Pinewood Derby Museum

Pinewood Pro is the proud sponsor of the Pinewood Derby Museum
The only one of its kind in the US

Pinewood Derby Museum image Joe Gargiulo has researched and collected pinewood derby artifacts for well over 10 years. He has visited the original site of the first pinewood derby race in Manhattan Beach, CA, conducted interviews, library research and met with Donn Murphy, the son of the inventor of pinewood derby racing.

He researched what happened after the first pinewood derby race to understand how this simple idea of racing miniature cars quickly spread across the US and then became a world-wide phenomenon that is still going strong 60 years later.


Best of all, YOU can be part of the Museum!


The Pinewood Derby Museum Grand Opening was Jan 4, 2015.


Museum is part of the Southwestern CT BSA Heritage Museum located at:
BSA Connecticut Yankee Council Building
60 Wellington Rd.
Milford, CT
Open Saturdays 10-2.

I hope to see you there...

What you will see at the pinewood derby museum


The Pinewood Derby Museum features:

  • Select pages from Don Murphy's original 1953 PWD plan, complete with his Pack meeting announcement for the first pinewood derby race.

  • Pictures, an interview and signed cars from Donn Murphy

  • A replica of Donn Murphy's original 1953 car, "The First Racer", signed by Donn Murphy

  • Trophies, a ribbon and medal from the 2nd pinewood derby in 1954, when PWD racing spread across the Los Angeles area.

  • The 1954 article from Boy's Life that introduced pinewood derby racing to the Boy Scouts of America

  • Cool, hot pinewood derby cars, like the Ghost Rider, Scorpion and Hartford Whalers Stanley Cup cars built by adults for Scout Reach fund raiser races.

  • A digital display with hundreds of pinewood derby smiling winners, cars, trophies and ribbons

  • A digital display featuring "Your Pinewood Derby Story". Be a part of the Museum by submitting your pictures and your pinewood derby story...(see below)


Everyone seems to have an interesting story behind building their car with a parent or grand parent. Or perhaps you won your race, or lost, or crashed, or created a cool car, or had a touching moment with a parent, friend or guardian that you want to share.

Just e-mail us a picture or two with a few lines of text at info@pinewoodpro.com and we will put you in our slide show featuring "Your Pinewood Derby Story".

A Hand Written story by the child is preferred. This gives your child more ownership of their pinewood derby by sharing their personal experience. Let them write whatever they want. Some questions to get them started:

  • What was the most fun part of building your car?
  • What do remember most about your pinewood derby race?
  • Tell me about your car? Did you name it? Why did you choose that design or color scheme?
  • What makes your car special
You might be surprised at what they say! Preserve those precious memories in the Pinewood Derby Museum.

Below are a few of those priceless stories:

pinewood derby story



slowest pinewood derby car



girls pinewood derby story


Email us pictures and "Your Pinewood Derby Story" today at info@pinewoodpro.com!


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