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Car design video, fun derby race videos, exclusive interview with Donn Murphy, vintage cars, more!

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We have a cool video that is set to the Beach Boys' Little Deuce Coupe and an interview with Donn Murphy who tells you about the history of pinewood derby and how his Dad started it all in 1953.

Pinewood Derby video - intro animation of car racing down track


Pinewood Derby video - beginning intro of car racing down track

Cool animation of the Pinewood Pro "logo car" racing down the track with checkered flag finish...hot and fast!

This video is used as the beginning intro to all Pinewood Pro videos.

Pinewood Derby video - fast, fun, winning races set to Little Deuce Coupe sound track

Pinewood Derby Race Video Winners

Winning Pinewood Derby races - fast, fun and entertaining video clips!

Remember this? "Well I'm not braggin' so don't put me down, but I've got the fastest set of wheels in town!"



I took these videos at multiple Cub Scout Pack races in the area, picked some of the emotional clips (there were many more!) and then set the video to the Beach Boys' Little Deuce Coupe music...lot's of Cub Scout emotion and derby fun, exactly what pinewood derby is about.

This is a great video to share with your Pack when giving out their kits or on race night.

Pinewood Derby Video - Donn Murphy interview - history of pinewood derby

Interview about Pinewood Derby History

Pinewood Derby Video - Donn Murphy gives a brief history of pinewood derby

Who started the pinewood derby?

Donn Murphy, son of the inventor, talks about the history of pinewood derby in this exclusive Pinewood Pro interview. Donn talks about how his father invented the pinewood derby in 1953 citing excerpts from his father's book, PINEWOOD! The Story of the Pinewood Derby, while Joe Gargiulo talks about his book, Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets. Video features many pictures from the very first derby race in 1953.

For any scout or pinewood derby historians, I would strongly recommend reading a Pinewood Pro's brief history of the pinewood derby and also picking up a copy of Don Murphy's book that gives full details, complete with pictures from the orginal race, original drawings, rules, etc. A great resource for any Cub Scout Pack.

Pinewood Derby Video - winning vintage cars 1955

Winning Vintage Pinewood Derby cars video

Pinewood Derby Video - winning vintage cars 1955

Pinewood Pro interviews one of the first pinewood derby car builders in the country.


Craig built two cars in 1955 and 1956, soon after the BSA launched the pinewood derby event for the Cub Scout program. Craig speaks about his cars while Joe from Pinewood Pro speaks about the start of pinewood derby racing, which began in 1953 but wasn't introduced by BSA until late 1954, making 1955 the first year of pinewood derby racing by the Cub Scouts.



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    • Pinewood Derby
      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.








      Pinewood Derby
      axles Tip

      Many of the BSA "nails" that come in your kit are crooked. Chuck each axle in your drill and spin them. If the axle looks blurry as it spins, that axle is crooked. Replace crooked axles or consider getting an Axle Press Tool to straighten crooked axles.



      Pinewood Derby
      lubes Hint

      Nyoil stays on your axles throughout the race, unlike powdered graphite that blows off every time your car goes down the track. This gives Nyoil coated axles a speed advantage if your car keeps racing.



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    • pinewood derby winner with trophy

      My son, won his pack derby today on our first attempt! He won 9 races in a row and none of them were even close. Thanks for your assist in this father & son memory.
      - Kevin from VT



    • My son won 1st place for the fastest car. Thank you for all of your tips and tricks they were a big help.
      - Rob



    • Great tips in your Winning Secrets book! This was our first year and my son was the overall District Winner. There were 250 racers at the District race so I'm guessing we have something like 1,000 scouts in our district. With that type of competition you need these tips to be competitive.
      - Mike from FL



    • girls win grand prize fastest

      We won every race we entered as well as the grand prize for the fastest car! Thanks for your help and interest.
      - Debra

    • Your tips were Fabulous! Competing in the District Race tomorrow...Our first time making a car! You ROCK!!!!
      - Nancy B from NC

    • My son and I finished 1st in our race! My son won the championship, and my daugther's car won 2nd place in the Family division. We were all very happy! Thank you from the entire family!
      - Josh, Haley and Philip

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