on to boyscouts. I wanted it to be memorable for him. To say the least, it was so much more than that. WE WON 1ST PLACE. Just to see him light up, from all the hard work we did was worth every moment of lost sleep. The memories are worth the world. I couldn't have been happier with our results.


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Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets

Table of Contents

About the author and Pinewood Pro
History of the Pinewood Derby

Step 1: Doing It Right!

  • Safety First
  • Playing by the Rules
  • Have Fun
  • Share the Joy
  • How this book is written

Before starting to build your pinewood derby car, think safety first and understand your race rules.

Step 2: Making Your Car Cool!

  • Designing your Car
  • Time saver hints
  • The 5-minute car design
  • Rough Cuts
  • Midway to Victory
  • Fine Tuning
  • Construction Tips
  • Glue, don't get gummed up!
  • Be square
  • Roller Derby
  • How to remove a "stuck" axle
  • Chip off the block

How to design your pinewood derby car. Tips and hints will help your build your car faster, while avoiding mistakes.

Step 3: Making Your Car Sharp!

  • Prep Makes Perfect
  • Painting and Detailing
  • The Finishing Touch

painting and detailing tips to make your car sharp and cool.

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)!


Speed Secrets for a Fast Car Design


  • 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

Car design speed tips and mistakes to avoid that will slow your car.

Speed Secrets for the Fastest Wheels


  • 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

How to make your car wheels fast.

Speed Secrets for the Fastest Axles


  • 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!

How to make your car axles fast.

Weight Secrets to Maximize Speed


  • 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!

Lots of weight secrets to make your car as fast as it can be.

Lube Secrets to Maximize Speed


  • Slick Lubrication
  • A Slicker (and cleaner) lubricant
  • DON'T use this lubricant!

All lubricants are not equal. Here are the alternatives and one to avoid.

PRO Race Winning Secrets - These will make you a winner!


  • 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: Light as a Feather
  • PRO Secret #15: Slim Down
  • PRO Secret #16: Starting Gate Placement
  • PRO Secret #17: PRO Super Speed Axles... only from Pinewood Pro
  • PRO Secret #18: PRO graphite-coated black lightening Axles...only from Pinewood Pro
  • PRO Secret #19: PRO graphite-coated Speed Wheels...only from Pinewood Pro

Our axles, wheels, lube, weight and precision tuning secrets will make you a contender...

These race winning secrets will make you a winner.

Step 5: Step Up to the Winner's Circle!

We did, and you can too!


Last minute tune ups and hints.

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Clamping pinewood derby block

clamp your block to secure it before sawing!

Drilling holes in the pinewood block

We start with techniques to build your car...

spacing between pinewood block and wheels

Show you things like optimal wheel spacing so your axles don't bind and your wheels don't wobble.

Axle alignment to reduce friction

Speed secrets to reduce friction...
Critical axle and wheel preparations to win races...

Speed secrets to reduce friction

We show you how to build your car with all the latest race winning secrets and products, updated annually.

Winning Products

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
Lubricants pinewood derby graphite

PRO Graphite

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.
Axles pinewood derby Super Speed Axles

PRO Super Speed,
Graphite-Coated Axles

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.
Wheels

graphite-coated BSA speed wheels

PRO BSA Ultra-Lite,
Graphite-Coated Wheels

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.
Tools

pinewood derby PRO tools image
PRO tools

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 pinewood derby cars
drilled blocks

Drilled blocks insure that your car rolls straight and also offers a raised wheel option to increase speed.
Pre-Built Cars

pre-cut pinewood derby cars
fully built PRO cars

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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      Just like the pistons in an engine block, you want your axles to be tight fitting in the wheel bore, to reduce wheel wobble. If your Rules allow, use one of our slightly oversized Speed Axle or PRO Super Speed Axle.


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      building Hint

      Don't put a round peg (axle) in a square hole! Axle slots are square but your axles are round, making it difficult to get them to go in straight. Use a drill press or the PRO Driller to redrill the axle slot so you have a straight round hole to insert your axles


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      ...for over 15 years.

    • father scout winning team

      Hey Joe- Just wanted to pass on the good news- and a few nice pix. We ended up in 2nd place out of 63 cars racing. Not too bad, and we'll be at district in a few weeks.
      - David from IL



    • Thanks for offering such great products to beginners. My son finished 1st in his pack, 2nd in his district, and 6th overall for his first year. Will definitely order from you again.
      - Matthew from TN



    • Thank you very much! I've always had very good luck with your products and I will continue to purchase everything I need from you!
      - Jenna from AL



    • pinewood derby winner

      My son won third in his pack, and we are waiting the district race. Thanks again for all of your wonderful products!
      - Tom from AZ



    • Last year we took 1st place in our pack I am sold on your speed axles and speed wheels. We raced the car in his elementary school, and he won 1st place in the whole school. Thanks so much!
      - Kirk from UT



    • This was our first year racing in the Pinewood Derby. We came out in second place. Thanks for all your help, without your book, we would not have won!! Look at that big smile.
      - Eli from TN



    • Thank you for the great service. I will be coming back to purchase fo my grandson's pinewood derby. Thanks again, it's been great doing business with Pinewood Pro. Blessings to you and your staff.
      - Jim from IL



    • 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



    • Thank you for your help, my grandson took first place in his pinewood derby race!
      - Grandpa Jim from PA



    • This was my 7-year-old's first Pinewood Derby and he won 1st! We followed your Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets and his car smoked other the cars by 4-5 car lengths each race. Thanks again.
      - John



    • 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



    • My son--a first time Pinewood Derby participant--won his Den, Pack, and District championships thanks to Pinewood Pro! Also won design and workmanship awards. Thanks, Pinewood Pro!
      - Mike

    • We took first in our pack of 60 cars. It was an amazing day. Thanks again Joe. Your info is the best out there!
      - Gina

    • Boy scouts win fast cars

      Thanks a ton for all the tips and the Wheels and Axles! We beat cars that had taken district and region in Georgia! This was my last race with my two boys. Great way to end! Thanks again!
      - David

    • My son won the entire event, even against the older scouts. Thanks
      - Rodd

    • This was our very first time building a Pine Derby car for Awana Club. We won first place in our age class and 3rd place over all the age classes up to high school. Thanks, Pinewood Pro!
      - Kirk

    • One of my girls won the "girls fav" car which was picked by all the girl scouts as their fav. Thanks
      - Stephanie

    • 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

    • He took first place in his wolf pack and then took first place as the Grand Champion. Thank You for the awesome axles they did the trick!
      - Keith

    • With the help of your block, axes, wheels, and lube we went from last place 3 years running to 1st place overall. Thanks!

      - Roger

    • father-son derby winner

      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

    • We downloaded Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets and began reading and working. We won first place overall in our Pack! Alex is a Webelos 2 this year, so it was our last chance and we won!
      - Brad and Alex

    • father-son winner

      The speed axles did the trick second year in a row!
      - Debbie & Frank

Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets